Oarsome! But no thanks...
As grateful as I am for a mention in your journal, I feel I must politely
decline the Trireme Award so kindly bestowed upon us.
Sportsbeat is ever-conscious of the disdain with which employers treat we
freelances. We accept most rates that are imposed on us, we wait for ever
for payment and, irritatingly, we are sometimes told "don't bother now,
we're not using it" after preparing work.
All, of course, in return for a demand for accurate copy, quickly
delivered and usually exclusive.
Consequently, when we need to hire people we are acutely
conscious we should not treat them in the same fashion.
However, our biggest contract is with the aforementioned Non-League Paper,
who employ us to manage their team of match correspondents.
This season, the NLP has taken the decision that it cannot pay for reports
from every league it covers. We have had the task of telling the people
involved the bad news. Not great for them. Not a great job for us - then
someone has to do it.
I think, on this occasion, we can waive the traditional dozen lashes as
However, I would appreciate a clarification in your columns as our name
will have been inadvertently blackened by your news item.