David Climer: Pressbox seats shouldn't go to highest bidder

At the spring meeting of the University of Tennessee Athletics Board last Saturday morning, UT officials announced that the budget for Vols sports in fiscal year 2009-10 was $102.45 million.

Later that day, members of the media were allowed to attend an otherwise closed football scrimmage for a fee of $50 apiece.

When you're running a nine-figure athletics department, I guess you've got to find new revenue streams anywhere you can.

New Vols Coach Derek Dooley set an interesting precedent here. Remember, Dooley was a lawyer in his previous professional life. He understands the concept of billable hours.

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GreerVol22 writes:

This practice in in place at most D1 schools around the country in one form or another, but KNS will slam UT for lack of access and profiteering. Very interesting.

pdhuff#552644 writes:

Much more interested in shoring up depletions in lines and QBs than in whether or not $50.00 could be scraped up.

However the price of aluminum cans is up so the $50.00 is not as big a problem as before.

cloudodust writes:

Freedom of the press doesn't mean everything is free...Shoot. We little people still gotta buy our food and beverages even after we shell out $$$'s for a ticket. Welcome to our world, Climer...

kabulvol writes:

David Climer is a smarmy elitist. I listen to him on the radio out of Nashville sometimes when he's on with Plaster and he's very irritating. He makes a lot of money, gets to see a lot of free sporting events. Sure its "work" but that's a pretty good job if you ask me.

Then he writes a sorry article like this? If I was his editor, I'd have sent him back to the drawing board. This article has lazy written all over it. Now, I realize it must be hard to come up with new subjects but, wow, pumping out something like this and calling it an article is ridiculous.

Quit whining Climer. Just shut up and do your job. Hopefully, put some thought into your articles for a change.

CLEMSONVOL716WASBANNED writes:

Having once been a member of the radio media for over 20 years, I can say that the press has been spoiled by the treatment they were given at times (free passes, food, etc...) Times have changed and the members of the press must change as well. In order to survive these days, those changes include charging for things that were free at some point.

These reporters need to man up and do their job and quit crying about not getting free perks anymore. The world we live in is not full of freebies anymore. Pay the $50 and put it on your expense account.

Just think, if you had paid the $$ and been at the scrimage, you could have written an actual report about it. That in turn might have sold more than enough extra papers to cover the expense. That idea is called BUSINESS. If your boss was a true BUSINESS leader, he would know this already.

And yes, I wish the media had open access to the VOLS, that way you guys MIGHT write a real article about our team.

Lostvolinhighweeds writes:

The fee was the cost of the clinic that coaches and any others attending would have to pay. Why should the media be any different?
Climer is a crybaby.

gaj619 writes:

Just another whining, dishonest member of the press. The $50 was for a clinic and the scrimmage. I do however agree with one point he made and that is the majority of the press 'wouldn't know a crack back block...'. This is fairly typical of most of the press,sports and otherwise; they are always willing to write as if they were experts on subjects that they know little if anything about.

GerryOP writes:

Climer is usually a pretty fair reporter and often comes up with UT info missed by the local guys. This article is a bit out of bounds for him.

The title is misleading "... Goes To The Highest Bidder." As he explains later in his article, it was not really an auction. However, if Climer is claiming that the highest bid for the stuff he writes is only 50 bucks, perhaps that is the value we should put on what he writes.

Later in the article he claims that the press was advised that they could view the scrimmage if they paid the $50 coaches clinic fee. Again, based on what was reported elsewhere, may not be exactly true. It was another reporter, a reporter known for digging out and reporting rather extensive, in-depth Vols information, that asked the question whether it was acceptable to Dooley that reporters who paid the $50 clinic fee could attend the scrimmage. Dooley said "Sure" and the reporter who asked the question was derided by the other reporters. BTW, it was reported that one of the press guys who attacked the reporter that asked the question about pay-per-view was the guy who got caught last year trying to provide live twitter reports from a practice. A rule that the UTAD evidently has had in place for years. And they wonder why the press does not have free and open access!

Does anyone else find it interesting that Climer is complaining that the press has to pay to get the news but has no compunction about turning around and charging the public, at least in the print media, to read what they report?

Really Dave, you're better than this. Please focus on getting us the Vol news and rise above the petty bickering between Dooley/UTAD and the KNS. Is anyone else getting tired of hearing the press whine about not having enough access to the football program? Oh, well, I guess they need something to write about.

