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High School fantasy football?!

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Perry White, Sep 26, 2006.

  1. Perry White

    Perry White Active Member

    Ah, this is a D_B; it's on the Sports/News board

    Apologies if this is a D_B (via Romanesko): http://www.twincities.com/mld/twincities/15607498.htm

    We began our high school fantasy football feature this season as a fun way to get kids' names in the paper. This wasn't about gambling, because no money was involved. As with our weekly "playmakers" and statistical leaders, it was another opportunity to spotlight the top performers in the area.

    However, some schools are objecting and are now refusing to provide statistics and other information to the Pioneer Press until we stop this feature. They say fantasy football is inappropriate on the high school level. They say it is too closely associated with gambling and/or it promotes individualism over team. As a result, our statistics package is smaller than normal this week.
  2. Cousin Jeffrey

    Cousin Jeffrey Active Member

    That's nothing. In my hometown, you CAN gamble on high school games. A few bookie joints had high school football lines. I remember checking out two lines once and they both pushed, which was weird.
  3. SirTypeAlot

    SirTypeAlot Member

    The subject line nearly made me throw up.
  4. MGoBlue

    MGoBlue Member

    I agree with Sir ... STOP THE INSANITY!

    And I back the coaches on not providing you stats. Good for them.
  5. This was something we briefly considered at my shop a while back. I said it then and I'll say it here, bad idea! We already spotlight the top performers each week and include stats leaders. If the idea is to get more kids' names in the paper, I don't see how creating fantasy teams is going to do that. You're just running the names of the same players who would already be in there. You really want to get names in the paper? Publish every team's roster. I'm sure that will boost sales.
  6. ronalong

    ronalong Guest

    If you want to get kids names in the paper, start a section I have used for nine years at three different papers. It's called "Game balls." Let the coach of each team in your coverage area select the players who deserve game balls, which they used to give away in pro ball. We list each player's name and mothers come and get extra copies when their kid is in there. One coach once put his entire defense in the section and a teacher came in and bought 12 copies. One to post on the information board at school and the other 11 went to each of the players named.
  7. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    In this case I applaud the schools for refusing to allow their stats to be used this way.

    Stop the insanity.
  8. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    This seems more of a journalism topic, though, Perry. I don't think it's really a D_B.
  9. TheHacker

    TheHacker Member

    Lest anyone think the Pioneer Press is alone on this, The Washington Post has been doing the same thing this season. Doesn't seem to have been poorly received.
  10. Mark

    Mark Member

    Here's the verdict......

  11. BH33

    BH33 Member

    Wow. Pulling the plug on the high school fantasy football was the right call - dumb idea in the first place - but not sure Mr. Bass needed to defend his idea by blasting the whiney parents. Sure, it's all stuff we want to say, but the whiney parents has nothing to do with this. Just say we made an error in judgement and move on.

    I will say, however, that I'm jealous of Bass. I've always wanted to write a screw you column to the idiot parents that call and write.
  12. BillyT

    BillyT Active Member

    What's wrong with saying "We made a mistake?" and moving on.

    And the expletive, hidden or not, embarrassing, just embarrassing.

    I amd in Minneapolis, visiting, and I have to say, great local high school sections in both papers. Same goes for the Detroit Free Press. (I love 2+ hour layovers).
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