Reader Marsha Shriner writes the following . . .
Mr. Crawford………..GET A LIFE!!!! It would seem as a “sports writer” that you would actually write about the sport, the game, etc……..what a waste of time and effort if all you can write about after a game like yesterday is the amount of money spent on advertising…………it surely is money better spent than your employer is paying you to supposedly report on a game……..if the advertising is so offensive to you, why don’t you let someone who actually has an interest and appreciates the effort and heart put into a sports program, write the articles? You must surely be able to find something else worthy of your time, perhaps you could pick the lint out of your ears, take a journalism class, take a nap or watch paint dry………..I guess all those free tickets you snatch to ballgames, the courtside seat, the parking pass and the effort it takes to write about something that is actually of some interest is getting to you………..get a life and a new job, PLEASE!!!!!!!!
A few points:
1. This game was already staffed by U of L beat writer Brian Bennett and columnist Rick Bozich. Surely this 37-point blowout wasn’t begging for a third story. It was a nice win for the Cardinals, but one that really is only a prelude to the big games to come. To make too much of it just because of the margin wouldn’t have been responsible. In case anyone missed them, the links to the game itself.
2. To suggest that a sports columnist shouldn’t be discussing the business element of sports is, in this day and age, way off base. You won’t find a decent columnist at any paper in the nation who ignores business angles.
3. Other readers have said they’d have liked more stats on where U of L ranks in advertising revenue, etc. As U of L beat writer, I wrote a lot of those stories. This paper has documented well where U of L ranks nationally in basketball revenue. This column was more to show what the actual game experience is like, an experience available to only 20,000 of the better than 400,000 or so readers of the Sunday C-J. (Or whatever our Sunday readership is now.)
4. Some said that this is a non-issue, that every school does it. I did mention in the column that everywhere does it, to a degree. But I get to more college arenas than most people during the course of a season, and have been to hundreds of different ones in my years in this business. What you see at U of L is probably more extensive (and sophisticated) than anyplace outside the professional sports leagues.
5. An explanation of how I came to write the column, in audio form, follows in the blog entry below this one.
Thanks for writing. Opinions pro and con are not only welcome, but appreciated.