In the wake of Jason Collins’ announcement, I guess everything is on the table when it comes to being gay in sports.
Richard Deitsch at SI.com looked at the issue from the sports media perspective. Given that there are openly gay sportswriters, it raises the question of why it hasn’t happened on the sports broadcast front.
Not surprisingly, every executive Deitsch contacted said they wouldn’t have a problem hiring a gay announcer. Indeed, it would have been much bigger news if one of them said, “No way.”
From CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus:
“It is one of those things that I don’t even think crosses people’s minds anymore when it comes to on-air broadcasters or lawyers or bankers or school administrators,” McManus said. “When I look at tapes or have someone in my office who wants to work for me
Ramsay, 88, declined to discuss the nature of his medical condition. He was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1999 and received treatment, several years ago, for melanomas “all over my body.”
Ramsay said Thursday that the looming treatment will prevent him from working the remainder of the NBA playoffs, including The Finals, for ESPN Radio. He had been scheduled to announce Game 3 of the Heat-Bulls series on Friday. And he said he’s not planning to do broadcast work next season, barring a change of heart.
“I’m going back to Naples and will start the treatment on Monday there,” Ramsay
Tyler Kepner in the New York Times has a terrific story on Bob Wolff. The 92-year old broadcaster is donating his collection of interviews to the Library of Congress.
And what a collection it is. Kempner writes:
Wolff has donated about 1,400 audio and video recordings, consisting of well more than 1,000 hours, to the Library of Congress, which will honor him in a ceremony next week.
Much of the material, DeAnna said, comes from an era when broadcasts were erased or not recorded at all. Wolff called some of the most memorable sports moments of the last century, including Don Larsen’s perfect game in the 1956 World Series and the Colts-Giants N.F.L. championship game in 1958. But the jewels of the collection are his interviews.
The subjects in Wolff’s trove range from Babe Ruth and Connie Mack to
I have known Cheryl Raye-Stout since forever. She has been a long-time sports radio reporter in Chicago.
Women in the lockerroom is a non-story, but that wasn’t the case back in the 80s. On her blog on WBEZ.org, Raye-Stout writes about her difficulties back then and how a young quarterback named Jim Harbaugh changed the culture for the Bears.
The media relations person at Halas Hall announced that the locker room was open. There was a group of reporters, (very small compared to the numbers now) and I walked in the middle of the group. That is when I was greeted by angry, hurtful words and loud obnoxious screams. It was evident it was directed at me and the reporters all stepped away as I took the abuse. At that point, the Bears media person told me I
The Chicago Tribune’s Eric Zorn writes about Bob Greenberg, who died this week.
Despite going blind shortly after birth, Greenberg still pursued a career in broadcasting. He was a fixture in the Chicago press boxes and locker rooms.
And yes, as Zorn writes, Greenberg was a mix of amazing and annoying.
Greenberg lost his sight shortly after birth but never considered that a reason not to pursue a career in sports broadcasting — a particularly bravura goal given that the disabled were even more pigeonholed then than they are today.
He sat in the press box and interviewed athletes in the locker room at major Chicago sporting events for more than a decade. That he achieved his goal was a heartwarming story.
But Greenberg was not a particularly heartwarming guy. He was loud and blustery, stubborn and occasionally obnoxious. He
Just caught up with this story by Dan Caesar of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on the 10-year anniversary of the death of Jack Buck.
Not that anyone needed to be reminded, but Caesar does a nice job of reporting just how much the legendary broadcaster meant to the baseball-crazy town.
From Bob Costas:
“It’s hard to imagine a St. Louisan — Stan Musial might be someone who would be in that category — whose life and whose passing would have as much an impact on such a wide swath of the community,” recalls Bob Costas, who has become perhaps America’s top sportscaster after having his start at KMOX in 1974 when Buck was its sports director. “Just about everybody felt in some sense they knew Jack Buck. Even people who weren’t avid baseball fans had some memories or experiences surrounding