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SBD Global/June 19, 2012/Media

Italian Press Center Offers Food, Music, Dancing, Has Everything But A 'Disco Ball'

Monday afternoon’s edition of ESPN2’s “UEFA Euro 2012” featured a tour of the Italian media area at the Euro Cup tournament. ESPN’s Bob Ley said at the tournament, “There are press centers, a place to go to get a cup of coffee, maybe a sandwich, plug in your computer, watch the games, fairly basic. Fairly basic, unless you get to the Italian press center.” ESPN’s Alicia Ferguson said the press center, the “Casa Azzuri,” has “absolutely everything.” Ferguson: “How many places do you know – media centers – that have their own restaurant?” The floor of the “sponsors’ room” is cleared after games and “there’s traditional Italian music” and “authentic Polish music” as the “place turns into a night club basically.” There are TVs, video games, table soccer, two bars, two press conference rooms and a “sizable media work area” for the Italian media. Ley said back in their studio, “We don’t have a disco ball yet overhead” (“UEFA Euro 2012,” ESPN2, 6/18).
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