GAME CHANGER: When Jeter hits 3,000, we’re all over it

July 1, 2011 | By Getty Images | News, Sport


BOSTON: Jonathan Paplebon #58 of the Boston Red Sox pitches against the Seattle Mariners in the ninth inning on August 23, 2010 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Michael Ivins/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)

Michael Klein and Travis Lindquist know sports: the athletes, the games, the stadiums. They understand coverage.

But they also understand our customers, and how in the past, by not having a Getty Images photographer at every Major League Baseball game, we were not able to provide these clients with the content they desired.  

“It was the biggest hole in sports coverage,” said Klein, a Senior Manager on the Sports Team in New York. “It prevented us from being able to look a customer in the eye and say, ‘Getty Images can cover all your needs.’ ”

Thankfully, on June 1, that all changed. Now, we’ve got photographers shooting every game, every player and every home run. In other words, when Derek Jeter gets his 3,000th hit, wherever it is, we’ll be there.  Our customers will never again have to rely on someone else to supply historic baseball imagery or shots of players who are important to them.

TAMPA, FL: Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees poses for a photo during Spring Training Media Photo Day at George M. Steinbrenner Field on February 25, 2010 in Tampa, Fla. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

This is obviously a big deal in the US. But it also matters to customers in the Asia Pacific and Latin America regions, as this change will have a tremendous impact there as well.  

“There are a growing number of players from Latin America, Japan and Korea,” said Lindquist, a Director of Photography in New York. “The appetite for this content in those regions is insatiable.” 

ARLINGTON, TEXAS: Bengie Molina #11 and Neftali Feliz #30 of the Texas Rangers celebrate after defeating the New York Yankees 6-1 in Game Six of the ALCS to advance to the World Series during the 2010 MLB Playoffs at Rangers Ballpark on October 22, 2010 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

For example, when the Seattle Mariners’ Ichiro Suzuki gets two hits (like he did June 13 against the Los Angeles Angels), customers in his native Japan want photos. Now, we won’t miss a chance to provide them.  Similarly, when the Cardinals’ Albert Pujols, who was born in the Dominican Republic, hits a historic home run (now in his 11th season, he’s already surpassed 400), we will be there to capture the moment. 

CINCINNATI: Jayson Werth #28 of the Philadelphia Phillies shakes champagne out of his hair in the clubhouse after a sweep of the Cincinnati Reds during Game 3 of the NLDS at Great American Ball Park on October 10, 2010 in Cincinnati, Ohio.The Phillies defeated the Reds 2-0. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

  “As a news organization, it’s unacceptable to miss historic moments like that,” Lindquist said. “That’s a major reason why having 100 percent coverage means so much to our customers.”

Klein agrees.

 “It’s something we can provide for our customers that didn’t exist before,” he said. “It puts us into the lead position in terms of what we can offer. It’s a real game changer.”  



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  • Guilherme Dionizio

    Very good, even I had realized this, as I realized that the NBA has only one photographer that I am not mistaken is the NBA itself. If I could live in New York a dis would love to be a photographer for Getty Images to help ensure 100% coverage of all sports !!!!!