National Women's Hockey League Created NFL Eyeing Germany For Regular-Season Game TV Pundits Question NFL About Goal-Line Cameras Reds Install Self-Ordering Kiosks U.S. Rep Presses Goodell On NFL Tax Exemption Manfred Mum On Rays' Ballpark Situation WTA's Allaster Focusing On Fan Feedback MLS In Minneapolis Hinges On Stadium Plan A's Launch Latest TV Ad Campaign Goodell Speech Addresses Only "Micro-Issues"
Upcoming Conferences and Events
SBD/December 8, 2011/Leagues and Governing Bodies
Sportswriters Respond To MLB's New Dress Code For Members Of The Media
Published December 8, 2011
REAX FROM MEDIA MEMBERS: ESPN’s Tony Kornheiser said, “I am generally against dress codes philosophically because I don't want somebody else telling me what’s acceptable in polite society. But in this case, you reflect the organization that you work for. There’s no Constitutional guarantee for admission to a clubhouse or on the field or in the press box. If the baseball commissioner or basketball commissioner, hockey commissioner has the right to tell players what to wear, I think it's their property. I think they can suggest to the media, ‘Hey, don't come in here looking like a slob’” ("PTI," ESPN, 12/7). ESPN’s J.A. Adande said, “If any group is in need of a grooming and upkeep to their wardrobe, it’s the professional baseball writers." But he added, "You don’t need to wear your good shoes in a place where people spit tobacco and sunflower seeds for a living.” ESPN’s Jackie MacMullan: “This looks to me like a target on female sportswriters and you're telling us we don't dress appropriately enough. Honestly, I take offense to that because 99.9% of the women I know are professional and dress that way.” She added, though, that of all the pro sports media, baseball writers are the worst-dressed “by a mile. Not even close.” Denver Post columnist Woody Paige called the policy a "sham of a hoax of a fraud." Paige: "I'm going to the opener next year. I’m going to wear flip-flops, a muscle shirt and a short skirt and I want to see them try to kick me out of the press box. It's totally stupid” (“Around The Horn,” ESPN, 12/7).