College football programs try to control message, but they have only themselves to blame – not the media – for game performances

Screen Shot 2017-08-22 at 8.01.26 AMNotre Dame athletics is the most recent sports organization that just doesn’t understand how to work with the media – and, thus, to grow popularity and revenue. Instead of embracing coverage, Notre Dame decided to dictate strict, inhibiting – and, at times, paranoid – rules for sports journalists attending the football team’s practices.

Notre Dame tells media in a recent letter that they cannot produce a video that includes footage from interviews, press conferences and practices that lasts more than three minutes – probably in an attempt to elevate its own website and social media, where one will find lengthier and more in-depth video packages. So, essentially, Notre Dame has decided to reduce the length of numerous free commercials for its university. Advertisers will pay between $85,000 (Fox) and $92,251 (ABC) for 30-second commercials for Saturday night college football games this fall in an attempt to reach the same audience that would view video from Notre Dame practices. Yeah, not genius. Continue reading “College football programs try to control message, but they have only themselves to blame – not the media – for game performances”

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LISTEN: St. Louis Cardinals, Notre Dame make poor media relations choices. Cheers to Azusa Pacific athletics

The St. Louis Cardinals organization recently had a bit of a public relations SNAFU involving Erik Hall, a writer for SB Nation’s Outsports website. Jeff and I discuss this on this week’s sports media podcast, along with Notre Dame football’s own struggles with media relations, and various other stories. Please subscribe and comment on iTunes, if you have the time. Thanks for listening.

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LISTEN: Claire Smith becomes the first woman voted into the writers wing of baseball’s hall of fame, the sad death of a former Yankees pitcher, and more

Screen Shot 2017-08-05 at 4.10.53 PMIn this week’s podcast, Jeff Owens and I address the historical implications of Claire Smith being the first woman, and fourth African-American, voted into the writers’ wing of the Baseball Hall of Fame as the recipient of the J.G. Taylor Spink Award, which has been presented annually since 1962 to those who have offered “meritorious contributions to baseball writing.” We also chat about a controversy surrounding Pete Rose and a teen, Sports Illustrated’s deep dive into the troubled life – and death – of former Yankees pitcher Hideki Irabu, and the lack of fanfare surrounding Adrian Beltre’s eclipsing the 3000-hit mark.

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Cardinals refuse credential to Outsports reporter on Christian Day

When will business leaders, athletic directors, team owners and politicians realize–you can’t suppress negative coverage; you can only, perhaps, delay it.

Most everything eventually becomes public. Just look to the White House (or Baylor University), where stories emerge daily from private discussions and emails. Sports beat writers uncover previously hidden stories as well.

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Advice from veteran sports writer Tommy Deas

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 Tommy Deas, executive sports editor at The Tuscaloosa News and former president of the Associated Press Sports Editors, offered terrific advice to students attending the College Media Mega Workshop here in Minneapolis. Deas regularly mentors young students, which was evident by his pragmatic advice and encouraging tone. 

Here is some advice culled from our conversation with Deas, offered in no particular order of importance:

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LISTEN: Are broadcasts of live sports headed to a Pay Per View model? The Big Lead continues to act as if sportswriters’ political beliefs matter. And we’re split on the recent episode of ‘The Walking Dead.’

On this week’s podcast:

Are sports channels, like ESPN, NFL Network and Fox Sports, eventually going to break off from cable packages, as suggested by a media writer on the “Dan Patrick Show”? Will fans start to purchase streams of live games, paying prices determined by the quality of the match-ups? This approach would go against 100 years of progression in both sports and media. Plus, the Big Lead doubles down on its stories about liberal sports writers by citing its poll – a superficial one – that relies on a tiny sampling that includes many outliers. Plus, we address major league soccer ratings, NFL free agency, The Walking Dead and much more. If you enjoy the show, please rate, review and subscribe on iTunes.

Oregon’s Willie Taggart apparently ends his boycott of Oregonian. Lesson: Don’t give in to bullying by coaches

College coaches Oregon’s like Willie Taggart need to handle pressure.

They drill their players to be tough and resilient, but they act like children when a reporter uses words they do not like. In this instance, Taggart telling Oregonian reporter Andrew Greif: I won’t talk to you. Coaches like this are angry, I suppose, because they cannot control the media in the same manner as they do their own players.

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