Press Box Revolution: How Sports Reporting Has Changed Over the Past Thirty Years

Press Box Revolution: How Sports Reporting Has Changed Over the Past Thirty Years

by Rich Coutinho


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Press Box Revolution is a journey through the evolution of reporting in New York and around the nation by a reporter who has witnessed every second of it in the past three decades. Rich Coutinho, a New York-based reporter who has covered numerous major sporting events, will escort readers into corners of the press box and locker room they have never seen and discusses what the business will look like down the road. Coutinho gives an insider’s view of the evolving technology in the business, the growth of women in sports creating much needed diversity in the reporting landscape, the emergence of sports talk radio and the Internet, as well as the personalities on the New York sports scene that make it so challenging to cover. Press Box Revolution lifts the curtain on all the myths about how sports is reported. It is a must-read for all well-informed fans and aspiring sports journalists.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781613219850
Publisher: Sports Publishing LLC
Publication date: 04/18/2017
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 434,879
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Rich Coutinho has been a sports reporter for over thirty years in the New York City area for such outlets as ABC Radio, ESPN New York 98.7, and WFAN Radio. He has covered the New York Mets since 1984 and reported on the Super Bowl and the World Series as well as the NBA and Stanley Cup Finals. He has also covered national and international events like the Olympics, the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, the Masters, the Indianapolis 500, and a plethora of college football throughout the country. He lives in Rye, New York.

Table of Contents

Introduction vii

Chapter 1 The Making of a Sports Reporter 1

Chapter 2 WFUV and Sports Phone: Sports Reporter Farm Systems 9

Chapter 3 Electronic Media Enters the World of Sports Reporting 16

Chapter 4 Are Beat Reporters Becoming Obsolete? 26

Chapter 5 1986 Mets: Decadence and Power 36

Chapter 6 The Demise of Network Radio 61

Chapter 7 Sports Talk Radio Takes over the Airwaves 70

Chapter 8 Pre- and Postgame Shows Take Center Stage 88

Chapter 9 Is Play-by-Play Announcing Becoming a Lost Art? 97

Chapter 10 The Role of Media Relations and Team Ownership 102

Chapter 11 Recreational vs. Performance Drug Culture 115

Chapter 12 1994: A Year to Remember 130

Chapter 13 Subway Series: The Media Takes Sides 152

Chapter 14 9/11: The World Would Never Be the Same 162

Chapter 15 Women in the Press Box 169

Chapter 16 Bobby Valentine and Rex Ryan: Unfair Media Coverage 176

Chapter 17 Team and League Ownership of Networks Change the Game 184

Chapter 18 The "Los Mets" Era: Stereotypical Sports Reporting 194

Chapter 19 Fantasy Sports and Sabermetrics Enter the Mainstream 203

Chapter 20 The 140-Character World: Social Media and the Internet 212

Chapter 21 Covering the Resurgence of the Mets 225

Chapter 22 The Top 15 Sports Columnists 234

Chapter 23 My Favorite Athletes to Interview 242

Chapter 24 A Game Plan for Aspiring Journalists 249

Chapter 25 Where Do We Go From Here? 254

Acknowledgments 258

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