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SBD/September 12, 2013/Media
Texas A&M, CBS Discuss School's Concerns Over "Johnny Cam" Following QB Manziel
Published September 12, 2013
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THE SINGLE GUY: Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin on Tuesday said, "I just don't understand why there's got to be one guy singled out and put a camera on all the time. That's not what we're about, that's not what we're trying to promote." TIME's Sean Gregory writes, "It's easy to chastise the network for sending the wrong message with the Johnny Cam: that one player is above it all and special and had good reason to have a swollen ego and sense of entitlement." However, it is "pure business." In its attempt to "recoup cost through high ratings and advertising dollars, CBS has every reason to put its cameras anywhere, and everywhere, it needs to." Gregory: "Manziel is a polarizing figure. He draws eyeballs, even those of casual fans" (TIME.com, 9/12).
ALL ATTENTION TO COLLEGE STATION: Cannon said that Texas A&M is "doing its best to accommodate the unprecedented amount of media requests" for Saturday's game. The EAGLE's Reed reports ESPN will broadcast live from A&M's campus Friday, while "College Football Live" will join "GameDay" in broadcasting live from campus Saturday. CBS' studio show "will relocate" from N.Y. to College Station on Saturday, while ESPN Radio and SiriusXM radio "will air live on Friday and Saturday near the Memorial Student Center." The game will "host its normal press corps" as well as national outlets including the N.Y. Times, USA Today, the Chicago Sun-Times and the AP. Alabama Associate AD/Media Relations Doug Walker said that there were "some parallels in regard to the media attention" from the LSU-Alabama regular-season game two years ago. Walker: "You end up with easily upward of double what your normal requests are. What really ends up taxing you is the amount of specialty programs doing live shots" (Bryan-College Station EAGLE, 9/12).