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Naomi Osaka + Press conferences
#1
https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2...onferences


What do we think about this ?

Should players be FORCED to attend press conferences after matches?  In tennis and/or other sports ?


Andrew Castle on the TV this morning said that the public expected it of players.
Do they really?

I watch to see them play tennis. Not for them being grilled by journalists afterwards.
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#2
It was in the contract she signed. Don’t want to do interviews then don’t sign and don’t play, but I guess not playing doesn’t get you millions
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#3
If she wants to play tennis at home privately then she can avoid interviews but if she wants to compete globally with all the riches that come with it, then should shut the fuck up or retire with the millions she already has. I find women's tennis just as tedious as post game interviews due to the lack of sets played compared to the men but there's not much I can do about that.
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#4
I watched GMB this morning and Andrew raised some good points, not every single person is media trained and some people find it daunting to speak and answer questions in public! If she's suffering from mental health and the process of being interviewed in front of what are essentially strangers, I think they should have the right to decline, if there is a legitimate reason.

Who watches these interviews anyway? They're certainly not in the mainstream media from what I see.
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#5
Tennis fans watch them. The same way football fans do and other sports. Even Serena, the biggest diva in tennis does them.
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(01-06-2021, 05:28 PM)romeolover Wrote: I watched GMB this morning and Andrew raised some good points, not every single person is media trained and some people find it daunting to speak and answer questions in public!  If she's suffering from mental health and the process of being interviewed in front of what are essentially strangers, I think they should have the right to decline, if there is a legitimate reason.

Who watches these interviews anyway?  They're certainly not in the mainstream media from what I see.

I agree that the interviews are tedious but the thing is it's broadcasting companies paying Naomi's salary making her one of the most over paid athletes. I'm sure these TV company bosses could also claim they're mentally ill and not pay up too. Naomi needs to retire she's already set for life anyway. And also I've watched Naomi in interviews too... Does she think it's fun for the media having to interview her either, she's not exactly a barrel of laughs herself.
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#7
If her physical health was suffering (i.e. injured) you wouldn’t expect her to train, so why expect her to carry out interviews if her mental health is suffering (especially if they are a trigger).
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#8
There's also the possibility she didn't fully grasp the pressure of interviews when she signed. It's one thing to read something on paper, another to experience it. Some interviewers go way beyond the scope of their job.

Reading up her Wiki and it seems like she might have some severe social anxiety, and interviews are certainly not great for that.
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#9
(01-06-2021, 07:03 PM)Heinrich Wrote: There's also the possibility she didn't fully grasp the pressure of interviews when she signed.

I don't have an opinion on this one way or the other (as I don't follow tennis).
But a contract is a contract.  She signed.  If she wants out then there's a penalty.  The other side of the contract has rights too.
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#10
she is a big shot now with millions and millions of endorsement deals in japan, and thinks she can do anything. it is the rules to attend the press conference. if she didn't like it, then don't go to any grand slams. it's her loss. no one is going to miss her.  Rolleyes

is her mental health issue(s) selective? she can deal with the pressure of being watched playing tennis in front of live audiences and being broadcast to other countries but cannot handle the pressure of being interviewed? 

and with her millions of winnings, can she get a PR coach, a doctor, or some professional to coach her for the interviews?

another case of i want the money and fame you can give me but i don't want to play by your rules.  Angry
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#11
She is paying a penalty.
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#12
(01-06-2021, 05:42 PM)JCarter Wrote:
(01-06-2021, 05:28 PM)romeolover Wrote: I watched GMB this morning and Andrew raised some good points, not every single person is media trained and some people find it daunting to speak and answer questions in public!  If she's suffering from mental health and the process of being interviewed in front of what are essentially strangers, I think they should have the right to decline, if there is a legitimate reason.

Who watches these interviews anyway?  They're certainly not in the mainstream media from what I see.

I agree that the interviews are tedious but the thing is it's broadcasting companies paying Naomi's salary making her one of the most over paid athletes. I'm sure these TV company bosses could also claim they're mentally ill and not pay up too. Naomi needs to retire she's already set for life anyway. And also I've watched Naomi in interviews too... Does she think it's fun for the media having to interview her either, she's not exactly a barrel of laughs herself.

You cannot possibly convince anyone that the broadcasting companies are making their advertising revenue from broadcasting hours of interviews, instead of broadcasting the competitive play (which she does undertake).
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(01-06-2021, 07:44 PM)jdcyl Wrote:
(01-06-2021, 05:42 PM)JCarter Wrote:
(01-06-2021, 05:28 PM)romeolover Wrote: I watched GMB this morning and Andrew raised some good points, not every single person is media trained and some people find it daunting to speak and answer questions in public!  If she's suffering from mental health and the process of being interviewed in front of what are essentially strangers, I think they should have the right to decline, if there is a legitimate reason.

Who watches these interviews anyway?  They're certainly not in the mainstream media from what I see.

I agree that the interviews are tedious but the thing is it's broadcasting companies paying Naomi's salary making her one of the most over paid athletes. I'm sure these TV company bosses could also claim they're mentally ill and not pay up too. Naomi needs to retire she's already set for life anyway. And also I've watched Naomi in interviews too... Does she think it's fun for the media having to interview her either, she's not exactly a barrel of laughs herself.

