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Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Could you pass the Sugar?

Some astute observers may have noticed ESPN's Holly Rowe ungracefully pushing a beat writer out of the way so she could have the exclusive interview with Michigan coach Brady Hoke following Tuesday's night's Sugar Bowl victory. Who was that pour soul unceremoniously shoved out of the way on national TV? It was none other than Angelique Chengelis of the Detroit News jockeying for position in the aftermath of Michigan's first BCS bowl victory in 13 years.

So who's at fault? Rowe? ESPN? Chengelis? Hoke? The BCS computers?
The answer is it's ESPN's fault. If they have exclusive rights tied into their TV coverage, they should have had personnel assisting their reporter in getting Hoke's attention. Also, Rowe could've popped the mic in Hoke's face during Chengelis' questions and presumed to butt in for the next question, as TV personnel are known for arriving late on the scene with the bright lights.
Bonnie Bernstein, herself a veteran of the trenches defended Rowe's antics. 
"It’s one of ESPN’s perks, if you will, for forking out $125 million a year for the BCS and this courtesy is customarily extended to ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX or any broadcast entity that pays a rights fee to put an event on its air. In a perfect world, someone from the Michigan sports information department or a Sugar Bowl media rep (or both) is helping Holly round-up Hoke and keeping other reporters briefly at bay. But, inevitably, there are breakdowns amidst the madness ..." 
Regardless, it was an interesting game of "I know that reporter" Tuesday night. 


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