Covering sports has changed
Posted November 10, 2011
Back in the 1970's it was common knowledge among the media who covered major league baseball that players were popping "greenies" and smoking dope. It wasn't a part of the coverage of sports.
In the early 80's, NFL football players were gaining weight at freakish rates. Steroids were suspected but ignored. But as we entered the 21st century, baseball and steroids became lead stories and since then the investigation of the ugly side of sports has taken off.
Cheating, drugs, rape, murder and now sexual abuse of young boys have become a small part of the fabric of athletics. It leads to big headlines and ad nauseam coverage. We can't ignore the issues. That was the problem at Penn State. But so much of sports coverage now is what happens away from the arena and it has taken part the fun out of my job.
What I love about my job is searching for the story lines that games create and getting to know the people who play and coach them. That's what will get me through the latest horror story at Penn State. Let me reiterate. We can't ignore the ugly issues that creep up in sports but I can rely on the fact that somewhere on some channel a game will be played and I can tune in for a couple of hours of good 'ole sports.