For those of you fortunate to have missed it, there was lots of chatter yesterday about whether it was appropriate for Steph Curry to have brought his (ridiculously adorable) two-year old daughter to the post-game press conference Tuesday night. Long-time LeBron watcher and NBA writer Brian Windhorst and Skip Bayless were among those who felt that Riley Curry was a distraction who prevented the journalists from doing their job, which is to ask probing and incisive questions about what had just happened in the game. (You know – questions like: “how did it feel to hit that game-winning three?” “Awful, actually. Why do you ask?”)
Adam Gold, of Raleigh’s 99 the Fan had a funny line yesterday about the kerfuffle, advising put-upon sports writers to “write through it. Write through the adversity.”
With more brio, Greenie went off this morning about those who complained:
“This is planned. This is show business….What the media’s concerns are is not the players’ problem. One of the biggest problems that we as the media have is thinking that people care about our issues. We’re there to document what happens. Steph Curry bringing his daughter to the press conference is part of what happened. Frankly, it was the most interesting thing that happened….When was the last time that someone at those press conferences said something that the world desperately needed to hear? It’s not like the Pentagon Papers. Woodward and Bernstein are not covering Steph Curry’s press conference. You want to talk about why people have such an incredibly negative view of the media, it’s because of the extraordinarily self-important view the media has of itself. And this is a great example of that.”
Great perspective here from Greenie.
Just a couple of quick thoughts to add. When big sports media personalities, whether it’s Bayless, Windhorst, Stephen A., Michael Wilbon or whomever complain about how it’s all become a spectacle, or whine about social media (Wilbon), or how the athletes owe the media their time because the media make the athletes (Stephen A.) just remember one thing: all of them ceased to be journalists in any meaningful sense a long time ago. You know what the typical, real working journalists make in a year: in the range of 40-70K a year. Some of the folks I mentioned above make millions a year. Why? Because, more than ever before, sports has become an extraordinarily lucrative spectacle, driven by the new wild and woolly media eco-system of which social media is a critical driving force. And these former journalists/turned entertainers have benefited as much as anyone from these developments. If the actual working journalists in the room don’t like what’s going on in those press conferences, that’s one thing. But, to hear some of these ESPN guys complain – I’m unmoved.