Bias seen in silencing 'MNF' sideline reporters

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Bias seen in silencing 'MNF' sideline reporters

By Michael Hiestand, USA TODAY
NBC's Andrea Kremer is in a shrinking club ? NFL sideline reporters ? and doesn't like the contraction.
With CBS having already dropped its NFL sideline reports, ESPN this week said that its Monday Night Football sideliners ?Suzy Kolber and Michele Tafoya? will continue to go to game sites and likely appear in pregame and postgame coverage ? but might not appear at all on games.

Says Kremer, who worked at ESPN for 17 years before joining NBC: "They were doing the role that ESPN asked them to do ? more feature-ish stuff ? and they were fired for it? If you don't like them in that role, change their role. Don't humiliate them like that. The way (ESPN) handled it was terrible, just disrespectful. ? They treated two professionals in a completely non-professional way."

Responds ESPN's Mike Soltys: "Kolber and Tafoya remain an important part of Monday Night Football."

ESPN deploys various women ? such as Pam Ward on football play-by-play and Doris Burke as a men's basketball game analyst ? in on-air roles rarely, if ever, staffed by women anywhere else.

But Kremer suggests she's "offended" by ESPN's move because "it sets back women." Referring to herself, Kolber, Tafoya and Fox sideline reporter Pam Oliver, she says "no one accused the four of us for being on television for our looks or figures. ? This isn't five years ago, with eye candy on the sidelines. We established ourselves as reporters, professionals. Now, you've completely minimized that. These women don't have to prove themselves anymore."

Fred Gaudelli, who now produces NBC's Sunday Night Football and worked with Kolber and Tafoya when he produced Monday Night Football when it was on ABC, suggests this is just ESPN's latest "mismanagement" of MNF. He says ESPN "could have" kept announcers Al Michaels and John Madden when MNF left ABC. But, he says, "I just don't think the people there making these decisions know how a live event gets put on television. They know studio shows. But the people making the decisions just don't understand live events. They're not equipped to make these decisions. If they left things to (producer) Jay Rothman, they'd be better off." (Rothman replaced Gaudelli as ESPN's NFL game producer, although Gaudelli was offered continued work at ESPN before leaving for NBC.)

With its three-man booth ?Ron Jaworski, Tony Kornheiser and Mike Tirico? and the often-used Kolber and Tafoya as, well, celebs dropping by the booth to chat, MNF often got gabby. In her latest column, ESPN ombudsman Le Anne Schreiber writes, "it seems to me that all the complaints I received about MNF have one root: There is too much going on for viewers to feel they are experiencing a game."

But Kremer suggests trimming MNF's chorus shouldn't mean muting Kolber and Tafoya ? "don't you think some people would be more interested in hearing what they have to say than some other people on that telecast?" ? while Gaudelli puts it this way: "If you ranked MNF's five announcers on ability, Kolber and Tafoya would be in the top three. ? But ESPN has a big bet on Kornheiser."

But if NFL TV sideliners are endangered, they don't appear headed for extinction. Fox Sports Chairman David Hill says reporter Oliver and Chris Myers are "absolutely" necessary ? "you need up-to-the-moment information that can only be gotten by a journalist who digs" ? and he "has no plans to drop either. Nor do I have any plans to put any personalities in the booth."

Fun to see TV sports divisions speak (occasionally) without resorting to bland corporatespeak
 
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The Bopper said:
Not the worst idea... Stacy Dales should look for a promotion too...
It blows my mind that there is not a plethora of hot bitches lined up to do this job, that have the ability to do it adequately. 

Someone is falling down on the job, because I know they exist at USC_E's journalism school.  Look at Fox News, they got em lined up.
 

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gamecock said:
It blows my mind that there is not a plethora of hot bitches lined up to do this job, that have the ability to do it adequately. 

Someone is falling down on the job, because I know they exist at USC_E's journalism school.  Look at Fox News, they got em lined up.
It's a good thing there's nobody on this board that could potentially be offended by that statement...  ::)
 

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It's a good thing there's nobody on this board that could potentially be offended by that statement...  ::)
And on top of that (and it is blatently and appallingly offensive), there's not a modicum of talent anywhere on Faux.
 
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Smirking Chupacabra said:
And on top of that (and it is blatently and appallingly offensive), there's not a modicum of talent anywhere on Faux.

"it is blatently and appallingly offensive"

Are you people really that thin skinned, or is everything I say classified as offensive?  Gimme a break
Anywho,
I don't watch Fox, but it seems everytime I flip it over there, there is a hot blond on
 

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gamecock said:
"it is blatently and appallingly offensive"

Are you people really that thin skinned, or is everything I say classified as offensive?  Gimme a break
Anywho,
I don't watch Fox, but it seems everytime I flip it over there, there is a hot blond on
You act like a little boy in a supposedly grown man's body. Yes, I am completely offended by folks like you who call women bitches, whores and whatever else comes into your little pea-picking piece of flesh you like to call a brain. I've been supportive of your return to the board, but my God, you don't make it easy. Grow the fuck up.
 

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gamecock said:
"it is blatently and appallingly offensive"

Are you people really that thin skinned, or is everything I say classified as offensive?  Gimme a break
Ask any of the women on the board (or anyone who respects the women they know) if it takes thin skin to be offended at your comment, and let me know what sort of answers you get...

UPDATE: Oh, yeah, and what Roy said, too...
 

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gamecock said:
Are you people really that thin skinned, or is everything I say classified as offensive?  Gimme a break
Your statements don't have any sense of irony or humor attached to them, hence they come off as offensive. You seem more like a bully than someone who's joking around.
 

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gamecock said:
I am joking around.  Is that good enough?
Perhaps you don't realize that phrases like "hot b's" are rarely taken in a joking manner.  There are racial epithets, and there are also gender epithets.  So no, joking around isn't good enough in my book...
 
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Perhaps you don't realize that phrases like "hot b's" are rarely taken in a joking manner.  There are racial epithets, and there are also gender epithets.  So no, joking around isn't good enough in my book...
racial? I  wasn't talking about the Rutgers womans basketball team
 

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gamecock said:
It really is a gift
Ummmm...no.  Going lowest common denominator every time isn't a gift, it's a curse.  Be provocative without being a derelict.  Spitting into the wind then bitching when your wet get's old, quick.
 

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Fuck it, it was a mistake bringing you back.

:icon_banned:

Won't learn, neither will I.

I'm sorry folks, I tried.
Fool me once, shame on ? shame on you. Fool me ? you can't get fooled again.
 

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Fenster said:
I don't think anyone is saddened by this. 
If you'll excuse me, I have to go find some sackcloth and ashes to begin mourning the loss of our dear friend...
 
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