Articles matching tag: Media
- Column: Hall of Fame Voting Falls ShortJanuary 26, 2017
The highly anticipated and always controversial voting for the Baseball Hall of Fame is in the books for another year. Members of the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) elected three players – Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines and Pudge Rodriguez – for enshrinement in the Hall’s plaque room. But it’s who wasn’t elected that drew the most attention. Barry Bonds, the greatest hitter of his generation and arguably the third greatest hitter of all time behind only Babe Ruth and Ted Williams, remains on the outside looking in. Ditto for Roger Clemens, winner of seven Cy Young awards and perhaps the greatest pitcher of all time. While both men increased their vote total substantially in their fifth year on the ballot, they still fell 20 points shy of the 75% required for election to the Hall. With five years remaining on the ballot, unless the Hall’s Board of Directors or MLB change the rules of eligibility to exclude them, it is expected that both players will take their rightful place among the all-time greats in Cooperstown.
- Column: NFL Ratings Decline InconsequentialOctober 13, 2016
The September TV ratings are in and viewership of early season NFL games is down 10% from last year’s numbers. That much is clear. What isn’t as clear is the reason behind the falloff. Speculation abounds on the cause of the lower ratings. Among the alleged culprits are the National Anthem protests by players, overexposure of the product, lousy matchups, the loss of key players such as Peyton Manning (retired) and Tom Brady (serving a four-game suspension for his alleged role in Deflategate), declining interest in a sport that has been vilified for the toll it extracts on its players, the legal attacks on the fantasy sports industry, and alternative methods of consumption, e.g., streaming video.
- Column: Female Sportscaster Breaks BarrierSeptember 7, 2015
Like any job, the selection of a sports broadcaster should be based on qualifications for the job. If someone is qualified to do the job, they should be given the opportunity to prove it, although that isn’t always the case. Fortunately, Jessica Mendoza was given her opportunity on August 24 when ESPN selected her to fill in for Aaron Boone, who had been assigned to cover the Little League World Series, as an analyst on a St. Louis-Arizona game. To put her performance in baseball parlance, Mendoza hit it out of the park, which is something she used to do on the softball field.
- Column: MLB Loses Suit on Media RightsSeptember 7, 2014
History can be dry and boring. After all, it’s so “yesterday” and most of us prefer to live in the moment. But if you’re a sports fan, the following bit of history is important to you so bear with me. This history lesson begins in 1922. A Supreme Court decision that didn’t have much of an impact at the time, today affects all sports fans. The Court ruled that baseball games were local affairs, not interstate commerce. As a result, the antitrust laws, which are designed to prohibit actions that unreasonably restrain competition, did not apply to the sport of baseball.
- Column: Richard Sherman's CrimeJanuary 26, 2014
Richard Sherman’s “crime” is that he didn’t kill anyone. If you weren’t familiar with Sherman prior to the NFL conference championship games last weekend, you certainly are now. He’s the Seattle Seahawks’ all-league defensive back who made the game saving play – tipping away San Francisco 49ers’ quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s last second pass – that catapulted the Seahawks into this week’s Super Bowl. In a postgame interview with FOX, Sherman responded to Erin Andrews’ initial question with what can best be described as an 18-second rant.
- Column: Woods and VonnMarch 25, 2013
According to the tabloids, Tiger Woods and Lindsey Vonn are the new number one sports power couple in the world, which raises a multitude of questions. For example, who did they displace? What are the rankings based on, wealth? Unscientific public opinion polls? Career victories? Career earnings? Length of their relationship? The couple’s impact on society? Beauty? The latter may be the place the media starts. Not all, but many athletes are among the most beautiful people in the world. Athletes, male and female, are also among the fittest, tannest, most physically attractive human beings in our society. And beauty begets beauty. Vonn and Woods are no exception. When he isn’t treating media conferences like a day in the dentist’s chair, Woods can display a million watt smile that could light up the darkest room. Vonn is outgoing and personable and at 160 pounds is much more appealing to the eye than any Victoria Secret model sauntering down a runway.