As I only started in 2008, I’m still relatively new to the sports industry after a thoroughly exciting career in the legal sector. However, I’ve already been fortunate enough to cover MLB and NFL games and interview numerous sporting personalities, including the great Chuck Swirsky.
As sports fans, you’ve likely wondered what it’s like to work in the media, so I thought I’d give you an insight into the murky world of sports journalism over the next couple of days:
NB. To stay clear of any libel action, I will avoid naming specific journalist’s unless it’s in a positive light. (I knew my media law training would come in useful for something.)
1) In truth, you don’t need me to tell you this first one, but the hypocritical, contradictory and ungrateful attitude of sports journalists is a sight to behold. We sit here on our fat behinds criticising professional athletes (something I admit I’m guilty of) when we could only hope to have one-hundredth of their talents.
When athletes say anything even remotely controversial, it is taken totally out of context and makes headlines everywhere, yet we still complain when they refuse to speak to us.
2) Admittedly, any job can become a slog at times. However, it still blows my mind to hear the media bitch about the places they have to travel to. Obviously I’d be pissed off if its Hamilton, Saskatchewan or Winnipeg, but when you moan about going to Vancouver, Calgary or Montreal I’m afraid you’ve lost all sense of reality and appreciation for how fortunate you really are.
3) The highlight of my career so far was likely the opportunity to speak to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. After the press conference, I was fortunate enough to get a few minutes on my own to interview him. Believe me, it took all of my ‘professionalism’ to not ask him to say hello to a couple of friends from Toronto who are big-time NFL fans.
4) Would it be wrong to say another highlight basically involved me engaging Elliotte Friedman in conversation while we were both using the men’s washroom (and for some reason decide to apologise for stalking him?!?!) For the record, he’s as friendly as he appears on screen.
Hold on, is that as bad as it sounds? I mean friendly in the conventional sense as opposed to the George Michael interpretation of how to interact in public washrooms. I guess on that point, we should stop.
Click here for part two.
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- By paul.taylor
- August 8, 2012