February 17, 2009

Nice to see The Tennis Channel has more balls than Britain

(pun intended)

Dubai barred a female Israeli tennis player from entering the country to compete in a tournament due to security concerns.  As in concerns that she would be in danger, not that she's a threat.  The Tennis Channel's response?  Buh bye to televising the tournament.

"This is an easy decision to come by, based on what is right and wrong," Tennis Channel chairman and CEO Ken Solomon told the New York Times. "Sports are about merit, absent of background, class, race, creed, color or religion. They are simply about talent. This is a classic case, not about what country did what to another country. If the state of Israel were barring a citizen of an Arab nation, we would have made the same decision."

Sure, there's some moral equivalency there, but it's nice to hear someone, anyone, calling this an easy decision.  The WTA is also threatening to yank the tournament off the calendar next year.  I don't necessarily blame them for not canceling the tournament, apparently the UAE dithered on the visa and everyone else is there.  Yes, I agree that it would be better to cancel and/or for other players to walk out.  I am trying to look at the glass half full parts of this.

See, this is how to respond to threats.  Punish the threatmakers, not the innocent person.  It's sad that this is so out of the norm as to be newsworthy. 

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