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Old 04-18-2005, 09:39 PM   #1516
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This is a guy in New York who's faked a TV sports show for 10 years so he could get a press pass. You may have seen his flashy yellow "Mark Sabia's Sportszone" microphone at some Patriots press conferences.

http://www.thejournalnews.com/apps/p...60/1020/NEWS04

Man posed as sports reporter, Queens D.A. says

By JANET PASKIN AND BILL HUGHES
jpaskin@thejournalnews.com
THE JOURNAL NEWS
(Original publication: April 14, 2005)

Mark Sabia, yellow-flagged microphone in tow, has been a regular in press boxes at Yankee Stadium, Shea and Madison Square Garden for years. He pushed his way to the front in post-game interviews, button-holed players for one-on-ones, and complained when he felt he wasn't being treated fairly. In other words, he was indistinguishable from the rest of the small-market television sports reporters in New York's locker rooms.

Except the outlet Sabia represents Westchester Cable Services doesn't exist, according to the Queens County District Attorney. Sabia, who lives in Ossining, was arrested Monday when he showed up to cover Opening Day at Shea and was charged with scamming season passes for almost all of New York's professional teams, as well as for several World Series and League Championship Series dating to 1998. He was charged with five felony counts of falsifying business records and 16 misdemeanor counts ranging from petit larceny to criminal impersonation.

"Isn't that wild," Yankees manager Joe Torre said. "That's sick, man."

But according to Sabia, he's a veritable David among broadcasting Goliaths, an entrepreneur who has been carving out a niche for himself for the past 23 years as an independent videographer who sells short feeds to small television and cable shows throughout the region.

"I'm just a little guy trying to make a living, and I would never intentionally or unintentionally hurt or defraud anyone," Sabia said. "I will tell you this I have worked very hard since I was 17 years old to earn a living in this business, and I've never lied or misrepresented myself to anyone."

Sports media representatives, however, disagreed.

"It's extremely disappointing and frustrating," said Patrick Courtney, a spokesman for Major League Baseball. "I think this is a very, very rare instance. He is someone that, because of longevity, it was assumed that he was doing legitimate work."

Teams' media liaisons and regional sports reporters assumed he was from a small-time fringe outlet. The Giants challenged his credentials in 2002, but Sabia successfully lobbied to keep it.

"He said he had been covering the team since 1983, and he listed three stations upstate that he claimed he was stringing for," Giants spokesman Pat Hanlon said. "We investigated and got enough feedback that we credentialed him."

Many television and radio stations don't travel with New York's pro teams, so it wasn't unusual that Sabia showed up only at home games. He rarely did "stand-ups" after games the live reports you see on the evening news but many smaller outlets don't. Sabia, 39, with a predilection for garish shirts, did what reporters do in locker rooms, which is ask questions. And it was easy to blend in. Journal News sports reporters saw him all the time.

"I never saw him to be obnoxious in the clubhouse," said John Delcos, who has covered the Yankees for The Journal News since 1998. "I thought he was legit. He dressed nice. He was serious about what he was doing. ... He always seemed to be up there in the middle of everything, so he was aggressive. I thought he was a small-media guy, somebody trying to hustle to make a buck."

Courtney said Major League Baseball did not plan to make any changes to its credentialing process, but underscored the importance of diligence when issuing credentials. Delcos and others expressed disapproval of Sabia's alleged fraud and suggested maybe it should be harder to get a press pass.

"I think there's a lot of people in locker rooms, reaching over and climbing around that don't necessarily need to be there," said Mike Dougherty, who has covered the Knicks for six years for The Journal News. "I'm a little disappointed that somebody, for their own personal gain, (might) impersonate a member of the media."

Sabia said he was puzzled by the sudden scrutiny of his credentials. He was also concerned because he said he can't afford a high-priced attorney and he's reluctant to "fight this out in the papers."

Sabia has almost no online presence, which is rare for a media professional, and his business was not legally incorporated under New York state law.

A Google search for Westchester Cable Services produced one hit yesterday afternoon.
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Old 04-18-2005, 09:55 PM   #1517
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That's awesome... every once in a while you hear a story of someone doing something so outrageous it makes sense... like "why didn't i think of that?" hanging out at the ballyard every gameday for 7 years. that rules! too bad he's yanks/mets fan. hope they throw the book at him
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Old 04-19-2005, 05:46 AM   #1518
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A couple more good days then back to cold, damp weather

Grrrrrrrrr same here .looks like I jinxed the nice weather.

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The guy on the far right really had me fooled
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Went back and read some of the first few pages in this thread. Wow, it's come a long way.

A couple of ones that were rather humorous from page 1......

Anni's I can just see a couple of months from now we'll be talking about madagascar hissing cockroaches or average rainfall in the Amazon basin...

Oh my friend, it's gone way beyond that.


And UT actually suggesting that if the thread was that bad he might delete it.

Can you imagine life on the Planet without this thread???? How empty it would seem.


The funniest thing is that people were actually concerned with winning at one point. Course, as I pointed out back at it's inception, this thing will never end.
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Went back and read some of the first few pages in this thread. Wow, it's come a long way.

A couple of ones that were rather humorous from page 1......

Anni's I can just see a couple of months from now we'll be talking about madagascar hissing cockroaches or average rainfall in the Amazon basin...
Well, here you go...

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The hissing cockroach, Gromphadorhina portentosa (Schaum), has lately been offered for sale in the pet trade. This large, docile roach is probably familiar to most people. For years it has been featured in various educational demonstrations and insect zoos. In these exhibitions, large specimens are often taken from their cages to be handled by children. While being handled, the roaches usually hiss loudly--and harmlessly--giving rise to the name "Giant Hissing Cockroach." The roach is also known as the "Madagascar Hissing Roach," referring to the origin of the species in the tropical forests of that island. Specimens in the pet trade are sometimes sold under the name of "Madagascar Hissing Beetle," perhaps to cover the negative impressions generated by the word "cockroach."

The adult roach does resemble a large beetle in its apparent lack of wings and shiny upper surface. But unlike a beetle, the roaches really do not have wings or even wing pads at any stage in their life history. The roaches are a dark chocolate brown with dark orange makings on the abdomen. Adults can measure up to 10 cm long and weigh up to 24 grams (Fig. 1).

It is this large size--as big as a small mouse--and the ease with which these roaches can be reared that recommends them to those who are looking for large invertebrate prey for insectivorous lizards and tarantulas. A peculiar advantage is that these hissing roaches do not have any odor associated with them or their feces. A breeding colony of several hundred large individuals can therefore be easily maintained in a 15- to 20-gallon aquarium without odor, something that cannot be said for either mice or for other large roaches. The practical utility for someone who wants to rear their own large insect food in the room of a house is obvious.
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In the Amazon Basin, flooding often occurs between June and October.

The climate is warm and humid, with an average temperature of 79 degrees and an average yearly rainfall of 80 inches. Temperature differences between day and night are greater than those between seasons.
(from http://nationalzoo.si.edu/Animals/Am...basinfacts.cfm)

This thread has officially come full circle.

I win.
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I don't know how they wrote this with a straight face.

This was a real memo sent out by a computer company

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The engineers rolled on the floor!


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