Introductory Blog – COMM 2F00

To be honest, I am not really a blog person myself. I have participated in some “blogging” for a previous class at Brock that required me to write about current sporting issues. This was a good experience for me because I am a very opinionated person when it comes to sports.

I am currently just finishing my undergraduate degree in Sports Management, this being my very last credit. I am excited to open the new chapter in my life, however I will most certainly miss my time at Brock. I’m curious to see what life has in store for me in the coming years. Hopefully it will involve me being somewhere warm with a beach.

I am looking forward to the remainder of this course, it should be a fun experience.

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Governance (Critical Blog) – 2nd blog September 23 – Oct 28 correction

Governance is said to be one of the most important factors in eliminating poverty and promoting development. Governance is best defined as the process or action of governing an organization to enhance the importance of decisions and further better the organization. It has become a crucial topic as evidence continues to prove that it plays a role in societal well-being.

The following fundamental questions will be touched on because they play an important within governance and the concepts required:

•            What are the characteristics of good governance?

•            Are there universal principles of good governance? If so, what are they?

•            Where do these principles come from?

•            In applying such principles what quality of detail do we need?

•            What particular criteria are necessary to build governance?

Good governance consists of five principles and they are as follows: legitimacy and voice, direction, performance, accountability and fairness. By grouping these five principles, it will still overlap or conflict at some point. The principles have the privilege to universal recognition. The universal set of principles for defining good governance can be said to lie within the large extent on the international human rights and laws, which also deal with current governance challenges. The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) developed the five principles of good governance. Applying the principles is complex and needs a fair amount of detail. Without attention to detail and quality information, the principles will be left incomplete. With that being said, all principles must be applied because they complete the full criteria to build governance and be able to correctly govern the organization. Governance needs to be fully understood so that there is no miscommunication. The five principles can only be used properly and efficiently when the means and ends of governance is understood.

Source:

https://lms.brocku.ca/access/content/group/SPMA4P91D02FW2013MAIN/Week%20_3/Required%20Reading/Week_3.2003.IOG.Graham%20et%20al.Principles%20of%20Good%20Governance.pdf

 

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Creative Response – Crisis of Identity in Canada

On November 26, 2013, the NHL signed its largest broadcast contract to date. Rogers Communications Inc. agreed to a 12-year, $5.2 billion Canadian TV and Multimedia contract that will give them full rights to all NHL games. In addition Rogers will have exclusive rights to the playoffs and Stanley Cup finals, as well as all special events such as the All-Star game and skills competition. With this contract comes only one incredible exception that will block Canadians from feeling as though they have control and free rights to one of our nations most historic cultural identity elements, hockey. By now if you are wondering what I am talking about, you are about to be informed about Canada’s national identity and public broadcasting.

For years, CBC, Canada’s national public broadcasting radio and television station has carried the rights to Saturday nights Hockey Night In Canada. Generations upon generations have grown up around the programming and it has been embedded into our national identity. Part of the attraction and significant components that makes Hockey Night In Canada such an extensive part of our culture in Canada, is that it is aired on a public broadcasting network in CBC. But now the signing of the new broadcasting agreement between the NHL and Rogers could spell the end of Hockey Night In Canada, a very important part of our national identity.

Under the new agreement, Rogers is only required to air Saturday night games on CBC for the next four years, after that the agreement does not specify in detail which channel(s) and/or network(s) Saturday night NHL games have to be broadcasted on. And if this isn’t bad enough, Rogers will control the production and execution, including editorial content and on-air talent. While, CBC will earn no revenue from those broadcasts, as it will be all handed over to Rogers. This raises a major question over whether or not a large element in Canada’s national cultural, and Canadian identity in general could be in a major state of crisis.

In the past, CBC has struggled to retain rights to Saturday night NHL games, as their offers to the NHL do not even come close when in comparison to those of media conglomerates in Canada, like Rogers or Bell. This is simply because CBC’s revenue streams are only a small fraction to those of the media conglomerates listed above, and in relation, leads to offering the NHL a much smaller figured contract for the rights to broadcast their games. On this past weeks Hockey Night In Canada program, Don Cherry discussed the contracts significance to his show, Coaches Corner, and to the HNIC program as a whole. Don believes that his show should remain status qou. This came as speculation has been swirling about all the changes that could take place for Hockey Night In Canada’s programming. Many feel as though the program is such a considerably large part of our national identity that it should remain just the way it is. Unfortunately changes are inevitable and personally I feel as though this new agreement between the NHL and Rogers will lead to the demise of we consider to be Canada’s game.

Do you feel as though the new broadcasting contract between the NHL and Rogers will lead to a crisis of identity in Canada, or will hockey and Saturday night’s HNIC programming still be a part of Canadian national identity no matter what path the programming goes down?

Article retrieved from:

http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=693152

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Rogers Changing NHL Broadcasting Rights Game

As many of you have probably heard by now, Rogers communication has bought the broadcasting rights for the National Hockey League for the next 12 years. There are many aspects of this deal that will have major consequences on both the NHL and the other communications companies in Canada, most notably Bell.

The deal is worth around $5 billion and lasts for 12 years, which suggests that Rogers is trying to squeeze both Bell-owned TSN and the CBC out of the NHL broadcasting game. Not only is this bad news for TSN, CBC and their employees, but it may also be bad news for Rogers Sportsnet employees, as TSN and CBC employees may be taking over the jobs of current Rogers employees who work as producers, hosts and analysts during NHL broadcasts.

