September 02, 2005

Ban Hammer Strikes Bike Racer: Now that SportsFilter is beginning to attract professional athletes such as pitcher Eric Knott, please take heed: You can be suspended from your sport for online postings, as endurance bike racer Jeff Kerkove just learned. (Via number 2)

posted by rcade to other at 09:41 AM - 7 comments

what bullshit

posted by garfield at 09:49 AM on September 02, 2005

What garfield said.

posted by gac at 10:51 AM on September 02, 2005

Glancing at the forum in question, the race administrator seems to have his moments of mixed messages and less-than-ideal communication. I wouldn't be surprised if this was more an issue of a single race event's paranoid and incompetent administration than one of sports-wide censorship.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:51 AM on September 02, 2005

I think you've got it right, DrJohnEvans. Hopefully those guys will be able to get their sport's politics under control so they can focus on fun and competition.

posted by dusted at 11:34 AM on September 02, 2005

Suspended for being honest? What kind of bullshit is that? I don't know much about this sport honestly, but I would assume that people are going to make decisions based on what they see more than what they read.

posted by melcarek69 at 12:10 PM on September 02, 2005

"Kerkove is influential and respected in the endurance racing community. Along with being one of the top racers in the country and a true evangelist for 24 hour racing, he has a popular blog, he's a shop mechanic, he's active in Internet forums and he's a race promoter. Kerkove is the archetypal opinion leader, an influencer, a network hub, he's all the marketing buzzwords rolled up into one. He is the LAST guy any company should alienate." No shit. Especially some super-dedicated athlete paying you to compete. "24 HOA does run their own series. They control every aspect of the events since there is no governing body in endurance racing." But if you think you are bigger than the sport itself, maybe alienating a star is the way to go.

posted by garfield at 01:00 PM on September 02, 2005

Perhaps the sport gods have abandoned us to the sheer idiocy of humanity...

posted by supersly26 at 02:42 AM on September 03, 2005

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