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To those of you who sit in the press box, How True is this statement?

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by heyabbott, Nov 19, 2007.

  1. heyabbott

    heyabbott Well-Known Member

    "In 2007, I am one of two or three African Americans in the press box," Rhoden said.

    True or False?
     
  2. Eagleboy

    Eagleboy Guest

    Combining the people who also cover the teams I do, I know of one.

    Given the area, that's par for the course.

    But I doubt his claim.
     
  3. mike311gd

    mike311gd Active Member

    In which press box? The last basketball game I covered, I'd say about a half-dozen African-American reporters were there and the last high school game I covered, I wrote right next to another.

    I wonder if Rhoden looks at numbers before he writes anything.
     
  4. heyabbott

    heyabbott Well-Known Member

    For Rhoden to sit in a press box it would be the Knicks, the Jets, the Giants, the Yankees, the Mets, NBA and NFL playoffs, the NCAA tournament and maybe the BCS Championship. Only 2 or 3 African Americans from across the nation cover these games?
     
  5. If he's talking about press row at, say, a Celtics game, he might be off by one.
     
  6. Rufino

    Rufino Active Member

    If the press box is in any of the five cities where I cover college or pro games in this state, he'd be right. If he's talking about a national event like the Final Four or Super Bowl, of course not.
     
  7. Stone Cane

    Stone Cane Member

    is there an icon for one-trick fucking pony?
     
  8. spnited

    spnited Active Member

    At a national event, obviosuly the statement is preposterous.
    But consider the 7 NYC area papers who travel regularly with most of the NY teams --- Times, News, Post, Newsday, Star-Ledger, The Record, Gannett Westchester-Rockland -- and tell me how many black beat writers there are on all of the major beats combined.
     
  9. Appgrad05

    Appgrad05 Active Member

    If I am sitting in the press box, one of my co-workers isn't there. He's the only consistent one covering three major Division I universities.
     
  10. broadway joe

    broadway joe Guest

    I've been in the press box of college and pro games where there were only two or three African-Americans present. I wouldn't say it's the usual circumstance, but it's not all that rare.
     
  11. HoopsMcCann

    HoopsMcCann Active Member

    rhoden or heyabbott?
     
  12. StaggerLee

    StaggerLee Active Member

    Just going by the game I covered Sunday, there were four African-American sports writers on my row, and at least half a dozen more on the second and third rows.
     
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