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Paying to see practice

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Bucknutty, Oct 21, 2008.

  1. Bucknutty

    Bucknutty Member

    So the college team I cover always has every practice closed. Trying to get in is completely impossible, and I've been thrown out of one camp for trying. Anyway, this week the university has a thing where for $75 you can watch the men's basketball team practice and interact with the head coach.

    I told my publisher to try and get me a ticket because, hey, it's an opportunity to see practice.

    Is this unethical in any way?
  2. TheMethod

    TheMethod Member

    Why the hell would you want to do that?
  3. Bucknutty

    Bucknutty Member

    It's preseason. I'll take any chance I can get to get a gauge on this team, as well as any chance I can get to see something my competitors might not be seeing.
  4. zebracoy

    zebracoy Guest

    I don't understand how it can be open to fans, but not the media.

    And who the hell would pay $75 for a ticket to any practice?
  5. Bullwinkle

    Bullwinkle Member

    I'm not surprised at what school is doing this...
  6. TheMethod

    TheMethod Member

    I kind of get why you'd want to do this, but I just don't think you're going to see anything that will get you anywhere, assuming, and correct me if I'm wrong, that this is a one-time thing.

    If you had season-long access to practice or once-a-week access, it might be different, but even then I don't think media outlets should be paying for access. You can't put the toothpaste back in the tube.
  7. Bucknutty

    Bucknutty Member

    Definitely a one-time thing. I figure the chance to see what goes on behind closed doors can only help me.
  8. JakeandElwood

    JakeandElwood Well-Known Member

    If it's open to fans, it's not actually behind closed doors. Seems like it will be more of a show, not a routine practice and thus not worth your money, IMO.
  9. mustangj17

    mustangj17 Active Member

    Practice? Practice? Not a game. We talkin' 'bout practice.
  10. playthrough

    playthrough Moderator Staff Member

    Though you could write a tongue-in-cheek story about what $75 gets you. Make the point that you're not allowed at practice but went on the company dime to see if it could possibly be worth it. Then again I don't know how much you want to tick off the coach before the season starts over an inconsequential thing, if you need to have a working relationship with him all year, but $75 does sound like pure larceny.
  11. Bullwinkle

    Bullwinkle Member

    You probably won't gain anything on the competition by going. Everything that happens will be posted on message boards.

    But yeah, if the company is willing to fork over $75, I don't see any harm in going.
  12. Elliotte Friedman

    Elliotte Friedman Moderator Staff Member

    I'm stunned at the reaction to this. Why wouldn't you take the opportunity? Maybe you could, you know, learn something about the team you cover?
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