In what is sure to be hailed as a brilliant public relations maneuver by absolutely no one, The Seattle Times has decided to prohibit their entire sports writing staff from appearing on local radio and television for the foreseeable future.
Beginning September 5th, Times sportswriters will be barred from the Seattle airwaves at the behest of management, preventing reporters and columnists from fulfilling previous commitments to local sports radio stations and television outlets. Once imposed, the ban will primarily have an impact on entities like Sports Radio 950 KJR and 710 ESPN Seattle, where many of the Times’ stable of writers would often appear.
Citing “competing forms of media” as the reason behind the embargo, the Times seems willing to sacrifice much-needed exposure for… ego, perhaps? Because make no mistake about it, this decree comes straight from the top and is a direct result of hurt feelings and a bruised manhood.
Regardless of who you are, or who you root for, this week is sports heaven.
The Seattle Mariners are tied for first place and hopes are high at least for at least the next seven days with the start of the season tonight against the Twins of Minneapolis. Felix Hernandez is the leading Cy Young candidate in our eyes and we are all making cases for how the Mariners can pull the impossible and be this season’s Tampa Bay Rays.
The NCAA Basketball National Championship game is also tonight. While we are switching back and forth between the Mariners game and the basketball game, we can all become Michigan State Spartan fans as we will a state that is down on its luck to victory.