At prolonged last, ESPN’s College GameDay is COMING TO my CITTTAAAAAY. The show, that is ostensible to be promote from college campuses—or during slightest places where college football games are held—uses a sea of ardent fans holding signs as a backdrop. But for a Sep 23 episode, a network has motionless to promote a uncover from Times Square, a initial time that it will ever be filmed in New York City.
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For a initial time ever, we’re headed to New York City subsequent week! pic.twitter.com/VVhGw9vjwZ
— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) September 14, 2017
GameDay has turn a seminal partial of college football Saturdays, and a choice of plcae unofficially signifies that diversion is many critical in a given week. But there aren’t a ton of good matchups in Week 4; a best is substantially between no. 20 TCU and no. 9 Oklahoma State, and, as the AP’s Ralph Russo notes, a show’s producers competence be saving Stillwater for a all-important Bedlam diversion between Oklahoma State and Oklahoma.
Part of GameDay’s interest is that it brings fans opposite a republic that shining feeling of walking around a college football city on a Saturday morning—if you’ve ever lived in one, you’ve felt it. Everyone is wearing a same color, all vehement by a same thing. This does not occur in New York City, no matter how many Big Ten officials try to explain that it’s a Rutgers town. As someone who has lived here for my whole life, we can quietly contend that a usually time we see people dressed in a same wardrobe walking around on a Saturday morning is when we go by South Williamsburg and mark Hasidic group on their approach to shul. Life as a college football fan here is weird: Sometimes I’ll see somebody on a transport wearing an Ohio State shawl and think, HOLY CRAP, that chairman cares about a same thing we do! and momentarily cruise using adult to speak about J.T. Barrett. That’s how carnivorous for college football sermon we am here.
ESPN’s release—which characterizes New York City as a “melting pot of college football fans”—mentions that alumni of many schools can be found New York, and lots of them accommodate adult during team-specific bars to watch games. While it’s loyal that some college football fans are here, there is some of all here. New York can never have a unaccompanied animation that GameDay seeks to capture.
And a uncover isn’t usually in New York—it’s in Times Square, a misfortune partial of New York, or, for that matter, any place on earth. Times Square is a walking nightmare, a dystopia of hundred-foot-tall flashing advertisements that building over streets inhabited by assertive animation characters. we can't highlight adequate to out-of-towners that there is no good reason because any New Yorker would ever go to Times Square. Surely, there will be people in a credentials as GameDay films subsequent Saturday; surely, many of those people will not be there for GameDay.
While there competence not be a outrageous matchup Sep 23, GameDay would have been distant improved served selecting a place where a tiny diversion was happening, as it did in 2013 and 2014 when it went to Fargo, North Dakota, to check out multiple-time FCS champion North Dakota State. The group a Bison were personification wasn’t important; paying loyalty to a ludicrously ardent NDSU fan bottom was. GameDay should have left to a game, any game. Why not go to Washington State, a propagandize whose fans transport opposite a nation week after week to arrangement a dwindle in a GameDay background, before a Cougars horde Nevada? we guarantee a atmosphere during Wazzu—or fundamentally any school—would be thrilling, even if a diversion itself is not.
Instead, GameDay will promote from a city with no applicable games. This preference expected saves ESPN transport costs (there is an ABC studio unaware Times Square), though it sets a terrible precedent. Lee Corso famously ends each partial by presaging a leader of a diversion function during a site by donning a conduct of that school’s mascot. Broadcasting from Times Square, a usually doubt is: Will Corso collect Spider-Man or Elmo?