NFL Could Adopt WNBA Rules For Media in Locker Roomsby Victor Rodriguez on Apr. 21, 2011, under Sports
Over the years, the question of whether or not women reporters should be allowed to interview football players in the locker rooms after games has been highly debated. Some argue that women have every right to be in the locker room conducting interviews, while other simply believe it is unprofessional for women to be there when the players are in different degrees of undress.
The debate picked up steam last season when the NFL investigated an incident between the New York Jets and reporter Ines Sainz. It was reported that while Sainz was waiting to interview Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez, players were making cat-calls towards Sainz. Even the Jets coaching staff was aware of Sainz because at practice they would throw balls in the direction of her. The argument that Sainz brought this unwanted attention on herself by the way she was dressed is ridiculous. If Sainz was within the dress guidelines presented by the team for media personal this should not be an issue.
Andrea Kremer, a sideline for NBC’s Sunday Night Football, has covered more than 20 Super Bowls, as well as the NBA Finals, All-Star Games, the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, so she has interviewed athletes in locker rooms. Kremer recently told the Victor and Matt show how she handles an uncomfortable situation of interviewing men in locker rooms, “I have been doing this for a really long time and have always had a rule. It’s simple. I will not interview a man who is naked. The way I view it, if you don’t have the respect for me to put something on, I don’t have the respect for you to conduct an interview. For me, that’s very simple. The locker room is not a sexual experience. It’s a work place, a real messed up work place. It’s definitely the extreme of what you want to do.”
The fact women are allowed in NFL locker rooms while the players are fully and partially nude is a double standard. In the WNBA, reporters are not allowed to step foot in the locker rooms until all the players have showered and are completely dressed. Why can’t the NFL have similar guidelines? Or at least have a designated area in the locker room away from the players who are changing? This situation can not be swept under the rug. A change must take place before it’s too late.
Correction: The WNBA policy noted above is not accurate. The WNBA has the same rules as the NBA, which is open locker rooms at designated times.