During last Wednesday’s press conference for Washington Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III, local radio station ESPN 980, (which is owned by Redskins owner Dan Snyder) as well as Comcast SportsNet and the NFL Network were all able to cover the event. One local radio station wasn’t allowed to cover the event. That station is 106.7 The Fan, which isn’t owner by Snyder.
Before the presser started “Redskins Senior VP of Communications Tony Wyllie objected, saying it was a broadcast rights issue and threatening to revoke the station’s credentials if they proceeded, ” according to Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post.
“We cover news events all the time,” 106.7 program director Chris Kinard told Steinberg. “Everyone else was covering it live, regardless of whether they were official partners and paying the Redskins or not…. This was a huge news event that every outlet in Washington, D.C. was covering live. It wasn’t just a sports thing; it transcended that. They’re only making him available six times in the preseason — they set it up so that this was a big news event, and then they expect us to not cover it? That doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to me.”
The NFL released a statement telling Steinberg that teams have the freedom to make these kinds of decisions as long as the team isn’t preventing any accredited media from attending the event.
Even though Snyder and the Redskins have the choice whether they’ll allow another radio station to carry the press conference, it’s pretty classless to shut them out from airing it.
At the end of the day, this is one of the reasons why the Redskins have been horrible for over a decade.