ONcourt would like to apologize for any inconvenience it might have created to the entities which had agreed to have their logo (links) displayed on the ONcourt home page. On the last ONcourt press release of Tuesday, March 15th with the heading “Do You Think This is Right?” we unfortunately identified these entities (links) as sponsors of ONcourt. This is incorrect; we regret any inconvenience we might have caused through this administrative error.
“Do You Think This is Right?” referred to the plight of a player, who was refused entry into a National Senior Championship because the host club refused to allow him onto the grounds of the club. The player had previously been a coach at the said club. The coach had previously been terminated by the club and had, as a response, filed a grievance with the labour board. Due to this legal procedure, he was refused entry to the tournament.
The national body or the club did not alter their stand and the player did not compete in the National event. The article simply stated the facts and asked questions which related to the rights of the coach and the possible infringements of his human rights. The article caused interesting response from readers at large.
ONcourt also received notification from the OTA to remove the mention of them being a sponsor. We can understand the OTA’s position as not wanting to be seen as a sponsor of a specific publication or the perception that they endorse the views of ONcourt. We apologised, removed the sponsor mention and planned for a retraction in our next newsletter.
We received further notification to remove the OTA logo from the ONcourt home page. This service had been offered to different tennis entities which have business relationships with ONcourt, ACE Tennis or Toronto Tennis City, all divisions of All-Canadian Sports Management Inc. The links were set up after approval from all the entities including the OTA. We were then informed that OTA staff does not have the authority to approve such linkage. As a result we removed the OTA logo from the home page of ONcourt.
We also received through third party information that we would be open to a legal action if we didn’t stop using the OTA logo and inferring that they were endorsing our editorial views. We immediately phoned the OTA to say that it was not our intent to use the OTA to promote such views. We were also told that such legal action comments were not made. In the same conversation we were informed that they had received counsel saying we had no right to display the OTA logo … Although we had received approval from staff to do so.
Some questions remain:
1. Was the OTA pressured into their actions since their demands coincided with the publication of “Do You Think This is Right?” and if so, by whom?
2. If not, why wouldn’t the OTA look into the situation with the club and the national body on behalf of the Ontario player?
3. The article was about the rights of an individual versus a private entity or a public sector organization, there is nothing wrong with insuring that we do things properly for everyone.
4. Why do people see this as an example of trying to create problems rather than identifying a problem and coming up with the right answer?
5. Interesting world we live in.