Asked by Jeff Rohr 33 Votes Should athletes be required to speak with the media? 39% Yes Yes 5 61% No No 3 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Copy Link 39% Yes Add Comment Comment Share with friends 5 Comments 1 rcerwin2 Professional athletes are getting paid a lot of money to play a game for a living, win or lose, they need to talk about the game for the fans that support them. Reply Reply 1 Jamie McAtee The TV/radio contracts fund their salaries/compensation. They have some level of contractual obligation to answer questions. Reply Reply 1 Dillon Comes with the job Reply Reply 1 Kelly McDiffett The only athletes who should be required to speak to the media are professional athletes. However, even professional athletes should be afforded some grace for refusing such media obligations in certain circumstances. Reply Reply 61% No Add Comment Comment Share with friends Photo credit: Wimbledon.com Photo credit: Wimbledon.com Show Less 3 Comments 1 Patrick Stewart Not necessary. In fact many times I would prefer they didn’t. I tune in to watch them play a game. Not hear their opinion on other matters. Media q&a used to be about the game performance. Now it’s predominantly about hot button issues. It’s why I tune out now. Just wanna see them play. Reply Reply 1 Larry Ewart Your performance is not based on how you feel about hot issues. By speaking to the media usually only creates controversy. Reply Reply 1 Ryan Moss Their endorsement deals will go down if they aren’t in front of the cameras with the logos on their clothing. If they don’t want to make more in endorsements that’s their decision. Reply Reply GREGORY BROUILLETTE Naomi Osaka's stock went through the roof, no press conference needed. Her brands are behind her, logos are all over their jerseys already while they play.