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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).