This one falls to the media side of things, but has a lesson for all of our partners. Local television, especially in small markets, has been going away from sportscasters for several years now. The reasons given are everything from no one cares about local sports to ESPN and the others have it covered, or it’s just too expensive so let the news anchors do the story. In this case a TV station in Portland Maine had the “breaking news” of the Boston Celtics-Miami Heat playoff game going into overtime. The news anchor, who apparently knows little or nothing about sports, was called on to report the score. As regulation had just ended, she was forced to stumble to the on-screen scoreboard and report on the score. Showing it tied after regulation, she reported the game had ended in a tie. In one sense it’s easy to feel sorry for her, but as a professional she needs to know her stories and her background. Take a lesson from this. Even if you expect to be queried on certain topics, be ready for anything thrown your way. One slip such as this when making a public presentation and everything else you do or say cannot be taken seriously.
The Boston Celtics beat the Miami Heat in overtime on Sunday night, evening their best-of-seven NBA Eastern Conference Championship series at 2-2.
But when anchor Meghan Torjussen of WMTW in Portland, ME went to do the sports update during the station’s 11 p.m. newscast Sunday, the game had apparently just ended regulation so Torjussen reported that the contest had ended in a tie (video above).
WMTW had a chance to correct the sports report following a commercial break, but that didn’t happen.