You cannot possibly convince anyone that the broadcasting companies are making their advertising revenue from broadcasting hours of interviews, instead of broadcasting the competitive play (which she does undertake).

probably not but news channels/agencies do recap/quote parts of those interviews in print and on their web. that's where they make their advertising revenue.
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#14
Literally seconds of sound bites in a news segment, if that. I would have a very hard time believing tennis would lose any audience if the post-match availability was voluntary. Very talented athletes, actors, musicians, etc who famously do not give interviews develop their own mystique, and draw attention and publicity that way.
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(01-06-2021, 07:44 PM)jdcyl Wrote:
(01-06-2021, 05:42 PM)JCarter Wrote:
(01-06-2021, 05:28 PM)romeolover Wrote: I watched GMB this morning and Andrew raised some good points, not every single person is media trained and some people find it daunting to speak and answer questions in public!  If she's suffering from mental health and the process of being interviewed in front of what are essentially strangers, I think they should have the right to decline, if there is a legitimate reason.

Who watches these interviews anyway?  They're certainly not in the mainstream media from what I see.

I agree that the interviews are tedious but the thing is it's broadcasting companies paying Naomi's salary making her one of the most over paid athletes. I'm sure these TV company bosses could also claim they're mentally ill and not pay up too. Naomi needs to retire she's already set for life anyway. And also I've watched Naomi in interviews too... Does she think it's fun for the media having to interview her either, she's not exactly a barrel of laughs herself.

You cannot possibly convince anyone that the broadcasting companies are making their advertising revenue from broadcasting hours of interviews, instead of broadcasting the competitive play (which she does undertake).

Whether they do or don't even if it's just a formality Naomi must still go through with those formalities or she can quit. Naomi is getting millions I'm not sure why you lot are trying to help this girl out of some minor harmless duties out of a lucrative dream job.
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#16
I watch sports for the performances and competition.  Male eye candy is only a secondary consideration for me.  Interviews with sports celebrities are a hard pass, excepting that I will bother if it’s a good-looking guy (but even then, not that important to me).

If a trade-off were possible, I would much, much rather that Tom Daley had maintained mental focus in Rio and won the gold medal (as he was in a position to do before falling apart), than have all his photos and videos.  I don’t follow him or anyone on social media.  I don’t care if he’s extroverted or extremely shy.

American network television has the world’s dismal WORST Olympic coverage, because instead of showing more competition, they devote so much story time about selected American athletes’ lives.  The logic behind that infuriating broadcast strategy is that they know they have already captured sports fans for their viewing audience, so they’ll increase their numbers by providing  the cringe-worthy content for non-sports fans who will watch the phony drama.  I will not support that. I will not support the notion that the full value of someone like Osaka is not already in what she does in the match.

It’s pathetic that your driving motivation is you resent she makes millions for her high ranking IN COMPETITION.
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(01-06-2021, 09:40 PM)jdcyl Wrote: I watch sports for the performances and competition.  Male eye candy is only a secondary consideration for me.  Interviews with sports celebrities are a hard pass, excepting that I will bother if it’s a good-looking guy (but even then, not that important to me).

If a trade-off were possible, I would much, much rather that Tom Daley had maintained mental focus in Rio and won the gold medal (as he was in a position to do before falling apart), than have all his photos and videos.  I don’t follow him or anyone on social media.  I don’t care if he’s extroverted or extremely shy.

American network television has the world’s dismal WORST Olympic coverage, because instead of showing more competition, they devote so much story time about selected American athletes’ lives.  The logic behind that infuriating broadcast strategy is that they know they have already captured sports fans for their viewing audience, so they’ll increase their numbers by providing  the cringe-worthy content for non-sports fans who will watch the phony drama.  I will not support that. I will not support the notion that the full value of someone like Osaka is not already in what she does in the match.

It’s pathetic that your driving motivation is you resent she makes millions for her high ranking IN COMPETITION.

It's pathetic that a grown woman can't leave the very thing that is causing her such grief because of the money, titles and rankings expecting anyone who isn't a gullible dunce to fall in line and believe her stories. Do you have any idea how many people left unemployed by this pandemic would kill to have her opportunities? I'm understanding her mental health problems by suggesting she retires, you on the other want her to continue on this endless cycle of competing for money.
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#18
Are you really that ignorant that you don’t understand speaking in front of an audience (a roomful of reporters) is a common anxiety? Millions of extremely talented people accomplished in all manner of demanding, specialized work crumble even in just a board room with six other people when they’re the one presenting. Winning on a tennis court is what’s required of her, and she obviously can tune out everything else to focus on the match. She’s not speaking and exposing herself through words then.

You or anyone else unemployed in the pandemic are welcome to go try take her place. See how many others will join you in pretending like an idiot that willingness to speak at a press conference is the key, rather than being actually world class at tennis.
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#19
Only idiots believe that tennis players who play to thousands in stadiums and billions watched all over the world are all of a sudden getting anxiety issues. I mean we're not talking about shy Sally from science class, we're talking about an allegedly competitive sports woman here. As I've said she should retire.
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#20
Are you Piers Morgan ?



anyway...

Hows about paying them extra for the interviews?
Then if they don't want to do em.. they don't get the bonus $$$
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