Tiger Woods Media Coverage

Sports Media Once Again Play the Entitlement Card

The latest in the Tiger Woods saga will play out this morning at the TPC at Sawgrass where Woods will make his first public statement since his private life became the focus of all things media following his minor traffic accident the day after Thanksgiving.

News will be made today as Woods is expected to offer an appology to his fans for his past indiscretions and possibly give us an idea as to when he will return to the PGA Tour.

But even before Woods makes his statement the media is making news over the ground rules for today’s event.  The Woods camp has invited a select group of reporters and personal confidants to attend the event, saying that the world’s #1 golfer will make his statement and not take questions.  A televised feed of the statement will be made available to all media housed at a hotel about a mile away from the TPC.

But for some members of the media that arrangement is not acceptable.  Three media spots at today’s event were reserved for members of the Golf Writers Association of America.  In a show of unity the GWAA announced they will not fill those seats.  The Associated Press, Reuters, and Bloomberg News have also been invited to cover the statement and have accepted those slots.

The GWAA, and others who have been critical of how the Woods event is being organized, feel that more reporters should be allowed to cover the statement on site and those reporters should be allowed to ask questions.  They are once again playing the entitlement card.

I agree that limiting the number of press allowed to cover the event on site is not a good idea.  I have no problem with the Woods camp telling the media that the golfer will not be answering questions.

As I mentioned in a post after the events of last fall came into focus,  in this case Woods owes the media nothing.  If he chooses not to take questions at this time, he has the right to do so.  When he returns to the PGA Tour reporters will have every opportunity to ask him questions.  And Woods has every right not to answer them, and should especially if they deal with his personal life.

The media should stop wasting time riding their high horse and cover this event as what it is.  Stop complaining.  You look pathetic.

Dan Levy at the Sporting Blog has a great piece somewhat echoing my position.

Sports Media Weekly Podcast #12- Ian Eagle, CBS, YES Network

Sports Media WeeklySo what topic would you think tops the latest edition of the Sports Media Weekly Podcast?  If you guessed ESPN’s coverage of the World Cup draw this Friday…I think you’d be wrong.

Of course Ken Fang at Fang’s Bites and I discuss the media coverage and the general handling of the Tiger Woods story…opinions on which Ken and I differ…

Ken and I also touch upon the firing of Chip Carey by Turner and the mega ratings continuing to be pulled in by those that telecast football.

Our guest this week is Ian Eagle, the versatile play-by-play man for CBS, YES, Westwood One and the Tennis Channel.  We ask Ian how he juggles his busy schedule, what it’s like calling a game for the struggling New Jersey Nets, and his work with up and coming broadcasters at a camp each summer…