There are a couple of different philosophies sportswriters take regarding when to arrive when covering an event.
Some show up just as the event kicks or tips off or the first pitch is thrown. That’s risky, and the reason others arrive at least 30 minutes early, if not sooner.
Those early arrivals have plenty of time to get any lineups or lineup changes or any other changes that might be occurring. Early-arriving scribes have time to chat a bit at times with those involved in an event maybe, getting some valuable tips or news.
Sometimes there are newsworthy pregame events to take notice, like the photo with this blog – a senior-day event prior to a Potomac School high-school football game.
Maybe during pregame warmups, it’s revealed that a key starter won’t be playing for whatever reason. Or notice during warmups that a player may be a bit off, or perhaps scalding hot hitting every warmup shot taken prior to a basketball game.
Seems like those who chance arriving right at game time, or a bit after – which in the industry is a big no-no – are missing a lot, get behind and scramble to get caught up. That’s a panic feeling for sure in this business.
So early arriving is the best philosophy and practice by far.
– Dave Facinoli