Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Activism: It Isn't Just for Politics Anymore [UPDATED]

It’s taken some time, but Match Fit USA has finally percolated up enough outrage to take action. And you can help.

The issue is the USMNT v. Mexico World Cup qualifier. While the Spanish-language broadcast will be on Telemundo, an English version will only be available on something called mun2. To be honest, most of us were unaware what that was.

Telemundo owns both the Spanish and English rights for Mexican matches. There’s a brief rundown of how it came to pass that English-speaker will have to seek out an outlet with a footprint that reaches 1-10th of of US Americans, but the Cliff’s Notes version is:

Since 2000, Telemundo has had a contract to show Mexican matches on U.S. television. For past USA-Mexico qualifiers at Azteca, the game would end up being shown on an ESPN outlet because the U.S. Soccer Federation had a formal relationship with Telemundo. But for the past two years the USSF has worked with Telemundo's rival, Univision, which shows USA matches on its main network as well as Galavision and Telefutura.
Your help comes in the form of making your displeasure of having to find a cable outlet that mightn’t even exist on your system known to people with more influence and power.

NBC-Universal has many other outlets with much wider penetration. They might be persuaded to move the match if they were told how upset people will be with them if they miss the first time the USMNT wins at Azteca ever.

You can click on the Match Fit link (first paragraph) for a long rundown. But if you’re too lazy to click more than once, here’s a link to the online petition.

And if you feel your sphere of influence has a larger radius than your wingspan, please pass the link on to soccer-watching friends or people who simply like to irritate massive media conglomerates.



[UPDATE: We decided that a pay petition is about the lamest thing ever. The petition link above is still encouraged, but we received another email with the following message attached:

Below I have provided NBC executive email addresses and phone numbers to contact the respective individuals who do work for NBC sports. All I request is that you get the message to your readers and listeners to contact these individuals kindly and courteously and beseech that they move this extremely important match from Mun2 to a widely received channel with HD.

NBC Sports Office
nbcsports@nbcuni.com
nbcsportshelp@nbcuni.com

Walker, Brian
Senior Director - Communications
Phone: (212) 664- 5533
Fax: (212) 664-6035
Project Assignment: "Notre Dame Football" "PGA Tour" "Ryder Cup" "Senior PGA Championship" "Football Night in America" "U.S. Open & USGA Championships" "National Hockey League"
Division(s): NBC Sports
brian.walker@nbcuni.com

Freifeld, Adam
Director - Communications
Phone: (212) 664-6772
Fax: (212) 664-6035
Project Assignment: "Wimbledon" "The Kentucky Derby" "Preakness Stakes" "NBC Sunday Night Football" "French Open"
Division(s): NBC Sports
adam.freifeld@nbcuni.com

Iorio, Lyndsay
Coordinator - Communications
Phone: (212) 664-2160
Fax: (212) 664-6035
Project Assignment: "National Heads-Up Poker Championship" "2007 AVP Crocs Tour on NBC"
Division(s): NBC Sports
Lyndsay.Iorio@nbcuni.com

DICK EBERSOL
Chairman, NBC Universal Sports & Olympics
dick.ebersol@nbcuni.com
Duncan.Ebersol@nbcuni.com

Perkins Miller
Vice President, NBC Universal Sports
Perkins.Miller@nbcuni.com

Kenneth Schanzer
President, NBC Universal Sports
Kenneth.Schanzer@nbcuni.com

Jeff Zucker
Presiden and CEO of NBC Universal
Jeff.Zucker@nbcuni.com]

11 comments:

The Fan's Attic said...

that's bs. you have to pay to sign an online petition. does matchfit get a cut? if so, ima going to be disappointed.

Precious Roy said...

No shit? That's beyond weak.

Goat said...

I don't think you have to pay to sign it--at least I didn't pay and my name (Goatford G. Goaterson) is listed there.

Zach Parris said...

www.faxzero.com

flood the fax machines

Precious Roy said...

Okay... some of us are behind a work proxy that is okay with some sites but not okay with others.

By us, I mean me. So I wasn't able to actually click the petition and see about the "pay" thing.

It's not pay apparently but there is the option to donate. So that's not the lamest thing ever. Sorry for any confusion. Blogging from work sometimes has its hazards.

Nathaniel said...

Went through my channels and I actually get mun2.

Yet I still can't get them to authorize GolTV for them.

Jason Davis said...

The confusion over the pay issue is my fault. When I set up the petition, I didn't realize there was that bullshit about donating. Just to be clear, YOU DO NOT HAVE TO PAY TO SIGN THE PETITION.

Again, sorry about that. If I could switch it to a different petition site, I would.

Love The Smell Of Burning Vuvuzela said...

The confusion over the pay issue is my fault. When I set up the petition, I didn't realize there was that bullshit about donating. Just to be clear, YOU DO NOT HAVE TO PAY TO SIGN THE PETITION.

Again, sorry about that. If I could switch it to a different petition site, I would.


Dude, you should switch it. Or add this language to the petition (rather than your current line about not having to pay): "NOTE: Clicking 'Sign Petition' will add your signature to the list. You do not have to donate to iPetition for your signature to be registered."

That will make it as clear as possible.

Jason Davis said...

Done. I think switching it would be counterproductive at this point, more than 300 signatures in.

Love The Smell Of Burning Vuvuzela said...

Cool, happy to help. Hope you can make an impact on this whole thing.

It's really kind of breathtaking that a US-Mexico World Cup qualifying match would be largely unavailable in 2009. Verging on bizarre, actually.

jar66su said...

nbc sports are the worst. look at their treatment of the nhl. jagoffs