While it may not be a completely relevant story for some, as a soccer player, the happenings of the soccer world and its players is of the utmost importance. I chose to compare the print and radio versions of David Beckham’s current dealings because it is one of the most highly publicized stories in soccer today. This is because he recently turned down a deal from a Paris based team for over twice the amount he is being payed in L.A.
The radio version of this story I chose comes out of WBUR in Boston through the show It’s Only a Game. The transcript for the aired story can found here, and the actual audio can be found via iTunes by going to the podcast section and finding the podcast of It’s Only a Game. This version of the story was told from a first-person point of view, and while the narrator didn’t explicitly express any opinions of his own, it was certainly a more personal telling of the story (I’m not exactly sure how to describe the objective first-person narrative from this piece). It certainly presented the facts about the numbers regarding the deal between L.A. Galaxy and PSG (Paris Saint-Germain), as well as the reason for all the hype about the deal and why it was important. However, they did not go into a great deal of detail about as to why Beckham turned down the deal, only making a few jokes about the weather in Paris and Beckham’s up-and-coming line of underwear.
The print version of this article done by The New York Times, which can be found here, I found to be somewhat more objective simply by virtue of it being done from a third-person point of view. This objectivity was demolished, however, by the making of some bold statements, one about the reasons for Beckham’s stay in the US, and one about the quality of another player, without supporting them or offering so much as a hint that it was simply his view, or the way they saw the situation.
In my opinion, the lead for the print article was not a very strong one, being very dull for those not interested in the happenings of professional soccer. I still read on because of my interest in the sport, as well as my previous interest in the particular story. The radio cast had a very strong lead which delved straight into the exponentially large amounts of money involved in the deal, leaving the soccer aspect for later in the story.
Content wise, the print version of the story had a lot more to offer. While the radio cast only hinted (rather jokingly) that Beckham stayed because of this new line of underwear and because of the weather, the print article went in depth in explaining the reasons for Beckham turning down the deal to move to Paris.