The Ohio State Journalism Community Was Not A Fan Of Today’s Outside The Lines
Earlier this morning, ESPN's Outside The Lines ran a piece on issues in college football merchandising and the pressures on college athletes. Not shockingly, the piece centered around the media's favorite whipping boy over the past eight months, Ohio State.
The piece, however, was met with less than a warm reception from those who cover the Buckeyes regularly: the Columbus media. But before you view this as a case of the views of a biased media, keep in mind that many Ohio-based outlets, including The Columbus Dispatch, The Cleveland Plain Dealer, The Lantern, Eleven Warriors, and The O-Zone, have broken less-than-positive Buckeye stories since the school was hit with scandal last December.
After the OTL piece revealed no new information regarding the transgressions made by OSU players and former coach Jim Tressel, multiple members of the Columbus journalism community- including some who broke the aforementioned damaging stories- took to Twitter to criticize ESPN. Of the journalists who walked away less-than-impressed with the report were:
Bill Rabinowitz, The Columbus Dispatch
Watching Outside The Lines on ESPN. So far, reminds me of SI story. Lots of innuendo, not much fire.
Ramzy Nasrallah, Eleven Warriors
OTL summary: Nothing new + dramatic graphics and commentary. Ohio State is responsible for inventing overzealous autograph-seekers.
Tony Gerdeman, The O-Zone
Of course, the great thing about ESPN is that you don't have to see their shows to know what their angle was. That's also a terrible thing.
Doug Lesmerises, The Cleveland Plain Dealer
Nothing new in ESPN Outside the Lines report about Ohio State this morning. Recap of what has happened, shows popularity of OSU autographs
ESPN must have read story I wrote in Feb 2006 about Ohio State autograph circuit. They talked briefly to A.J. Hawk who was focus of my story
The point for Ohio State fans: Nothing today changed track of what will transpire with NCAA hearing on Friday.
It's worth noting that ESPN has a right to air whatever pieces they choose to air, as long as they are accurate, but the Columbus media's annoyance with the rehashing of old information is completely understandable after almost eight months of news outlets looking for stories that might just not be there. Either way, the start of Fall practice this week will be much welcomed by media members looking forward to covering something on-the-field for the first time in a while.
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