Athletes take the Olympic Oath, Officials take the Oath…Why not Broadcasters?

This is a time honored oath that is taken every four years, and will be taken in Sochi for the Winter Games of the Olympics in 2014 and in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

The oath for the Athletes is:

In the name of all the competitors I promise that we shall take part in these Olympic Games, respecting and abiding by the rules which govern them, committing ourselves to a sport without doping and without drugs, in the true spirit of sportsmanship, for the glory of sport and the honor of our teams.

The oath for the Officials is:

In the name of all the judges and officials, I promise that we shall officiate in these Olympic Games with complete impartiality, respecting and abiding by the rules which govern them in the true spirit of sportsmanship.

And during the Summer Youth Games, the oath for the coaches goes:

In the name of all the coaches and other members of the athletes’ entourage, I promise that we shall commit ourselves to ensuring that the spirit of sportsmanship and fair play is fully adhered to and upheld in accordance with the fundamental principles of Olympism.

So, why not an oath for Broadcasters?

I just so happen to have just the thing that Broadcasters need to take…

My proposed Oath for Olympic Broadcasters is:

On behalf of the Citizens of the World who can not be here, I will represent and present the coverage of these Olympics without bias or slight, and I will endeavor to use professional judgment to interview without regard to nationality any athlete worthy of the success and adventure of these Olympics.  I promise to cover all the events, from the Thrill of Victory to the Agony of Defeat, and showcase the human drama of athletic competition, just as my predecessors before me have done.  On my Honor as a Citizen of the World I take this Oath and ask the help of my fellow broadcasters to do the same.

Maybe if the Broadcasters of the Olympics would be held to an oath, just like the athletes, coaches, and Officials are, there would be a very rich strength to the Olympics, instead of the commercialization of these Games.  Yes there should be endorsements, Yes there should be some commercials, but there should be more live events and with the advent of sponsoring elements, there should be fewer commercials and more time to interview athletes, both great and small.

We should cover the Olympics like Jim McKay did for ABC, and he proved a track record that has not been matched by many broadcasters, yet.



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