Alright so previously I had written about the media coverage in the Bay Area, and how it covers the Sharks. I asked many fans and some other bloggers about their take on the topic, and came up with quite a bit. Well a couple of weeks ago Mark Purdy of the San Jose Mercury News got back to me on the subject, and this is what he had to offer on the subject.
He agrees that a great majority of fans are not happy with the coverage of the Sharks in Bay Area media outlets. He himself enjoys writing about hockey, and has enjoyed writing about the Sharks since opening night in 91'. Mark also brings up a very good point, "the Bay Area is second only to New York in terms of major teams the media has to cover, we have two MLB teams, two NFL teams, an NBA team, three major college football teams, six major men's college basketball teams, six major women's college basketball teams.....and the Sharks". Finding a spot for the Sharks to fit in has been the tough part. The Mercury ranks them fairly high, and has given them a spot on the front of the sports section, and I don't think anyone has a problem with any of that. My main issue is that I would like to see more features on individual players, not just game recaps.
David Pollak and Mark Emmons have done a pretty good job as of late, and it is much appreciated. Their coverage has been a little more in depth than it has been in the past. Now I know an assignment is just that, you can not make someone write passionately about a sport they are not passionate about. Here lies the problem. The print media needs to hire writers who are passionate about the sports they write about. I would agree with most fans who say, "I could write a more detailed piece about the team", I do not doubt that, although it would probably be a mess when it comes to grammar. Writers will write about whatever they are assigned to write about, whether or not they are passionate about it. In my opinion the media outlets are at fault, not the writers.
I have come to this conclusion........we can not continue to blame the writers. I myself have been guilty of this in the past. What we need to do is contact our local media outlets and let them know what we want to see. Many nights I have been called by the Mercury News and asked to take a survey, and many nights I have passed and hung up. This is where we need to be better as readers and speak up. Mr. Purdy also said that in his experience with these surveys and just living in the community, interest in the 49ers, Raiders, Giants, and A's, has always been higher than the Sharks. So, Is it us Sharks fans who have the problem? Are we asking for too much? Maybe, maybe not. I ask this question to the media, Is it so bad to want better coverage of our favorite teams? Is it so bad that readers want to read more?
We could go on and on and on about this, but I will leave it at that, for now! I would like to thank Mark Purdy for getting back to me and giving his insight on the subject, it is very much appreciated and I look forward to talking with you in the future. To the fans, continue to be passionate about your team and speak up about them. The media will be the media. Only the people who read and watch keep them going. Continue to demand more about your team and things may get better.
Thanks for reading and have a great weekend ! GO SHARKS !