This is one of the reasons I never got into pro football. The gameplay should dictate the coverage, not the other way around.
Athletes should really be spared this nonsense in their contracts. Their actual job is playing their sport and doing endorsements, not telling us for the thousandth time “it was a team effort, gave 110%, etc.”. They’re not actors or politicians. Answering inane and sometimes insulting questions yelled out by journalists in a scrum while a constant stream of flashes go off in a players face doesn’t bring any real money into the sport. The bulk of the revenue mainly comes from broadcast rights for the games and matches themselves as well as merchandising.
Some might claim that Kelly is right about Osaka because she’s fine with a Netflix documentary crew following her, doing magazine cover shoots, and running her social media accounts. What unsophisticated or ungenerous people like Kelly miss is that Osaka is less anxious in those situations because all of those things are being done on her terms with the level of control that implies.
An elite athlete can screen out the noise of a stadium or arena crowd of tens of thousands when she’s “in the zone”. She can also reduce the TV audience to an easily ignored abstraction. Stage fright is more easily overcome when you’re not dealing with a couple of dozen people screaming in your face in a potentially hostile situation.
Megyn Kelly understands none of these things, and decided to single out a PoC to victim-blame.