Local Sports should be Local

I have a problem with the order of the sports stories on Channel 4 tonight, read by Dari Noka.  He buried the DC United-Real Madrid soccer game near the bottom.  Real Madrid is one of the most famous teams in the world, the game was local, and 72,000 fans attended.  Then the final story was the Legg Mason Tennis Championship, also in DC, which featuring two of the top six players in the world. The last two items were local, so they should not have been behind an NFL preseason game and a minor golf tournament.

Here’s the rundown of how it went:

  1. Nationals win 8th in a row
  2. Tidbit about Redskin Carlos Rodgers’ injury
  3. NFL Hall of Fame Game
  4. Tiger Woods wins some golf tournament
  5. DC United – Real Madrid soccer game
  6. Juan Martin Del Potro beats Andy Roddick in tiebreaker in 3rd set of finals of Legg Mason tennis tournament in DC

Here’s how it should have gone:

  1. Nationals win 8th in a row
  2. DC United – Real Madrid soccer game
  3. Juan Martin Del Potro beats Andy Roddick in tiebreaker in 3rd set of finals of Legg Mason tennis tournament in DC
  4. Tidbit about Redskin Carlos Rodgers’ injury
  5. NFL Hall of Fame Game
  6. Tiger Woods wins some golf tournament

Maybe I should get a life but maybe local sports should be taken more seriously, like back in the day when we had Glenn Brenner, George Michael, and Frank Herzog, not to mention Bernie Smilovitz and Steve Buckhantz, plus good weekend anchors like James Brown.

Ok, I just realized the NFL preseason game was on channel 4 (NBC).  That makes it more understandable, but it doesn’t make it right.  It reminds me of when I worked at Mutual Radio years ago – a minor golf tournament would get a report a minute and 20 seconds long, because it was sponsored, more than twice as much time as was devoted to a Super Bowl report.

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