Cldvols1 writes:

Hey if media wants to pay the price let em pay. I agree with Fish and what he's doing in Nashville because it's a profession. These kids are still in school. Go Vols!!!

shipperman#280095 writes:

in response to DukeDeLuca:

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Fulmer needs to take his mediocrity and his 6 million and shut up. He stabbed Majors in te back and finally got what was coming to his fat rear. Make him the AD and you set UT back 100 years

HoraceMorris writes:

in response to MerlOT_GoVols:

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Charles Davis for UTAD!

TommyJack writes:

in response to MerlOT_GoVols:

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No, FHCPF set the program back 25 yrs with his languid approach the last several years of his tenure. We don't need him back in any capacity.

uwishuwereassmartasme (Inactive) writes:

in response to TommyJack:

No, FHCPF set the program back 25 yrs with his languid approach the last several years of his tenure. We don't need him back in any capacity.

You guys are right. I just can't stand a coach that wins National Championships!

bugman (Inactive) writes:

these news people wonder why dooley wont let them watch practice or do interviews. as soon as he allows it they go behind his back and find something to trash them about.

pomp_and_circumstance writes:

Climer put in the word "media" about 150 times and still most of you missed the point. The MEDIA is facing a revolt at Knoxville that has terrifying signs of resembling the antichrist. Climer, John Adams, are just two in a pantheon of Gods that must save life and civilisation as we have always know in. Without MEDIA there wouldn't even be Family Values, Religion, Righteousness, Ethics, Order, Progress - much less college football. And really Climer and Adams represent salvation for us all. For we are all MEDIA. I, along with 150 million other Americans have an internet blog (and that excludes the twitter twits), and I too am bonifide MEDIA. Why should I have to bid for a seat in the press box? Not only should Climer and I have free seats in the press box, a Halsam jet should also shuttle us from home to Neyland Stadium and back again.

GerryOP writes:

in response to TommyJack:

No, FHCPF set the program back 25 yrs with his languid approach the last several years of his tenure. We don't need him back in any capacity.

Amen brother, amen.

pdhuff#552644 writes:

in response to GerryOP:

Climer is usually a pretty fair reporter and often comes up with UT info missed by the local guys. This article is a bit out of bounds for him.

The title is misleading "... Goes To The Highest Bidder." As he explains later in his article, it was not really an auction. However, if Climer is claiming that the highest bid for the stuff he writes is only 50 bucks, perhaps that is the value we should put on what he writes.

Later in the article he claims that the press was advised that they could view the scrimmage if they paid the $50 coaches clinic fee. Again, based on what was reported elsewhere, may not be exactly true. It was another reporter, a reporter known for digging out and reporting rather extensive, in-depth Vols information, that asked the question whether it was acceptable to Dooley that reporters who paid the $50 clinic fee could attend the scrimmage. Dooley said "Sure" and the reporter who asked the question was derided by the other reporters. BTW, it was reported that one of the press guys who attacked the reporter that asked the question about pay-per-view was the guy who got caught last year trying to provide live twitter reports from a practice. A rule that the UTAD evidently has had in place for years. And they wonder why the press does not have free and open access!

Does anyone else find it interesting that Climer is complaining that the press has to pay to get the news but has no compunction about turning around and charging the public, at least in the print media, to read what they report?

Really Dave, you're better than this. Please focus on getting us the Vol news and rise above the petty bickering between Dooley/UTAD and the KNS. Is anyone else getting tired of hearing the press whine about not having enough access to the football program? Oh, well, I guess they need something to write about.

The "all the news thats fit to print" doyen oft live in their little dream worlds.

stumpy writes:

The media is angry becuase Volquest figured out a way to get the coverage. The whole thing was closed to the media. However, Volquest (a website for those that don't know) decided to pay for the clinic and got access the inner squad game. All others are just mad because they did not/would not pay to play!

murrayvol writes:

in response to pdhuff#552644:

Much more interested in shoring up depletions in lines and QBs than in whether or not $50.00 could be scraped up.

However the price of aluminum cans is up so the $50.00 is not as big a problem as before.

Scrap metal of all stripes is moving again. Guess the economy is headed back for the high road.

Hope you got enough gathered to cover the O/W trip.

TommyJack writes:

in response to GerryOP:

Amen brother, amen.

Knew you would agree GP. We always do. :)

V_O_L_S_GO_VOLS_GO writes:

in response to uwishuwereassmartasme:

You guys are right. I just can't stand a coach that wins National Championships!

