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I thought I'd open up the floor while we're all enjoying a fine Sunday off (well, some of us anyway. I'm typing this from work) to a topic which has been lightly discussed and at varying intervals seems to fade in and out of sports sluglines. It's no secret that some athletes don't like the media. We got a faceful of that from Marshawn Lynch on media day as he plainly repeated the same answer to every question: "I'm here so I don't get fined." Today another press-weary athlete, Kevin Durant, told the media that they "don't know ," and has accepted that he can't escape them so he's simply learning to live with it. Are there legitimate gripes on behalf of the players? On the whole are the media too invasive, negative, and scrutinous? It's hard to say. I usually take the side of the player until the moment they say something they themselves know is stupid, such as: Your opinions are bogus because you're not a pro athlete like me You're all out to destroy me We all know your job is to be negativeI know that some really, really stupid people want the press to be this happy go lucky rah-rah entity, but that's thankfully the exception to the rule. Some coaches browbeat their players into creating an "Us vs. Them" mentality that breeds hostility regardless of the situation. It's stupid. Beat reporters generally aren't out to get people and their jobs require asking difficult questions. I also feel that professional athletes should have the self-awareness to accept their responsibilities that go along with their pay. Higher tiers of talent merit harder scrutiny and raised expectations. Deal with it. There are absolutely terrible writers out there whose joy apparently derives from a scorched earth writing style, but they aren't the norm, in my opinion. What happened? Sports media in yesteryear would often protect the players by not divulging the nasty truth they would often witness, wanting to paint them as heroes. Now it seems that the unyielding thirst to be first to a story coupled with a dying print medium that demands controversy to eke out another few years of existence has mated with social media to form an amorphous creature that drinks the blood of scandal. ...or is that a lot of crap and professional athletes need to keep their mouths shut? What's your take?
I was listening to some of Rich Gannon's radio show the other day from Sirius XM, and he does a tremendous job. Tried to catch some Brady Quinn's analysis to see if it was any good. Kurt Kittner of the Fighting Illini does their color commentary now. Pat Mannelly of the Bears recently joined the WSCR midday show and is getting better each episode. I figured it might be a fun topic to talk about guys who were either pros or notable college athletes that entered into the journalism or media fields and are actually doing a hell of a job on a mostly local or relatively low-key national basis. Tell me some success stories, big or small, that you wouldn't really notice unless you lived in the area.
This project was hands on during an internship at the event from July 11- 21 in Las Vegas, some work done prior and a majority on scene. Design work involved promotional and marketing materials, online and print, for the National Basketball Association Summer League's 10th Anniversary, an annual two-week event featuring the top new talent in the NBA, prior to the regular season. Some collateral included event programs, posters, schedules, web ads, billboards and in-arena signage. On-scene design included social media images for Facebook and Twitter outlets and in-arena/court-side digital signage. I had the opportunity to meet so many people in the league. Aside from gaining breadth and experience as a designer, the networking was great. On Behance: https://www.behance.net/gallery/18595973/Designing-the-2014-NBA-Summer-League On my portfolio: http://ianbakar.com/Designing-the-2014-NBA-Summer-League