This deal also raises some questions as to the motive of the NHL. One would think the NHL would like to maximize its profits as much as possible, which this 12 year deal may not do, regardless of the immense dollar figure given out by Rogers.

In theory, Bell would be upset about losing the TV contract for the NHL, and would be looking to one-up Rogers the next time the broadcasting rights are up for negotiation. In my opinion, it would be more financially beneficial for the NHL to keep the deal shorter (say, 5 years), so that they can pit the companies against each other in another high stakes negotiation sooner rather than later.

Regardless of the length of the deal, it is a huge deal that will change the landscape of broadcasting rights contracts in the future, and the NHL will surely benefit from this in 12 years when Bell looks to redeem itself at the bargaining table.

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Officials Erred in Mix-Up Near End of Giants Game

It feels like I am always the one to dispute officiating errors, but as these issues continue to increase, perhaps my views will be taken into better consideration. On the most recent episode of Sunday Night Football, the Giants and Redskins squared off. Through a tight nit, close game, the Giants led by a touchdown as the time ticked down on the Redskins. After a second down play was led close to the first down marker, the head official marked for third down, while the linesmen and flagsmen all moved as if it was a first down. The Redskins believed they had a first down on the next play, so they through a deep ball that was incomplete. Now for the drama. Head official marks for fourth down and all linesmen and officials go along as if they had not made the error. The Redskins were then forced into a fourth down situation to which the Giants intercepted.

Once again we see an outcome of a game being altered by the officials. Had the Redskins known they had a third and short, they would have not made a try down the field and simply got the yardage, the game would continue. There are always ‘what ifs’ and in my opinion, that is unacceptable. Officials need to converse constantly and keep constant checks on all aspects they must officiate in the game. How did none of the officials realize that half though it was 3rd down and the other half first down. To me, that is something that would happen in a High School game, not on the top featured professional game on Sunday night.

It may feel like I am ranting but it gets frustrating when your so passionate for equality in sport and the officials take that privilege away and there’s nothing anyone can do about it. What can be done to completely eliminate this issue? Would it be possible to have a head official in every sport that sits in each stadium and watches all replays right away. The head official can then radio down to the in-action official to correct the error. This may cause time loss and be controversial at first, but measures can be taken to improve upon it to make it work.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/03/sports/football/officials-erred-in-mix-up-near-end-of-giants-game.html?ref=sports&_r=0

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coming out of the closest to being a role model

Tom Daley, who is a British Olympic Gold Medalist Diver just announced today through a youtube video that he is now in a relationship with a man. With the video now have well over 2 million views in less than 24 hours of it being up, it has been the talk on social media and has been broadcasted around the world as top news today. In the 5 minute long video, Daley he made some key points that are worth noting, about how he was always asked who he was dating constantly and how in resent interviews his words have been twisted around. That being said, he thought making a public video like this for the world to see would hold the real truth.

Although Tom Daley said that he is currently dating a male, he stated that he “still fancies girls.” he is currently happier than he has ever been. And with posting this video it has given Daley a role model status. Amiaechi who was the first NBA player to come out of the closest made a very good point stating “He’s an entertainer, as well as being a sportsperson, as well as being a personality. He’s an important role model for the LGBT community.” Being able to come out in such a public yet intimate way gives Tom Daley the respect that he has longed for with it comes to the press. Having that positive role model who so happened to be a very well known athlete come out of the closest will hopefully help others who are struggling to find themselves with saying its going to be okay, and that its going to get better.

 

http://www.theguardian.com/sport/2013/dec/02/tom-daley-role-model-same-sex-relationship

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NBA fines Knicks’ Smith for inappropriate Twitter rant (Creative Response)

In 2009, the NBA instituted a policy regarding twitter and other social media sites, banning players from using them before, during, and after games. No cell phones or other communication devices can be used within 45minutes before game time, and cannot be used until after players have completed their post game responsibilities. This rule applies to coaches, players, and other team basketball operations personnel, but also allows teams to create and enforce their own social media policies for practices and other team events. However, in light of this policy which has been around for about four to five years now, players continue to violate the policy and in turn continue to be fined by the league for their misconduct.

Perfect example of this infraction is demonstrated by J.R Smith of the New York Knicks, who has a social media track record for being fined by the league time and time again, such as being fined last year for a racy tweet. In his recent indiscretion, Smith was fined $25,000 for his back and forth exchange with Detroit Pistons guard Brandon Jennings on twitter. According to the league, he was penalized for “directing hostile and inappropriate language to another player via his twitter account”. Smith was reacting to the criticism Jennings was making about Smith’s brother Chris Smith, who also plays for the Knicks, by expressing that Chris Smith is in the NBA though Pooh, Jeter, and Bobby Brown aren’t. Thereafter, Smith responded with a few tweets, one of which was of a threatening nature towards Detroit.

Smith acknowledged always being in trouble with the league for engaging in twitter activity, but denies any bad intent towards Jennings because they had player together in the summer and had a good relationship. The guard did not believe his comments were a big deal, but understands that he had probably gone too far and had tried his best to stay off of twitter. Therefore, as you read through the article, some would say that he was a big brother merely defending his little brother from the ongoing criticisms. However, some may say he deserved his fine and that there is no place for such behavior and inappropriate language towards another player in the league. Consequently, do you think given Smith’s social media history that he should have received a bigger fine for his comments and violation, or should Jennings have also received a fine for his criticism of J.R’s brother which ultimately sparked the controversy.

http://www.nba.com/2013/news/11/15/knicks-smith-twitter-fine.ap/index.html

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