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Posts Tagged ‘Sam Farmer’

LAT Columnist Questions NFL Female Referee Sideshow

Away from the glorious glare of the London Summer Olympics, one of this week’s other big sports stories is the scheduled appearance on the San Diego Chargers field tomorrow night of the first-ever female NFL game referee. Her name is Shannon Eastin and such has been the media interest that a conference call was held with reporters on Tuesday.

Sam Farmer, NFL beat writer for the LA Times, leads off his take with a great first sentence – ‘Shannon Eastin is an accidental pioneer.’ – and follows with solid arguments. He thinks it was a mistake, with regular officials locked out since June because of a labor dispute, for the league to thrust her into the interim feminist spotlight:

The mystery: Why would the NFL want to create a sideshow in the middle of this labor mess instead of waiting to do it the right way? There is no need to draw additional attention to the stand-ins, most of whom are lacking big-time football experience…

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NFL Watcher Says Twitter Has Quieted Press Box

In honor of Social Media Day, the LA Times checked in with some of its staffers to find out how social media (read: Twitter) has impacted their reporting ways.

Among the most active and interesting Q&A respondents was Sam Farmer (@LATimesfarmer), who covers the NFL. He makes an intriguing observation about a Twitter effect that we had never considered, sort of the opposite of what you might expect:

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