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WUSA says Skins prohibiting tailgate interviews

Since I mentioned this on Twitter, might as well put it here, too. I was watching WUSA-9's 11 pm Tuesday night broadcast, and after a piece about Redskins fan dissatisfaction and the recent ban on signs, the program cut back to anchor Derek McGinty in the studio.

"Tonight the Redskins have seemingly escalated things again; they've banned media interviews with tailgating fans on FedEx Field property," McGinty said. "They told our sports director Brett Haber that this has always been team policy, but when he pointed out that we and other stations, including their very own broadcast partners, have in fact always talked openly to tailgaters, there was, well let's just say, no further explanation."

I suppose I'll try to follow up on this Wednesday.

Redskins blogger Matt Terl posted this comment in his Skins Blog.

It's not a new policy, and it's not all media. Specifically, TV interviews cannot be conducted in the FedExField parking lot because they have a tendency to draw a crowd -- especially at night games -- and cause even further traffic issues. The issue flared up at Monday's game because one of the networks tried to set up a TV truck in the parking lot several times, even after being told that was not permitted.

TV interviews (without trucks) CAN be conducted on the sidewalks outside the stadium.

This should not affect bloggers (or Boggers) or print reporters who want to walk around and talk to tailgaters. And I'm told this policy has been in place for the entire life of FedExField.

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 28, 2009; 1:05 AM ET
Categories:  Media , Redskins  
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"Nothing to see here folks! Everything's just peachy. 2-5 is exactly where we expected to be at this point in the season. Now if you'll excuse us, we're gonna take a week off, look at the video, focus on the positive, and come back in 2 weeks to prepare for our playoff-caliber roster to make a playoff run."

- Vincent Cerrato, Redskins Minister of Propaganda, Jersey Sales & Marketing, Radio Broadcasting, Media Bashing (& when time permits, football operations, or something)

Posted by: dmorgan6617 | October 28, 2009 1:18 AM | Report abuse

Joke of a franchise.

Posted by: amorris525 | October 28, 2009 1:19 AM | Report abuse

Yet, another nice move, dictatorDan! Snuff out that dissention with your regime!

Posted by: Max231 | October 28, 2009 1:37 AM | Report abuse

Great work for reporting this, Dan. Redskins Nation (the true fans) is up in arms over this, and the longer these kinds of gestapo tactics continue, the worse it's going to get. At this rate, the NFL will need to step in to restore order. In all seriousness, a fan protest outside Redskins Park can't be too far off. Vinny must go, and Snyder needs to back far, far, far away from football operations, the draft room, and all other X's and O's-related activity.

Posted by: cali_snowboarder | October 28, 2009 1:37 AM | Report abuse

This has always been our policy? Really? I guess it's just easier to lie than actually make up a real reason.

Posted by: bsgaines2002 | October 28, 2009 2:15 AM | Report abuse

Wow, this make Ted getting into a fist fight with a fan seem small potatoes.

I feel sorry for most of the CSC guys. They're just doing what Snyder's brain-fart trust tell them. Granted, a few CSC guys are pricks, but most are decent folks.

Posted by: EricS2 | October 28, 2009 2:38 AM | Report abuse

Skins fans need to STOP ACTING LIKE THEY HAVE TICKETS.

Do what I do. Sit at home, laugh, and enjoy the travesty. If you have enough cash to have season tickets, you have enough cash to burn the tickets and watch the game at home (where, I might mention, you can see the game without obstructions, and can wear whatever you want).

Every time every person goes to the game, and either pays the bus fee to the stadium, or the parking fee, or the new METRO Redskins Gameday fee, or buys a hotdog, or beer, you're making things worse. It's like Riggo said: STAY HOME. If you go to the game, and do anything, all you're doing is showing your passion. A sold out FedEx field with 50,000 people in the seats will make far, far more of an impact than a stadium of 90,000 booing the team.

Don't sell the tickets to fans from the other team either, because those idiots will just be buying hot dogs and paying whatever Snyder wants. Burn the tickets, watch at home, accept that the Skins are a joke, and laugh at every sack, turnover, 2 yard run, and imagine what would happen if there were an actual, real, effective college offense attached to this team.

Posted by: ncromcr | October 28, 2009 2:40 AM | Report abuse

Skins fans need to STOP ACTING LIKE THEY HAVE TICKETS.

