"As of early Friday evening, ESPN insisted that local television outlets were to have no access to the field – meaning no highlights on their newscasts – but it was adjusted to limited access from the end zones."
The disdain for the elitist attitude that ESPN showed was not lost on the participants either. Both coaches were upset with how ESPN allowed the event to create a circus atmosphere, forgetting that players are student-athletes (no not the fake ones that are in college). Many of the players were pulled out of class to do interviews.
In taking the word "control freak" to a new level, ESPN was said to have rolled up with boxes full of sports-branded bottles and jugs, with instructions to display them on the sideline.
“No one had bothered to inform Folsom. It was a first: being told how to hydrate your players. ‘I told them if they wanted the coolers back, we were just going to leave them on the field,’ Richardson said.”
The host school, Folsom, had to wrestle ESPN for their $2,000 check which they described as “piddly.” They even had to fight for visiting Grant to get compensated also - a whopping $1,000.
The quote of the day comes from Fox 40 sports director Jim Crandell:
"I've covered eight Super Bowls and never had as many difficulties as I have with this game,"
You stay classy, ESPN.
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