NFL asks reporters to specify their race for Super Bowl press passes
The NFL is requiring journalists covering Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis to provide racial identification when requesting credentials to be admitted to the Feb. 4 game.
Journalists for years have been asked to provide either a Social Security number or passport number and a photo for security checks for the game but have not been asked to specify their race, a field that is mandatory in the online press pass application form.
The NFL until this year conducted security checks on media members on its own, while the FBI performed checks on other credentialed personnel, such as vendors or stadium attendants, league spokesman Brian McCarthy told The Washington Post.
It’s a question that everybody today dances around, but it’s not because it’s something that folks are not used to giving, Wedick said. Maybe in this particular situation it’s something you didn’t have to give before, but we’ve become more security conscious and these venues are being more careful about making sure you are who you claim to be.
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Giants co-owner John Mara said the Giants definitely plan on Beckham being part of the team’s future. He said he wasn’t sure on a timetable for an extension, adding that Gettleman’s first priority will be to help the team find a new head coach. Gettleman echoed Mara’s sentiments about Beckham.
Ernie [Accorsi] taught me a long time ago: Don’t quit on talent, Gettleman said.
While that remark might sound strange coming from the man who rescinded Josh Norman’s franchise tag in Carolina, Gettleman understands the magnitude of the job ahead. He said fixing the Giants’ offensive line will be among his primary goals, and he’s not afraid to hurt some feelings when it comes to contract negotiations.