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ESPN Revised Styleguide for Mets-Astros 9/2


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#1 bob hayes

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Posted 02 September 2017 - 11:22 PM

The Washington Free Beacon has obtained an exclusive memo from an ESPN executive instructing broadcasters on how to avoid embarrassing memes and political sensitivities associated with Matt Harvey's upcoming start in Houston.

From: Connor Schell

To: BulsterOlney; DanSchulman; JessicaMendoza; R*****Lee; AaronBoone

BCC: Rob Manfred

Date: August 31, 2017

Subject: Revised Styleguide for Mets-Astros 9/2

The return of baseball to the Astrodome on Saturday is going to be one of the most widely watched and inspiring games of the season. We're expecting big numbers, but that comes with even bigger scrutiny given the events of the past week. The path we walk is filled with peril if we are not careful. The Mets have not made things any easier for us. Despite extensive lobbying from myself, Mr. Skipper, and Commissioner Manfred, the front office insists on starting Matt Harvey against the Astros on Saturday.

We are going to have to make adjustments so as to avoid the potential of internet memes, outraged petitions, and black-masked anarchists amassing in Bristol. Below is a revised style guide compiled after synergizing with our diversity consultants over at Precision Representation Strategies, LLC and our legal guys at Irend, McGar, Mentz & Howell. They have helpfully given us a list of words that must NOT be used during Saturday's broadcast, as well as some suggestions for making our baseball broadcasts more inclusive moving forward. PRS also supplied an example of dialogue to show you how to work around these issues.

Don’t let us down.


Connor Schell

Executive Vice President of Content


Please avoid for the Houston-NY Game:

    Matt Harvey: This goes without saying.

    Devastating, Overpower, Overwhelm, Flood, Power Pitcher: IBID

    Swept: IBID
    Home, Home run, Home plate umpire: Could trigger those who lost homes to the flooding

    Safe: People in this city may not feel this way

    Radar Gun Readings: We recommend not using the pitch or exit velocity trackers during this game in the event that one of those readings matches windspeeds from the Hurricane (between 80-130 mph)

    Brandon Nimmo: although it is pronounced with a soft i a broadcaster could easily slip and say Nemo, reminding everybody of an underwater vessel—or city

    Houston: This city is named after a 19th century white male. We're assuming he fought for the Confederacy. Treat it as a reverse Washington Football Team.

    Ruben Carter: in the off chance the conversation somehow turns to the wrongfully imprisoned middleweight boxer, DO NOT refer to him by his nickname.

    Wall: This city has a large Latino population.

    Rebuild: We are aware that the Mets will have to reassemble their roster following this woeful season, but their plight pales in comparison to that of this city.

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Posted 03 September 2017 - 12:32 PM

That's pretty good.

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