Dear Pro Football Talk, It’s not me…it’s you

Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio (Photo: Pro Football Talk/NBC)

Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio
(Photo: Pro Football Talk/NBC)

Dear Pro Football Talk,

I’m tired of your games, your bias, your blatant disrespect for the Indianapolis Colts and owner Jim Irsay. I’m sick of you referring to him as Robert, his father’s name, just to be spiteful. Let me clarify that I don’t know Mr. Irsay personally and have no affiliation with the Colts. I’m just a fan and a season ticket holder. And a blogger. With a journalism degree from Syracuse. And a former career in the news business.

I’ve seen the Twitter wars and the on-air digs. They’ve been going on for some time now. And I haven’t paid much attention. But today you pushed it too far. You pulled a story from the Indianapolis Star on planned upgrades to Lucas Oil Stadium. Two million dollars in changes to add two suites and other amenities that the city has agreed to pay for.

Your story quoted one person, a city councilman who questioned the spending. When in reality, the Capital Improvement Board voted 6-1 to approve the upgrades, saying they would help to sell the stadium for other special events. Even the vote against it was not in opposition, but a request for more information. And you failed to mention that the Colts are chipping in, paying for two new electronic message boards.

Two million dollars is a lot of money, but it’s pocket change as far as stadiums go. If you’re going to target taxpayer money for stadiums, be my guest. But you’re going to have many arrows to throw. Hope you’re loaded for bear.

What you did today was unethical, unprofessional, and quite frankly, makes you look small.

I’m not asking you to be a fan. But I am asking you to be fair.

Otherwise, I may have to reevaluate my relationship with you.

2 comments

  1. Troy says:

    I had a discussion with a co-worker today who is an Auburn grad and we got to talking about ESPN and how they have handled the Auburn football situation. We agreed it’s to the point now where it’s all about “page hits” now and not credible journalism. Grantland Rice would be mortified at what passes for “sports reporting” these days.

    • Heather Lloyd says:

      The whole shock journalism thing is getting old. You’re right…all about ratings, page hits, etc. Very little about responsibility and professional standards. Wonder what they’re teaching in journalism school these days or if it’s just the industry changing so fast.

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