7/28/2005

The Politics of Sports

I think this one's worth changing my standard fare for:

Israeli basketball star and lantzman of R' Yitzchak Elchanan Spektor, Sarunas Jasikevicius, recently signed a 3-year contract with the Indiana Pacers. This was reported in many mainstream media outlets, local and international, including:
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/pages/ShArtVty.jhtml?sw=sarunas&itemNo=604490
http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?ID=/20050725/SPORTS04/507250383/1088
http://www.diamondbackonline.com/vnews/display.v/ART/2005/07/28/42e83942b6dc6
http://www.nba.com/pacers/news/question_050713.html
http://www.usatoday.com/sports/basketball/nba/pacers/2005-07-25-Jasikevicius_x.htm
http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=2115697

One report remains a bit different from the rest. The AP, when reporting the deal, doesn't mention Tel Aviv, doesn't mention Israel, and doesn't mention Maccabi, even though it's a pretty long article. It goes out of its way to AVOID mentioning Israel.
See for yourself. It's unbelievable:
http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news?slug=ap-pacers-jasikevicius&prov=ap&type=lgns

If Jasikevicius' right arm unexpectedly starts giving him trouble, he'll know who to blame.

"If I forget thee, O Jerusalem..."
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