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SBD/Issue 141/Sports & Society
Sports Media Pays Its Respects To Virginia Tech Tragedy
Published April 17, 2007
|Sports World Mourns Victims
Of Virginia Tech Shootings
SCARY MOMENT FOR DAVID WRIGHT: In N.Y., Mark Hale notes Stephen Wright, the brother of Mets 3B David Wright, is an engineering major at Virginia Tech, but was not in the engineering classroom building during the second attack that claimed most of the victims. David said he thought his brother was supposed to be in "class in that building later in the day" (N.Y. POST, 4/17).
TIKI RE-ASSIGNED: NEWSDAY’s Neil Best reports that NBC’s Tiki Barber, who was scheduled to do his first report on the “Today” show this morning, was sent to Blacksburg, Virginia, to cover the shootings. Barber is a native of nearby Roanoke. His parents met at Virginia Tech, where his father played football in the ’70s (NEWSDAY, 4/17). Barber’s three-minute report today covered the community’s initial reaction to the shootings, and he met with groups of students on the Virginia Tech campus (“Today,” NBC, 4/17).
|Virginia Tech Athletics Web Site Providing
Updates From Yesterday's Tragedy
TV MONITOR: ESPNews covered the events throughout its afternoon telecast yesterday. The 4:00pm ET edition of ESPN’s “SportsCenter Special” led with a report on the shooting. ESPN’s Jim Rome led his 4:30pm show by saying, “It is difficult to talk about sports on a day like today, and before we begin our show, we want to send our heartfelt sympathy to everybody at Virginia Tech.” The roundtable segment of the show also featured a discussion on the tragedy with Rome, ESPN.com’s Eric Neel and Washington Post columnist Mike Wise. ESPN’s “PTI” led with the story. It was the third report on the 6:00pm ET edition of “SportsCenter” with a follow-up later in the show. The report included a statement from Beamer and news that all 110 football players were safe. The halftime report of ESPN2’s broadcast of the Soul-Desperados AFL game began with Stan Verrett reporting the latest news on the shootings. The 11:00pm edition of “SportsCenter” featured the shootings as the fourth report. FSN’s “Final Score” led with the shootings followed by highlights of Braves-Nationals, where there was a moment of silence before the first pitch. NFL Network’s “NFL Total Access” noted the story with the second report in an “NFL Network Now” news update (THE DAILY).