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Vernam
11-07-2005, 11:28 PM
Yesterday I caught the promo for a WGN News feature about the on-line poker craze. It flew by in an instant, but I could've sworn a computer screen capture they showed had the Sox logo in it. Thanks to Tivo, I confirmed that it was there, like subliminal advertising. But I kept my paranoia in check and didn't post anything about it on WSI.

That is, I was restrained until I saw the full segment tonight, during which they profiled a college student who spends hours playing Internet poker. The guy was wearing a Sox jersey the whole time, and the on-line game he played turns out to have been the source of the screen capture with the Sox logo. I can't imagine that MLB or the team license it for such use, so presumably he loads it as his sig or avatar.

Very curious, that's all I can say . . . Curious that the Sox got dropped gratuitously into a negative story that had nothing to do with them, and curious that -- of all the people hooked on Internet gambling -- WGN selected one who is a die-hard Sox fan. Calling the story "negative" isn't quite accurate, because the piece was a thinly veiled commercial for gambling, kind of like the Travel Network shows that are underwritten by Vegas tourism boosters. It wasn't too different from fake news WGN runs to promote WB network shows, except they included a half-assed disclaimer about how gambling probably isn't a good thing. Weird.

They'll often re-run evening segments on the following morning's news show, if you'd like to see for yourself. Or go to http://wgntv.trb.com/ and open the "Pokerpalooza" link.

Vernam

Deuce
11-07-2005, 11:42 PM
Wow. You know, I expect that from the Cubune, but what about the guy they were doing the piece on? If that guy is on this board, he better not mention it. What a ****ty thing to do, given the subject matter of that piece. "Oh, I know. I'll wear my Sox jersey while doing an interview on my gambling activities." Tool.

Deuce

SouthSide_HitMen
11-08-2005, 12:31 AM
Calling the story "negative" isn't quite accurate, because the piece was a thinly veiled commercial for gambling, kind of like the Travel Network shows that are underwritten by Vegas tourism boosters. It wasn't too different from fake news WGN runs to promote WB network shows, except they included a half-assed disclaimer about how gambling probably isn't a good thing. Weird.
Vernam

And now http://content.answers.com/main/content/wp/en/thumb/9/98/200px-WGN_2005_-_I000.jpg presents the twice daily results of http://www.agr.state.il.us/isf/sponsor/lottery.jpg.

Poker house take 5%
Mafia run lottery take 25%
State run lottery take 50%

Not advocating online poker (which I don't play - only low limit games in Vegas ($6 - $12) or games with friends) but playing the lottery, something WGN advocates and profits on, is ten times worse than playing online poker.

SoxFan78
11-08-2005, 09:27 AM
I think we are making a mountain out of a mole hill. So what he's wearing a Sox jersey? They didnt mention the Sox at all in the story. I saw a Bears flag in that kids room, does that mean that all Bears fans are dirty gamblers also?

Reading too much into the story thats for sure.

tebman
11-08-2005, 09:45 AM
And now http://content.answers.com/main/content/wp/en/thumb/9/98/200px-WGN_2005_-_I000.jpg presents the twice daily results of http://www.agr.state.il.us/isf/sponsor/lottery.jpg.

Poker house take 5%
Mafia run lottery take 25%
State run lottery take 50%

Not advocating online poker (which I don't play - only low limit games in Vegas ($6 - $12) or games with friends) but playing the lottery, something WGN advocates and profits on, is ten times worse than playing online poker.
Great catch, SSHM! Here's the meeting outside WGN's Tribune Company offices:

http://p.vtourist.com/161815-A_classic_movie-Casablanca.jpg

"I'm shocked, shocked, to learn that there's gambling going on here!"
"Round up the usual suspects." (and make sure there's a White Sox connection)

Vernam
11-08-2005, 10:06 AM
I think we are making a mountain out of a mole hill. So what he's wearing a Sox jersey? They didnt mention the Sox at all in the story. I saw a Bears flag in that kids room, does that mean that all Bears fans are dirty gamblers also?

Reading too much into the story thats for sure.Fair enough. But if you think news producers don't consider how images like that get used on tv, you don't know much about the medium. The Sox logo was also pasted into a large graphic created by WGN and shown on a whopping great plasma screen in the studio right behind the segment reporter. This doesn't happen incidentally.

I wouldn't suggest that the whole segment was predicated on making the Sox look bad, just that some clever producer maybe saw an opportunity and ran with it. Or maybe, as you say, I'm too suspicious.

Vernam

skottyj242
11-08-2005, 11:25 AM
And now http://content.answers.com/main/content/wp/en/thumb/9/98/200px-WGN_2005_-_I000.jpg presents the twice daily results of http://www.agr.state.il.us/isf/sponsor/lottery.jpg.

Poker house take 5%
Mafia run lottery take 25%
State run lottery take 50%

Not advocating online poker (which I don't play - only low limit games in Vegas ($6 - $12) or games with friends) but playing the lottery, something WGN advocates and profits on, is ten times worse than playing online poker.


But doesn't a big majority of the other half go to schools and other maney strapped state programs?

Fuller_Schettman
11-08-2005, 12:11 PM
But doesn't a big majority of the other half go to schools and other maney strapped state programs?

One half goes to the state, another half goes to the prize winners and the remainder goes to the schools.

tebman
11-08-2005, 12:16 PM
But doesn't a big majority of the other half go to schools and other maney strapped state programs?
Not as much as we're led to believe. There's a nice summary here (http://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0JAS/is_9_31/ai_93451531).

The point, though, is that WGN dug around to create a story about the unsavory nature of gambling (with a handy White Sox implication), while at the same time they are the proud hosts of the biggest gambling operation in the state.

This is one of those tongue-clucking stories, like the occasional piece that's done about teenage drinking or racy T-shirts. There's no real substance in any of it, but it gave WGN a chance to throw some mud on the White Sox.

SouthSide_HitMen
11-08-2005, 01:21 PM
One half goes to the state, another half goes to the prize winners and the remainder goes to the schools.

1/2 + 1/2 + 0 = 1


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TornLabrum
11-08-2005, 11:25 PM
One half goes to the state, another half goes to the prize winners and the remainder goes to the schools.

No money from the Illinois State Lottery goes directly to the schools. It goes to the General Fund.