Do what I do. Sit at home, laugh, and enjoy the travesty. If you have enough cash to have season tickets, you have enough cash to burn the tickets and watch the game at home (where, I might mention, you can see the game without obstructions, and can wear whatever you want).

Every time every person goes to the game, and either pays the bus fee to the stadium, or the parking fee, or the new METRO Redskins Gameday fee, or buys a hotdog, or beer, you're making things worse. It's like Riggo said: STAY HOME. If you go to the game, and do anything, all you're doing is showing your passion. A sold out FedEx field with 50,000 people in the seats will make far, far more of an impact than a stadium of 90,000 booing the team.

Don't sell the tickets to fans from the other team either, because those idiots will just be buying hot dogs and paying whatever Snyder wants. Burn the tickets, watch at home, accept that the Skins are a joke, and laugh at every sack, turnover, 2 yard run, and imagine what would happen if there were an actual, real, effective college offense attached to this team.

Posted by: ncromcr | October 28, 2009 2:41 AM | Report abuse

Obviously King Snyder doesn't read Ted Leonsis blog. Ted blogged about the stupidity of taking on the media. He didn't mention Snyder (it was a politically oriented post) but IMO he had to have been thinking about it. The timing of the post is just too perfect.

I am simply astounded at how the Redskins franchise continues to compound mistake after mistake on a daily basis. Snyder could easily regain a little bit of his credibility and dignity by jettisoning Vinny right now and promising to blow this thing up and start over in the offseason. He wouldn't even need to talk to the media, just issue a press release!

It really truly looks more and more like Snyder believes all of this has been manufactured by the Washington Post. Is Snyder taking media management lessons from people at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue now? As Ted blogged, you don't go to war with a media outlet, you're not going to win and all you're going to do is increase the ratings and/or circulation and web site hits of the media outlet you're at war with.

The next step most definitely has to be that only ESPN 980, Fox/CBS/NBC/ESPN and Redskins.com will be allowed to cover the game. Although that may not even work for King Snyder because it's clear Sonny and Sam don't like this mess.

Dan you and other reporters from the Post should set up a tent 5 feet off FedEx grounds and make sure people know where to go in order to be interviewed.

I hope this franchise goes 2-14 and the drumbeat gets louder every single week. Unfortunately, if the NFL could help out a fan base they'd already have removed Al Davis for incompetence. They won't help us on Snyder.

Posted by: CJMARTIN04 | October 28, 2009 3:27 AM | Report abuse

Keep it up Dan, this is the most I've read about the 'Skins in years.

Posted by: Longgoneposter | October 28, 2009 6:11 AM | Report abuse

At this point, why is anyone going to games? You have to walk a country mile to get to the crappy stadium to buy expensive crappy food and watch crappy football. To top it off, you're treated like crap and have the freedoms of a 2nd grader. What's next, are you going to be required to purchase a pass to go to the bathroom so they know where you are at all times?

Posted by: DocHolliday1906 | October 28, 2009 6:35 AM | Report abuse

Donovan doesn't want the Redskins' homage to the Odessa Steps scene from Battleship Potemkin caught on tape!

Posted by: msb3 | October 28, 2009 7:09 AM | Report abuse

What's the real estate tax like in Drama City?

Posted by: Section117 | October 28, 2009 7:24 AM | Report abuse

WTF? Can they do this? Do they have the legal right to keep someone not employed from them from talking to someone else (a reporter) not employed by them, just because they own the property? Does that mean if a neighbor walks on my property, I can tell him/her not to talk to anyone?!?

Posted by: Dougmacintyre | October 28, 2009 7:38 AM | Report abuse

Worst... owner... ever.

Go ahead, name a worse one. Al Davis? Nope. Before dementia set in, he did field winning teams. He's got Superbowl rings, he's a former coach who knows football. The Bidwells? Went to the Superbowl last year. Wayne Weaver? He's scum, but he's won division titles and his win/loss record is 53%.

The only one I can think of is Mike Brown. And Mike Brown may be a cheap loser, but he's certainly a better human being than our tiny tyrant. And his team is 4-2 and atop their division.

Posted by: diesel_skins_ | October 28, 2009 8:51 AM | Report abuse

What's next? Are they going to prevent the network cameras from broadcasting INSIDE the stadium? I mean what goes on in the parking lots is certainly more entertaining that what takes place on the field lately. Snyder is tyrant and a coward!

