Media Musings Blog Archive Let them play their sport
Nike magista 2014 it common knowledge and probably not worth stating, but love their sport.
Give them tennis, give them cricket, give them Australian Rules Football Australians become fanatics over game statistics and club memorabilia. It goes without saying, sport is part of our national identity.
Just take a look at the media coverage of last year Olympic Games.
Yet, our athletes did not perform up to scratch. The Australian swimming team, alone, only won six individual medals. As a result, the nation slammed them. Overconfidence, unprofessional behaviour and a stilnox saga were found to be the cause. Emily Seebohm blamed her silver medal on the distraction of social media.
But, are we putting too much pressure on our athletes?
Let head to the Australian Football League, Round Five. Richmond lost to Fremantle by just one point. They were playing away from home. They were playing a strong side. A controversial goal umpiring decision, if reversed, could have resulted in a win. Yet, according to Mark Maclure, the effort from Richmond lead forward, Jack Riewoldt, just wasn good enough.
Maclure, a former Carlton and triple premiership player, labelled chaussure de foot pas cher homme Riewoldt as a donna It appears Jon Ralph agrees.
Fox Footytweet Mark Maclure comment. (Twitter 2013)
Fox Footy tweet of Maclure comment received 128 retweets just hours after posting. It was the topic of conversation among sports commentators the following week. In the short segment, Riewoldt watches Maclure commentary while eating dinner, throws his plate at the television and smashes the screen with a bat.
Should he have taken Maclure comment seriously? That up to personal opinion. Perhaps the forward, a two time Coleman medallist who kicked 24 goals in seven rounds, is sick of public scrutiny.
One fan is fed up with personal attacks on footballers. (BigFooty 2013)
After all, why did media attention begin focusing on a few big name sports stars their social life as well as their on field performance instead of reporting on what truly matters; the game itself?
In November last year, The Age Caroline Wilson wrote an article on Dane Swan, saying Collingwood should sack their star midfielder. The article was published as Wilson own opinion, yes. But, a few months later, Swan appeared on nation television saying such media attention caused his family to worry, even though he wasn ill.
Star athletes may be in the public eye, but they employed to do one thing: play sport. Let shift media focus back to the game and leave their personal character, their personal life, alone.
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Posted under: Media ethics
Dated: May 17 2013
Thank you, Kai, Leah and James
I agree, James. Star athletes are in the public eye and while employed to play their sport, they also representing their club, their state or their country. The point of this piece is to ask whether the media places too much attention on an athlete personal life or character. Although athletes need to be mindful of their actions, both on and off the field, sometimes media attention is unnecessary and simply becomes a distraction from their performance.
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