At least one Green Bay TV station has picked up the story of two high school athletes whose eligibility was threatened because of inexcusable behavior by Gannett's Appleton Post Crescent Newspaper and an inane rule by the WIAA. But there a couple of things TV won't tell you that listeners to my show already know.
The WIAA and Gannett weren't showing any inclination to rectify this situation until my producer began sniffing around Thursday and we broke this story on Friday on my show. In fact, Phill Scholl said on my show Friday that it was the call's Jason made that suddenly had both the WIAA and Gannett changing their tune.
This TV story also doesn't fully illustrate the arrogance of Gannett in this story, nor does it explore the legal questions of using the athletes' photo without consent for commercial purposes, any WIAA rule not withstanding. Phil Scholl objected to this ad campaign and the paper basically told him to go to hell. Then when my show starts snooping around, I learned Friday that they portrayed this incident to their staff as the Post Crescent being the hero and moving quickly to fix this and that's why the WIAA restored the girls' eligibility. What a crock.
They were supremely arrogant until a conservative talk show shed light on this. The marketing director at Gannett never returned Jason's call, but instead it appears she hit the red alert button and fed this up the chain and that's when things happened.
And this WIAA rule is inane and must be changed. How can you punish someone for actions they didn't commit and over which they had no control???