Category Archives: Media

Flying At Your Own Level

Last weekend I was able to watch the Academy Award winning documentary Icarus. Bryan Fogel’s filmic journey into the world of international athletic doping, from experimenting amateur cyclist all the way through to playing midwife to the exposé that led to Russian athletes being (conditionally) banned from the PyeongChang Winter Olympics, is either shocking or business as usual, depending upon your level of sports cynicism going into the viewing.

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Jasmin Bambur of United States during the Alpine Skiing – Men’s Super-G, Sitting at PyeongChang: an antidote to Icarus?

It so happened that, after finishing the movie and turning back over from Netflix to regular broadcast programming, I stumbled upon NBCSN’s coverage of the Winter Paralympics, also coming to you from PyeongChang, South Korea. I caught a showing of the men’s Super-G competitions, both standing and seated, and if it wasn’t quite as spectacular a show as the regular Olympics alpine events, it was at least athletes in competition and striving towards being the best.

The juxtaposition of those two programs I watched, the scandals of Icarus and the Paralympic competition, coming one right after the other, suggested a bigger picture, and perhaps the possibility that the one event provided the correct answer to the other.

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Showing Too Much Constraint

Despite this blog’s title, I really do try to just appreciate the world of sports. I really do. But just when I think that I can let the deficiencies and annoyances slide, I’m slapped in the face with something so egregious that I have to bare the fangs and the claws again. 

The latest effrontery? Nine of the most hateful words in all of sports broadcasting: 

“Due to time constraints, we move ahead in our game.”

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Camera Work From Camera Jerks

Postseason, regular season, any season–it doesn’t matter: greed never has an off-season.

I call this truism to everyone’s attention because I just noticed a new money-grubbing wrinkle while watching game 1 of the ALCS on FS1: the computer-imposed ads, usually seen behind home plate on the backstop, have now metastasized onto the batter’s eye in center field.

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What’s In A Lame Name?

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The ALDS presented by…huh? What the hell is a “Doosan”?

Whatever Doosan is, I’m not sure they’re getting much out of their title sponsorship. Even their ads don’t seem to convey anything meaningful about who they are and what they do. All they seem to be accomplishing is making MLB and FOX (via FS1) look ridiculous.

What can we look forward to in the later rounds? “The World Series presented by Hinky-Dinky”?

Not all sponsorship dollars are created equal. Major League Baseball could have had someone else–virtually anyone else–sponsor the playoff series, and while they might have grubbed up a few less dollars by doing so, they would have saved themselves far more than the difference in maintaining some dignity and prestige.

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Say ‘Que?’

There’s been a lot of surprising and puzzling things going on early in this NFL season, but maybe the most surprising and puzzling thing is happening not on the field, but on your television.

Why exactly is ESPN broadcasting Monday Night Football in Spanish on ESPN2?

The standard bilge from the network will undoubtedly tell you that it’s a move intended to further build viewership in that oh-so-important demographic, but I suspect there’s more going on here than meets the eye and ear. And it’s at least as much about what’s going wrong with ESPN as it is about courting Spanish-language viewers for the network and its NFL partner.

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