Former White House aide Fleischer talks PR to Pack Print
Written by Admin   
Thursday, 31 July 2008 14:49
NFL Headline News

 MILWAUKEE (AP) -With the Brett Favre saga turning into quite a public-relations pickle, it would be hard to blame the Green Bay Packers for calling in someone with significant experience in crisis management.
But it was just a coincidence that former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer was in town for a guest lecture to Packers players Thursday.
Fleischer, who has traveled to several NFL camps in recent weeks to explain the finer points of media relations to players, spoke for about an hour. The session was scheduled several weeks ago, before Favre and the Packers became locked in a showdown over the three-time MVP's football future.
And while Fleischer didn't focus on how players should handle the simmering controversy in interviews, the subject certainly came up.
``Obviously, it's a topic, and it wasn't ignored,'' Fleischer said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press Thursday night.
Fleischer, who served as White House press secretary for most of President Bush's first term, now is the president of Ari Fleischer Sports Communications, a joint venture with IMG.
His message to athletes?
``When you're on the field, you keep your head in the game and don't make mental mistakes,'' Fleischer said. ``Don't go in the locker room and take your head out of the game.''
Fleischer said Packers players paid attention.
``You can tell it in the way they were watching and listening,'' Fleischer said. ``I was the last thing between them and lunch, and they stayed and paid attention.''
Fleischer advised players that having a good relationship with the media can enhance their image and help their career. And he told them to be careful.
``They're also going to stir the pot,'' Fleischer said. ``Don't take the bait.''
Fleischer, an avid sports fan, said sports coverage can be just as intense as political coverage - especially in high-profile cases such as the Mitchell Report on performance-enhancing drugs in baseball and the death of filly Eight Belles at the Kentucky Derby.
And Fleischer acknowledged that sports metaphors have become ubiquitous in politics.
``At the podium, I always naturally spoke in sports metaphors,'' Fleischer said. ``I remember going on the 'Today Show' during the recount in 2000, and saying, 'It's going into the 10th inning.' Little did I know it was going to go 18 innings.''
 

NFL Team Pages

Recent NFL Discussions

Top NFL Public Bets

#1 485 San Francisco 49ers 84%
#2 480 Kansas City Chiefs 84%
#3 491 San Diego Chargers 83%
#4 488 Denver Broncos 73%
#5 463 New Orleans Saints 72%
#6 475 Buffalo Bills 69%
#7 469 Jacksonville Jaguars 67%
#8 481 New England Patriots 65%
#9 490 Detroit Lions 65%
#10 468 Pittsburgh Steelers 62%
View All: NFL |  NBA |  NCAAF |  NCAAB |  MLB |  NHL

NFL Futures

NFL TEAM CONFERENCE ODDS CURRENT
DENVER BRONCOS 9/4
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS 3/1
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS 15/4
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS 4/1
GREEN BAY PACKERS 15/2
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS 8/1
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS 8/1
CHICAGO BEARS 10/1
PITTSBURGH STEELERS 12/1
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES 14/1
View All

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Contact Us | Advertising | 888-99-SPREAD

THIS IS NOT A GAMBLING SITE – If you think you have a gambling problem click here.

Disclaimer: This site is for informational and entertainment purposes only. Individual users are responsible for the laws regarding accessing gambling information from their jurisdictions. Many countries around the world prohibit gambling, please check the laws in your location. Any use of this information that may violate any federal, state, local or international law is strictly prohibited.

Copyright: The information contained on TheSpread.com website is protected by international copyright and may not be reproduced, or redistributed in any way without expressed written consent.

About: TheSpread.com is the largest sports betting news site in the United States. We provide point spread news, odds, statistics and information to over 199 countries around the world each year. Our coverage includes all North American College and Professional Sports as well as entertainment, political and proposition wagering news.

©1999-2013 TheSpread.com