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Should broadcasters have worn dead player’s jersey on the air?

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by MTM, Jul 13, 2019.

  1. MTM

    MTM Well-Known Member

    Media columnist Tom Hoffarth and San Diego U-T sports editor Jay Posner are getting a lot of heat for criticizing Angels broadcasters for wearing Tyler Skaggs jersey on the air on the day the entire team did to honor their fallen teammate.

    I agree with them. While the broadcasters are not journalists, they are not on the team and it starts making the night about them and not the game.

    Are we wrong?

  2. Regan MacNeil

    Regan MacNeil Well-Known Member

    Even if you think it's dumb, a guy died. Keep your mouth shut and let it go.
  3. BurnsWhenIPee

    BurnsWhenIPee Well-Known Member

    File this under: Being pissed off just to be pissed off about something.

    Does it really matter, and if it is wrong, is it really a capital offense?
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  4. PCLoadLetter

    PCLoadLetter Well-Known Member

    The answer is yes, the people complaining are wrong. And their arguments are silly.

    Posner wants you to think he's just concerned about professional workplace attire? Hoffarth wants to know what Vin Scully would do? Vin Scully would have tried to sell you Farmer John hot dogs.

    They are not journalists. They are employees of the team, hosting a broadcast of the team's game. If they want to wear the dead player's jersey, go for it. It is not, on any level, "making it about themselves."
  5. HanSenSE

    HanSenSE Well-Known Member

    What PC said. If it were a national broadcast, yeah, I'd be worried. But this was a local one.

    Inevitably, someone will bring up Wilbon being on a post-game SportsCenter wearing a Cubs jersey, but remember he was reloctant to be on the air then because he was attending the game as a fan.
  6. heyabbott

    heyabbott Well-Known Member

    It’s fine. Are broadcasters employed by the team? It chosen by the team?
  7. ChrisLong

    ChrisLong Well-Known Member

    I thought it was weird when I first saw it, but then, what the hell. Who cares? They are honoring the guy. Being objective doesn't mean you can't honor somebody. I have no problem with it at all.
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  8. goalmouth

    goalmouth Well-Known Member

    I hope Skaggs' cause of death doesn't boomerang on all this.
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  9. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

    He's still dead and people are still mourning, no matter how he died.
  10. goalmouth

    goalmouth Well-Known Member

    You must be a journalist.
  11. Inky_Wretch

    Inky_Wretch Well-Known Member

    Man, every TV station in SEC country has the local team’s logo on the polo shirts issued to on-air talent. This isn’t new.
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  12. playthrough

    playthrough Moderator Staff Member

    I don't think they were "making it about themselves," but I'm not a fan of it. But I can agree to disagree, though. Hoffarth or anyone else criticizing via Twitter is just a waste of time because nuanced discussions there have been out to lunch for years.
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