Friday, June 11, 2010

Pre Weekend Musings

Some things from here and there as we head into the weekend...

1) You still have time (but not much) to submit a paper for the 2010 Sport Marketing Association Conference. The deadline is 11:59pm (not sure which time zone) TODAY, Friday, June 11. You can submit your papers here. The 8th Annual Conference is scheduled for October 26-29, 2010, at the Hilton Riverwalk Hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana. The conference will be hosted by the University of Southern Mississippi Sport Management program. Hotel and registration information can be found on the conference website.

2) Nice to see the NHL bounce back with solid ratings for the Stanley Cup finals, including a high-water mark for the clinching Game 6 win by the Blackhawks. The league still isn't close when it comes to going head-to-head with the NBA Finals (thanks in large part to the Celtics-Lakers storyline), but let's hope this convinces the NHL to put more games on NBC and less on the Versus Network.

3) It now looks like a near certainty that the Big XII Conference will be dissolve, all because of the mad dash to get more TV money. Colorado has already bolted to the Pac-10, and if/when Nebraska goes to the Big-10, at least 5 more Big XII members are expected to leave. It's all about TV, and more specifically, more about TV and football. Kansas, which has a great basketball tradition, may be forced to join a non-BCS conference such as the Mountain West (mountains in Kansas?). Speed kills? No, greed kills.

4) Nothing really new on the attempt by a Michigan lawmaker to voluntarily license reporters with a government board. State Senator Bruce Patterson wants to register reporters to ensure they’re credible and have “good moral character.” First Amendment aside, it would be interesting to see how this would affect the sports media. Patterson said he wants a process that will help him and the general public figure out which reporters to trust. Trusworthy? Good moral character? Exactly who would determine that? If you listen to Buzz Bissinger, you would be forced to shut down almost the entire sports blogosphere. Also on the blacklist would be legitimate investigative sports reporters (such as Mark Fainaru-Wada and Lance Williams, who exposed the BALCO steroid scandal), and potentially hundreds of other sports reporters with less than sterling reputations. Yes, we have problems related to reporters who are overzealous, sensational and just plain incompetent, but that's the price you pay for living in a media society with a First Amendment and a free marketplace of ideas.