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Keith Loh April 30th, 2005 11:25 AM

Faking your way into events
 
Heh. Guy fakes his way into events for over ten years. Major league events. Hardly anyone checks his credentials.

Quote:

Path to broadcasting career ended in arrest
Mark Sabia always wanted to be a sportscaster, so much so that he finagled his first press pass to a Giants game before he'd even graduated from high school.

Professionally, he was precocious and talented, outgoing and full of chutzpah, and when he finally tried to make a career as a freelancer, he brought his friends along with him: In exchange for their free labor as cameramen, Sabia took them behind the scenes at all of New York's professional sporting events.

The problems arose when Major League Baseball couldn't verify that Sabia's work ever hit the airwaves and when MLB officials learned he allegedly was selling the access that his credentials conferred.
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Bob Costa May 1st, 2005 08:09 AM

What did they arrest him for? Impersonating a newsman? That would indite 80% of Washington Press Corps and major networks.

Joshua Starnes May 1st, 2005 11:40 AM

It probably had something to do with money changing hands for access. A lot of video footage is taken of sporting events that never hit the airwaves - doubly so from freelancers, so that's nothing new. But if he is charging people money to go 'backstage' with him as his camera people that is illegal because MLB basically has a monoply on that, that's one way they make their money.


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