Emmet Ryan penned this column for The Daily Business Post a couple days after the bj-league lifted its league-wide ban on media access for me and The Japan Times. The ban began in October 2013.
Here’s the column as it appeared on the Irish newspaper’s website, http://www.businesspost.ie, on March 28, 2015:
SPORTS COLUMN: Persistence makes the difference
It’s no secret that the media is under increasing pressure in the modern era, but how that impacts on sports often gets forgotten.
We live in an age where players, teams, and governing bodies exert greater control over coverage. When Micheal O Muircheartaigh stepped down, Mickey Harte and Tyrone tried to exert influence over who the lead voice on RTE Radio 1’s GAA commentary was.
Player unions across many sports worldwide are trying to have more of a say in how and where they speak to the press. Governing bodies, such as…
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