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  •  I tend to think that we should be careful (4+ / 0-)
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    what we wish for. In the world of sports commentary conservatives outnumber liberals by a large percentage and I don't know if it is a good idea to set a precedent that would encourage sports commentators to become on-air political advocates.

    As a person who enjoys a good football game I can say that I am quite thankful that the broadcasts are not used as a forum for political and social issues.

    This is one that I am afraid will backfire on us because it is doubtful that a lot of liberal ideas will get air time. I think Costas was spot on with his ideas but I am quite dubious that it was a good forum to air his political point of view.

    Let's not forget that a few years back Monday Night Football was going to put Limbaugh in the booth but were disuaded by a concerted effort on the part of liberals. If we want to prevent conservative views from permeating sports broadcasts we can't very well whine about the first amendment when a liberal is criticized for airing a controversial point of view on a sports broadcast.

    Anyone who watches sports on television is used to commetators filling time with anecdotes about hunting experiences. It is almost a requirement for membership in the fraternity. This would indicate that most would be expected to be pro-gun and I frankly wouldn't blame them for asking for equal time to answer Costas.

     

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    by Pirogue on Tue Dec 04, 2012 at 03:43:30 PM PST

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