Instead of going somewhere such as Tuscaloosa, Auburn, Baton Rouge, Ann Arbor or South Bend, the network’s popular football show will head to Fargo, N.D., on Saturday. North Dakota State, the No. 1 team in the FCS and two-time defending national champion, will host Delaware.
It’s good to give football fans a look at other locations, especially one that has great football, even though it’s not in supersize portions like in the Southeastern Conference. And, honestly, as long as Lee Corso is there, does it really matter what campus they broadcast from?
But that’s part of the problem in this case. Instead of setting up the GameDay set on campus at the Fargodome, where the team plays and fans tailgate beforehand, the network plans to broadcast from Fargo Theatre, which is about a couple of miles away in the city’s downtown.
From the photos you can find online, it looks like a beautiful location, but does it really scream college football? Why can’t we get a good look at fans gathered at the Fargodome, where they traditionally like to gather?
North Dakota State fans apparently feel the same way and have raised enough of a stink, athletic department officials have asked them to quiet down, rather than risk offending the World Wide Leader.
I don’t care about offending ESPN. Broadcast from campus. Please. It seems to defeat the purpose to set up somewhere other than where the fans go.
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