Posts Tagged ‘Southeastern Conference’

The Southeastern Conference’s folly

August 25, 2009

Used to be that sports leagues and franchises sought as much publicity as possible, sometimes even begging media to cover anything. Leagues like major league soccer, arena football (R.I.P.), and National Pro Fastpitch softball would love the Southeastern Conference’s ‘problem.’

Yet, now the larger leagues, such as the SEC and the NFL, are trying to limit coverage. Does the word ‘ubiquity’ mean anything to these folks? How about ‘stupidity‘? “Idiotic?” “Clueless?”These leagues should be reveling in the exposure to their football programs, not finding ways to limit coverage. They should be excited that people want to take audio, blog, shoot video, tweet, write, talk – hell, do anything in relation to their league.

Hey, Mike Slive: Relax, Mr. Commish. Why start a fight with those who only seek to cover (and promote) the Southeastern Conference – and for friggin’ free. This is a GOOD thing, not something to worry about like making payroll or covering up a recruiting violation. Sheesh.

I guess now this frees up reporters who ordinarily would be walking around practice fields and press boxes to start heading over to the library to review public documents and to talk with boosters and administrators so they can scrutinize budgets, NCAA compliance forms, and then, perhaps, to talk with academic counselors and opposing coaches. Yeah, that’s a smarter move for the SEC (or any other league.)

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Check out new sportswriting resources

August 27, 2008

Need to find a information on UCLA’s tennis team? Need to find the roster for Florida State’s football team? When is Alabama’s state football championship game scheduled? I’ve added resources to this blog that enable sportswriters to research every single NCAA Division 1 sports conference and all 50 state high school sports associations. You can check out several Division 2 college conferences as well. These resources can be used by going down the right side of this blog under the headings College Sports Conferences and High School Sports Associations. In addition, check the Journalism Job section that includes regularly updated positions. Hope these additional resources help. I will continue to add new resources to this site through the school year, but feel free to make additional suggestions by emailing me at jgisondi@gmail.com. Happy reporting.
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