Press box officials blow it on championshp night

Prep reporters from the Orange County Register should have been treated better at Saturday’s Mid-Valley Division championship between Monrovia and Whittier Christian. According to our very own eyewitnesses working the game, officials working the Arcadia High press box demanded that all reporters be out of the press box less than 30 minutes following the game, or roughly 10:30 p.m., which is asking a lot of reporters when it’s a championship that ends at 10:05 with a ceremony on the field that follows. The O.C. reporters were trying to finish their stories when they were asked to pack up and leave. The O.C. reporters asked for a few more minutes but apparently were escorted out, which turned into an ugly scene that required police to be summoned to the press box. Police took statements and no arrests were made, but you will probably hear more about this in the days to come.

Fred’s comment: Something needs to be done for working members of the media who cover championship games that aren’t at big venues like Anaheim. At those events, CIF officials are there and are very kind allowing reporters to finish their stories. That same courtesy needs to be extended to all venues hosting championship games. These are by far the toughest to cover because of late starts, celebration and ceremonies that follow championship events. And when you have out-of-area reporters like the O.C. register, you need to be gracious hosts, there is nowhere else for them to file their stories but the press area. To rush reporters out less than 30 minutes following a game is absolutely ridiculous. In fact, we should be allowed at least 45 minutes to finish since CIF requires a short “cooling off” period before we start interviews on the field. We’re trying to provide memories in the newspaper that last a lifetime, but apparently those working the games don’t want to allow for few a extra minutes so we can do our job. Totally unacceptable.

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  • Observantcat

    Fred, who are these press box officials and where do they come from? Were they Arcadia officials? or were they from CIF. I’m not sure who these people were. If we can get more information on these officials then we may be able to give our 2 cents.

  • Well said, Fred.

    You’ve become a true man of the working media. Our voice!

  • FredJ

    They were not CIF officials. We will follow up in days to come

  • JFR

    I heard the reporter threatened to hit the official with his pocket protector so local PD were called to stomp out a potential riot.

  • Don

    This is intolerable!

    I say find those miscreants and yank their subscriptions to the Trib, (or the Star News whichever the case might be). The Fourth Estate WILL BE HEARD!!!!

    I can see the headlines now: Reporters Battle Custodians (All in Franklin Gothic Condensed at about 72 pt.)

    Poor ink stained wretches.

  • JFR

    Please keep us informed Fred for this is a horrific act that will not be tolerated!

  • I Heard…

    I heard FRobledo was seen talking throughout the National Anthem, standing right in front of the flag, before the West Covina-Bonita game Friday night at Walnut HS! I think he blew it!!!!

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