Sports Journalists Discuss Changing Coverage

If you were sports media commissioner for one day...

Sports Illustrated has published an interesting discussion on the role of media in sports. The magazine asked a bunch of journalists—like ESPN’s Jemele Hill and Steve Levy—what one thing they’d change about sports media if they could. Below are some of the more interesting answers, but the entire piece is worth reading.

Hill:

I would banish the mean-spiritedness. I know it’s a pretty Pollyanna request, but I think back to how things were when I first entered in this business and the way we treated one another, and I am stunned at how dramatically things have changed.

Levy:

How about eliminating the mandatory ‘cool down’ period in professional sports locker rooms? I’ll give college athletes the pass. With everyone so tired of the tired “coach-speak” and constant “one game at a time” clichés, it would be great for media to have instant access to players and coaches. Emotions would be raw and the words would be real.

Adam Schefter:

Place a ban on media outlets calling out other media outlets’ sources, being that type of speculation is wrong far more often than it is right, and it discourages other sources to speak behind the scenes, which then becomes an issue for all media trying to do its job.

Al Bernstein:

If I were the commissioner of all sports media I would issue an immediate ban on three-person announcing teams on telecasts of live sporting events. In almost all cases three is one voice too many.