|LONDON FREE PRESS / JOURNALIST MORRIS DALLACOSTA|
I think "The incident" of ejecting journalist Morris Dalla Costa (LPF) from WFCU Centre by Windsor Express owner Dartis Willis is very unfortunate. Commish Paul Riley response is unfortunate also disengage from this issue. I think is very bad (for the league) be known around the world by lot of headlines and tweets talking about a NBL franchise kick out a journalist. Bad to NBLC image.
Make no mistake about my opinion of league, I love NBL of Canada, no make sense for me to cover a league from Spain if this league dislike me. But, however, I think is necessary bring to light wrongs and unsuccess of the league to NBLC improves.
This is not corporatism, I have not the pleasure to meet personally with Morris as most people around the league, but if I know the work done to cover the league and its franchises.
A sporting event, a competition or tournament is known or exists as it is on TV or out in the media or press. In the present case, the NBL of Canada has no national television contract level (except some games televised locally) and this is the first season you can watch the games live over the Internet. No TV contract the league does not exist for most Canadians. A television contract must be a priority for the league, to be known and acquire sponsors.
The League coverage by the press or on Internet is very uneven. While there are a couple of well covered franchises and providing valuable information and opinion, such as Halifax Rainmen and London Lightning, other franchises have poor coverage (I leave aside excellent work of fans of certain franchises like Harvey Mazerolle and Ken Trenholm).
My sincere support to journalist Morris Dalla Costa #FreeMoDaCo