More Than Just Yard Work: Prisoners And Sports

Burt Reynolds in The Longest Yard (1974)
Guess modern prisoners get sweaty throwing the remote around: Burt Reynolds in The Longest Yard (1974)
Blame Google Alerts for sending this one our way during Sports Week here at Criminal Element.

According the The Independent (UK), “Inmates at a jail in South Wales have lodged a formal complaint with the prison authorities – because they want more sports channels on TV.”

Say what? I thought prisoners were supposed to get their sports fix working out in the prison yard, fighting in the corridors, or playing football, a la Burt Reynolds in The Longest Yard, which mostly involves getting beaten up by guards.

Apparently not. Inmates at HMP Parc, the only privately run prison in Wales, are currently allowed to watch Britain’s Sky Sports 1 (much like ESPN) as a reward for good behavior, but they’d like a choice of all the channels in the full sports lineup (equivalent to pretty much any US satellite company’s full sports package) instead.

Well, honestly, so would I. That way I could watch my dear, struggling Red Sox even though I live in Yankees territory.

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