Friday, October 05, 2007

The naked Leafs

Mats Sundin and his teammates can stop worrying about showing up on the Internet in the nude some day, now that Toronto Maple Leafs have banned digital cameras, camera phones and hand-held video recorders from the dressing room. The prohibition, which took effect yesterday, is designed to prevent dressing-room photos or video showing up on media and other websites.
But although it mirrors similar moves by numerous sports organizations to exert more control over their properties and content in the digital era, that is not the purpose of the Leafs' ban, said the executive who instituted the rule before the team's home opener on Wednesday. "It comes down to the fact that I don't want to see naked images of my players on YouTube," said John Lashway, the senior vice-president of communications with the Leafs' parent, Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment. "This issue is no bigger than that."
There go my plans for my media credentials.

Besides, everyone knows Leafs TV has exclusive rights to naked Leafs pictures — isn't that why they charge what they do?


At 3:28 p.m., October 05, 2007, Anonymous Matt Gunn said...

Haha, it can happen.

When I was about 13-14, my hockey coach was Glen Cochrane (former NHLer and Canuck), and we got to go to a Canucks practice and hang out in the dressing room for a few hours.

I was getting a photo taken with Corey Hirsch, and just as the picture was taken, Kirk McLean walks right in front of the picture. He was just exiting the shower.

Now, instead of being left with a nice photo of me and (my favorite goalie, at the time) Corey Hirsch... I'm left with a nude photo of Kirk McLean.

At 3:58 p.m., October 05, 2007, Blogger Andy Grabia said...

So cell phones must be banned entirely, since there aren't any without cameras on them now. What a joke.

At 4:09 p.m., October 05, 2007, Anonymous BDH said...

Getting in the Leafs dressking room is sounding more and more like getting into a T bar. Can you get singles at the door?

At 4:55 p.m., October 05, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Leafs want exclusivity, period.

Not wanting naked pictures of players is such a ridiculous excuse that the Toronto media should actually hound them on this until they get a more reasonable answer.

At 7:40 p.m., October 05, 2007, Blogger odessasteps said...

If they have naked Leafs on Leafs TV, the least they could do is also have naked pictures of Jody Vance. :>

At 9:35 p.m., October 05, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the WNBA has a good way to avoid naked pictures.

I believe I read that the locker room is opened after each game, the reporters ask their questions of the athletes while they are still in their uniforms, and after the questions are over the reporters leave and the women shower and change. It allows the athletes to answer questions while they have clothes on, and avoids discomfort with mixed gender groups of reporters.

No naked athlete pictures. Problem solved!

At 2:01 p.m., October 06, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with the ban.

It's bad enough that we have to be exposed to the Leafs'inadequacies on the ice - we don't need to see their inadequacies in the locker room as well!

At 5:52 p.m., October 06, 2007, Anonymous Baroque said...

Ouch. ;)


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