02.24.2009 02:20 PM
Reports About Reporter Quitting Over Having to Fly Coach Questioned

(Feb. 24, 2009) BRISTOL, CONN.: ESPN sideline reporter Stacey Dales hasn’t confirmed she quit the network over after getting stuck in coach while her colleagues were in first class, though reports persist that she did. Dales, a former WNBA player, told The Oklahoman her decision was “a matter of principle.” Dales exited in December after six years working for the sports network over an impasse in her contract conditions.

Dales worked with a three men, whom WAGA-TV in Atlanta noted, “It’s not known whether they are being forced to fly coach.”

The story got around as far as The Economist, which picked up a sports column slamming Dales as a “diva.”

“That’s a pretty harsh judgment of something Ms. Dales has not, as of yet, confirmed,” the Economist said. “Obviously, contract negotiations are always complicated and what seems like a minor issue at first can become a major sticking point. It’s quite possible, indeed likely, that this situation is more complicated than early reports have suggested. But until Ms Dales is willing to explicitly confirm or deny what The Oklahoman’s ESPN source is saying, this story is going to be floating around. If she wants to avoid becoming famous as ‘the woman who quit instead of flying coach,’ Ms. Dales should call up… her media outlet of choice and give them her side of the story.” 

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Posted by: Deborah McAdams
Wed, 02-25-2009 11:19 PM Report Comment
Not knowing the complete story, My comments will address equal rights for males and females in the workplace. If indeed, the three males traveled "1st Class" while the female was ticketed to coach, that in mho, is discrimination based on sex. If the three males did something to get upgrades from coach to 1st Class and did not include the fourth member of their crew, that also smacks of ex discrimination, a lack of courtesy and out-and-out male chauvinism. Ifthis problem was caused by her questioning the negotiating of her contract, that is sex discrimination, failure to negotiate in good faith and really bad PR on the company's part. On the other hand, if any of this is or was caused by her assuming a "hurt diva" position, then she is at fault, for not playing by the rules. also she has done herself irreputable harm to her career and to her character. If any of the principals would like to discuss this with me, I may be reached at mpheslin13@hotmail.com

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