Should athletes be required to speak with the media?
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
Your performance is not based on how you feel about hot issues. By speaking to the media usually only creates controversy.Reply
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
The TV/radio contracts fund their salaries/compensation. They have some level of contractual obligation to answer questions.Reply
Comes with the jobReply
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