The Redskins are hot in DC this week. Just about each person who doesn’t have already got a team allegiance is on the bandwagon now that they have won their first playoff game, and face the NFC’s 1 ranked team on Saturday. I’ve loved the Redskins since I was a kid, even waking up at 7am on mondays to look at games when I was in Sydney — but now I’ve got a reason to respect them on a communications level too. The NY Times coated a narrative last week about how the Redskins dealt with the agreement extension declaration for his or her conventional assistant head coach, Gregg Williams widely regarded a candidate for plenty other Head Coaching jobs. Snubbing the basic media, including the Washington Post – they publicized a video conference only on Redskins.
com and followed up with an interview granted to George Michael, an established friend of the coach and team, and sports anchor for the local NBC affiliate. Of course, the “wronged” basic media cried foul … enough to even get the story into the NY times. But the case raises an enchanting question. With the explosive growth of exclusive content material on Redskins. com and many other team’s pushing their very own sites, why should teams work with traditional media at all?I have often wondered why coaches would grant interviews at halftime or after a hard loss.
What if they didn’t must handle the media in these tough moments?What if, unlike some other industry, sports teams could give classic media and any linked biases they convey the collective finger and just report their own news to their very own fans. It’s a damaging model if we’re speaking about any other sort of news – but for sports teams, are people ever trying truly aim reporting unless they are Cowboys fans?I admit to my own biases here – but every so often learn how to “watch” a Redskins game is to turn the radio to 106. 7 and hear Sonny Jurgenson and Sam Huff announce it. I just love listening to them groan at an interception or fortunately have a good time a long touchdown pass. Sometimes, perhaps it’s better for local media to proudly wear their bias on their front sleeves and be part of their own community.
Especially when I consider them.