Friday, September 16, 2011

High School Notebook: Pre-game music needs to be reigned in

Rick Strunk is more sensitive than most to what can go wrong when you let just anybody wander into a high school press box and play something over the stadium's loudspeaker system.

Coaches and athletes, as a general rule, seem to take the pre-game music played in the stadium as being entirely their option, as if the speakers on the light poles were some giant iPod. They take the liberty of putting on anything and everything they find entertaining or uplifting.

I say they need to rethink this. What you put on a portable sound system that can only be taken in by your ears is one thing. When you're forcing it on paying customers attending an athletic event, that's something else.

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