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Refs settle field vs. press box debate ...

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by HanSenSE, Nov 18, 2011.

  1. HanSenSE

    HanSenSE Well-Known Member

    by kicking media off field.

  2. Rhody31

    Rhody31 Well-Known Member

    I don't know anything about that community or station, but should that really have been "the big story" for the broadcast? It sounds more like people whining than anything else. The could have shot video from the stands, but instead decided to bitch.
  3. Armchair_QB

    Armchair_QB Well-Known Member

    Seems to me the officials are within their rights to remove folks from the sideline if there is a space/crowding issue. If the chain gang or officials can't get up and down the sidelines they do have the power to clear that space.

    But if that was the case you'd think they'd remove everybody but the two teams.
  4. bydesign77

    bydesign77 Active Member

    New rules restrict anyone from being within two yards of the field after the ready for play. No one is allowed in the team box.

    What we have run into is the hangers on trying to "coach" from outside the team box. If a "coach" is outside that team box during play, that's a penalty. Basically, we've come close to getting rid of everyone, but usually, we tell the head coach to take care of it, they send someone to kick them off the field, and it's solve.
  5. Stitch

    Stitch Active Member

    If I see a local newscast talk about high school sports, I'll change the channel.
  6. MileHigh

    MileHigh Moderator Staff Member

    And even 2 yards isn't enough, frankly. And I say this as a high school ref and as someone who covered games from the sideline. Get everyone 4-5 yards back.
  7. bydesign77

    bydesign77 Active Member

    I don't disagree.
  8. Rhody31

    Rhody31 Well-Known Member

    If I see a local newscast talk about pro sports, I change the channel.
    But I don't see how a HS story that's not really a story leads a 11 p.m. news.
  9. jr/shotglass

    jr/shotglass Well-Known Member

    Agreed. And agreed.
  10. ColdCat

    ColdCat Well-Known Member

    that story as the lead is the result of the crew covering that game letting emotions in and saying "I'm pissed off, but oh look, I have a way to voice my displeasure to a lot of people. suck it, ref."
    The folks at home don't need to know the ref screwed you over. It can go in the blog, not in the broadcast. I have been in these situations before where someone put restrictions on me doing my job. I complained to their face. Voiced my displeasure. Then went about my job. Deadline comes whether you're done yelling at the principal or not.
  11. HanSenSE

    HanSenSE Well-Known Member

    We have the wisdom of spnited to guide us: "We are not the story. We are the storytellers."
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