Tuesday, July 31, 2007
I guess in all seriousness it's hard to keep track of what all your employees are doing. I mean I've maintained a 6 post a day blog all while continuing a 50-hour a week full-time job. Well the NFL Network is claiming that they had no idea that Deion Sanders even wrote a blog (editorial is such a fancy word) until his Vick story became National News....
Palansky (NFL-N Spokesman) said the NFL Network was not aware that Sanders was writing a newspaper column until one appeared July 22 under the headline, “Don’t be too quick to judge.” In that column, Sanders urged perspective regarding Vick.The weirdest part of the article is an apparent ultimatum from The NFL-N that reads, "Palansky refused to provide wording from Sanders’s contract that forbid him from writing his opinion on football in newspapers, but he said Sanders could continue to write about other subjects as long as his columns are approved in advance by the NFL Network."
Requests for comment from Sanders, made through both the NFL Network and the News-Press, were not successful.
“We won’t make him available,” Palansky said.
I understand the need to police your employees, but really what's wrong with an article that asks for Vick to get his day in court? Sure it looks bad for him, but we're all so quick to judge these days (see: Duke Lax).
The big loser in all of this is obviously the News-Press who will not get nearly the same hits from the Vick article as their Reader Photo Submissions of their pets.
Sanders’s Opinion Is Limited by N.F.L. (NY Times)