National Championships? Hmm. Last time I checked, FHCPF one only ONE NC title. ONE, SINGULAR. We had the talent to do it at least 2-3 times after that and he failed, and should have been able to do it with Petyon at the helm. I agree with TommyJack that Fulmer let it backslide at the turn of the decade.

civilianvol_formerly_marinevol writes:

It doesn't happen very often, but I agree with Climer on this. Coach Dooley should either deny access to the media, or freely admit the media. But, he should never charge the media for access. Bad precedent.

pdhuff#552644 writes:

in response to murrayvol:

Scrap metal of all stripes is moving again. Guess the economy is headed back for the high road.

Hope you got enough gathered to cover the O/W trip.

Ma has noticed my pitiful look and checking of spot can prices. She might front me $20.00 for the O/W.

If I promise to pay it back....

rusty_shackleford writes:

It is my opinion that sportswriters are an angry, bitter lot. Nothing seems to make them happy: not the free entry to events, the free food, parking, the access, etc. I think they are remarkably envious of the athletes who can do what the writers cannot and who get paid grotesque sums of money to do it.

jgl#233810 writes:

The amount of publicity the media generates for UT athletics is worth a great deal more than the number of papers it sells (or web hits it generates) for any outlet or even those outlets combined specifically due to their UT coverage.
To charge the media for access is simply asinine, the latest in a string of bewilderingly stupid things that have taken place since the arrival of CDD, although in fairness I'm not sure that this particular decision is even one he would be in a position to make.

richvol writes:

What's hard to understand...there is no media access to practices Climer. If someone wanted to attend the Clinic,and it surely would have done some of the ignorant sportswriters you speak of some good,then pony up the 50.00 to learn something about the sport you're supposed to be writing about. Additionally,you would have been able to actually see a practice in spite of being in the media.

rockytopatl writes:

in response to civilianvol_formerly_marinevol:

It doesn't happen very often, but I agree with Climer on this. Coach Dooley should either deny access to the media, or freely admit the media. But, he should never charge the media for access. Bad precedent.

Marinevol, you are the only person on this thread who got this right. Legitimate media should not have to pay to cover a story. Checkbook journalism at any level is corrupt and dishonest and those who charge for a story are even deeper in the gutter.

This is a terrible precedent and could hurt UT sports if it continues. UT needs to remember that media publicity does a lot to fill both the stadium and the hoops arena. They get quite a financial kick because of coverage and it is all-mighty arrogant to say, "Pay or you don't play."

Ethical journalists should say no and let any and all pay-per-view events go uncovered.

GerryOP writes:

in response to TommyJack:

Knew you would agree GP. We always do. :)

You betcha Red Ryder! Always!

GerryOP writes:

in response to rusty_shackleford:

It is my opinion that sportswriters are an angry, bitter lot. Nothing seems to make them happy: not the free entry to events, the free food, parking, the access, etc. I think they are remarkably envious of the athletes who can do what the writers cannot and who get paid grotesque sums of money to do it.

Well said!

GerryOP writes:

in response to richvol:

What's hard to understand...there is no media access to practices Climer. If someone wanted to attend the Clinic,and it surely would have done some of the ignorant sportswriters you speak of some good,then pony up the 50.00 to learn something about the sport you're supposed to be writing about. Additionally,you would have been able to actually see a practice in spite of being in the media.

That's the way I read it too richvol. The sportswriters paid to attend the coaches clinic. The coaches clinic included the scrimmage. Not sure why some are confused.

Couchdummy writes:

in response to MerlOT_GoVols:

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His only support lies with the high dollar donors. He caters to the bottom line, with little regard for the common fan. He has ridden his hiring of Pearl a long way now.

mercyseat writes:

in response to HoraceMorris:

Charles Davis for UTAD!

peyton manning for UTAD!

roloyo writes:

Climer is a class act. I'm so glad we don't have the idiots at KNS covering UT in mid-tenn . He may have a chapped azz over the 50 bucks, but I probably would too. Get over it
GBO

Brentwoodboy3 writes:

I wish Tennessee would open spring practice. It's not secrets of National Security. Heck even the Titans open Training camp. I have a problem beating up on Hamilton when I was for Lane Kiffin at the time. No one could have forseen the USC deal. However as soon as i heard it i told my wife they'd go after Kiffin and i was pretty sure he'd take it. I'm willing to give Dooley a more than fair shot. I'm a fan. But we should run the program like Tennessee. not like a Satan(Saban) clone. Watch Pat Summitt. Come to practice whenever you want....and you don't have to be media. Just come. Love to have you. Heck she even talked to me for 10 minutes during practice last fall! We want to hear about our Team. And it is our team! Not Derek's. Rant over....I'm done.

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