Posted by: Fiskea | October 28, 2009 9:15 AM | Report abuse

as tre johnson said, you really do have to appreciate his ownership tactics for their comedic value...who could possibly take anything they say seriously?

the skins management is double plus ungood. do we all need a trip to MiniLuv?

Posted by: bacaje | October 28, 2009 9:55 AM | Report abuse

Jim Vance gonna say somthin' 'bout that!

Posted by: A1232 | October 28, 2009 10:05 AM | Report abuse

If you are as Fed up as me with this way this team treats its fans, please call to complain because the front office has told me that the fans are largely happy with the team and its only a few fait weather fans like myself who are upset.

Call Jay Moore at 301-276-6095 to complain.

Posted by: rickste101 | October 28, 2009 10:39 AM | Report abuse

It's funny because I believe that these policies regarding the media and signs and t-shirts have always been in place.

But it is REAL INTERESTING that they suddenly start being enforced with great fanfare as soon as the team starts playing like the Little Lebowski Urban Achievers.

Funny, how Dan didn't have a problem with signs or fan interviews in 2005 when the team was winning 5 in a row and blowing out the Cowboys 35-7. Or in 2007 after ST died and they were whooping on the Bears and Cowboys at home to go 9-7 and make the playoffs.

It is not a matter of the policy always being in place. It is a matter of picking and choosing when it is convient for the organization to start enforcing the policies.

Posted by: goose33 | October 28, 2009 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, most of these "new" policies aren't sounding good but the no trucks in the parking lot sounds fine to me. They can still interview just without restricting traffic. What's the problem there?

Now, taking away signs....we can blame that one on the skins front office.

Posted by: svxcountry1 | October 28, 2009 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Paranoia runs deep. Into your life it will creep. Steven Stills
Dan Snyder = Citizen Kane of the NFL.

Posted by: ridgely1 | October 28, 2009 11:37 AM | Report abuse

THANK YOU DAN STEINBERG!! SPEAK IT LOUD, FROM THE HIGHEST MOUNTAIN!! KEEP SPREADING THE WORD BROTHER!! YOU ARE MY HERO.

Posted by: VeloStrummer | October 28, 2009 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Dan Snyder embarrasses me

Posted by: laxbigj | October 28, 2009 12:42 PM | Report abuse

We got interviewed in the parking lot (Platinum Lot, right next to the stadium) when the Skins played Buffalo following the death of Sean Taylor.

Posted by: JBuss | October 28, 2009 3:07 PM | Report abuse

I love the way they say "But it's just fine to conduct interviews on the sidewalks outside Fedex property."

These are, am I right, the SAME sidewalks they claimed a few years ago were totally unsafe to be walked upon (from the free mall parking lot, that is). Had to whup their butts in PG court.

Now these sidewalks have become the perfect place to cluster up for TV interviews? Wow. Just wow. What utter disrespect and disdain they have for the people who foot the bill for these charades, and the folks who provide all the free publicity that is so richly undeserved.

Dan and Vin both exhibit severe short term memory loss. Isn't there some NFL rule that could require them to be piss tested?


Posted by: laboo | October 29, 2009 7:45 AM | Report abuse

Who cares. If the media would stop covering and if the fans would stop attending, then maybe this Redskin organization will eventually get the message that there are actually other things in this area more important watching a bunch of overpaid, underachieving millionaires take my money. (But I doubt it). LETS GO NATIONALS.

Posted by: garyolney | October 29, 2009 9:27 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Snyder - tear down this wall!

Posted by: AlexVa1 | October 29, 2009 11:09 AM | Report abuse

Lets take a petition to get D. Snyder to seel ownership or at least majority to J. Cooke. Fire V. Cerrato worthless!

Posted by: BJ921 | October 29, 2009 11:53 AM | Report abuse

Has anyone thought about an email campaign to Fedex letting them know about the poor treatment of their customers at the stadium bearing their name? Following is the address

https://www.fedex.com/cgi-bin/qrf2.cgi?first=y&formpage=general


Letting them know that their name is being dragged through the mud by the mistreatment at "FedEx" field might open some eyes.

Posted by: fnbnch | October 29, 2009 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Washington Redskins and Channel 9. Two total losers having a catfight. Completely ineffective management, unqualified decision makers, and a truly God Awful product.

You two deserve each other...

Posted by: ItIsMe2 | October 30, 2009 7:00 AM | Report abuse

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