Last week I congratulated 103.3 FM ESPN Radio for its 2008 Marconi Award nomination. I suppose it’s still somewhat of an honor, but after a little digging around I’d like to soften my back-patting and retract at least some of my confetti.
In this item I wondered aloud how 1310 AM The Ticket could win “Sports Station of the Year” in ’07 and not even get nominated in ’08. Seems as silly as a hot chick winning Miss America one year then being prevented from defending her crown the next. What, she went from Phyllis George to Phyllis Diller in 365 days?
Thanks to a tip from a loyal Sportatorium-ite(?), I investigated.
Sure enough, similarly flawed rules are in place at the National Association of Broadcasters. Reads the generic Marconi Award online application: “Stations and personalities who won a 2007 Marconi cannot be nominated in the same category until 2009.” That means none of last year’s champs – including The Ticket – were eligible to be in Austin for last month’s banquet.
Great for business. Awful for credibility.
And you thought the NFL bred parity?
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It’s not exactly Elizabeth Albanese and her corrupt Katie's, but it’s shady nonetheless. Okay, would you settle for slightly deceptive? I mean, if you’re great two years in a row, don’t you deserve to be recognized two years in a row?
The lunacy goes deeper. As in, how bogus is an award if you can nominate yourself?
I have it on very good authority that ESPN Radio management, in fact, did enter itself into the competition a week before the deadline.
The Marconi Awards: No dynasties. Or integrity. – Richie Whitt