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Time to Abolish Sideline Reporters

Time to Abolish Sideline Reporters
“I don’t disagree with you at all regarding the role of sideline reporters.  Most of the time, I find those interviews to be fairly useless,” a nationally relevant sideline reporter once told me years ago. The opinion I expressed and she agreed with was “sideline interviews serve no purpose.” In our off-the-record chat, I stated further, “We never needed these practices to begin with.” And we have the testimony of NFL Network and Notre Dame reporter Alex Flanagan. This exchange between Flanagan and The Sherman Report says it all. Sherman: “You know what the critics say about the value of sideline reporters. CBS doesn’t even use them. What’s your response?” Flanagan: “I’m often asked to defend the job of the sideline reporter. I think of myself as an accessory. I don’t know if you can appreciate this, but I tell my female friends, ‘When you get dressed up in that great outfit, the one thing that can top it off is a great accessory. Like a necklace or ear rings.’ Are we a necessity for a telecast? No. But I can see a lot of things that happen on the field that (the announcers) can’t see from up high.”...

No chance for ugly women to get on TV, says Charles Barkley

No chance for ugly women to get on TV, says Charles Barkley
Charles Barkley’s SI interview with Richard Deitsch continues to get around the interwebs. This time, Chuckles speaks of physical discrimination in sideline reporting (and the overall value of the job as well) and says “If you are an ugly woman, you have no chance of getting a TV job.”  Here’s the full exchange…(and Charissa Thompson pictured above, is the polar opposite of ugly)...

Media Notebook 4-30-12: Hot Sideline Reporters, Evan Turner "controversy," Bad NFL Draft Talk

Media Notebook 4-30-12: Hot Sideline Reporters, Evan Turner "controversy," Bad NFL Draft Talk
Welcome to the first ever edition of the “Media Notebook” a must-read collection of news, notes, nuggets, tidbits, thoughts, observations and other musings. You’ll find other link round-ups elsewhere on the web, but you won’t find many as entertaining and intriguing as this! -First off, I need to say that I was actually the one... Read more »
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