I’ve heard this was coming but I didn’t want to believe it.
According to The Times Union in Albany, NY, the local ABC affiliate there is dropping sports from it’s newscasts.
Starting Monday, this station, led by lamebrained management will do away with the time-honored traditional sportscast during the 6 and 11pm news.
Stations, led by consultants, have experimented with this before. Some have dropped sports all together in their early shows, others have cut it down to a minute or so during their evening newscasts.
Wonder how many times Rob Puglisi was picked last in basketball games during elementary school? “We’ll take Rob…but only if we get the ball first.”
Bet Rob isn’t like the viewers switching away from local news because it isn’t relevant to them anymore. Bet Rob is more like the minority of the public consultants seem to be targeting these days.
I hope I never see the day this type of thing would happen in the south where sports is still important enough to the community for a station to at least provide some sports coverage. But it has become increasingly less important in newsrooms around the country.
What do these consultants think anyway? Take sports out of the newscast and you’ll get some people to watch who wasn’t already tuning in? Do they think someone is actually sitting there thinking “now that channel 10 dropped sports, I’m looking forward to watching another 3 minutes of a reporter standing in front of a dark empty building with a live report of something that doesn’t affect me and actually happened 6 hours ago.”?
I say let’s gather up some of these consultants and managers and challenge them to a good ole game of dodgeball. I’ll bet they throw like a sissy.