Friday, September 08, 2006

On the craft

It does get tiresome listening to the bitter, cynical faction in sports journalism complain about being underpaid, underappreciated and moan about the perils of having to contend with the rich and famous on a daily basis.

But, truthfully, this isn't all glitz and glamour. We don't just go to games for free, we go to stadiums to work. We don't get to talk to famous athletes, we are required to deal with them. Press box dining rooms aren't five-star and deadline pressure isn't for the faint of heart.

For those who think we waltz into the ballpark for free, cheer for our favorite team from the comfort of the press box, mingle with the players afterwards and then leisurely tap out a story and collect our six-figure check, well, you couldn't be more wrong.

That said, this is a dream job for most of us.

For anyone who's interested, the following link is from an industry message board. It's a fairly accurate portrayal of sports journalism and the misconceptions many people have about the business:,31409.0.html

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