Louisville TV Station works around dumb U of L Football Spring Game Restrictions

By Phil Cantor
Apr. 17, 2017

NCAA Football: Louisville Spring Game

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Okay, as a former TV Sports Producer who ran a Sports Department and Photographer--this make almost no sense what so ever--though it did spawn a pretty funny video.

It appears the University of Louisville Football program run by Paranoid Ass-Hat in Chief Bobby Petrino decided they would not let the local TV stations shoot video of their Annual Spring game.

This despite the local newspaper and ACC Digital Network apparently being allowed to (a) take plenty of photos and (b) for the ACC---to shoot plenty of video.

We don't pretend to know the dynamic or reason why the locals were unable to shoot video despite Louisville being (a) A Public School, (b) fans being allowed in to shoot photos or videos to their hearts content and (c) the presence of the ACC Digital Network who shot plenty of video like we said before.

Our suspicion is the school sold the rights and conspired with the ACC to have "Exclusive" video rights. But we could be wrong--we were not privy to the conversations/negotiations and it appears nobody in Louisville made a big stink over it.

The folks at WLKY TV decided since they couldn't shoot their own video, they'd just draw stick figures. Which to be honest is quite funny--but still doesn't address the elephant in the room.

Because of our experience, we understand the delicate dance between the TV stations and the big, popular local college football team. And while at the end of the day---the impression here is Tom Jurich and Petrino either don't like or don't think the local TV stations are important, the bulk of their coverage comes from those same outlets.

Local TV provides something the ESPN's of the world doesn't, in-depth coverage of the home team. Sure, Louisville was a Top 5 program last season, but they won't be every season. And then the Networks will not be around so much.

Because of our experience, we understand the delicate dance between the TV stations and the big, popular local college football team. And while at the end of the day---the impression here is Tom Jurich and Petrino either don't like or don't think the local TV stations are important, they apparently don't seem to care the bulk of their coverage comes from those same outlets.

If indeed the brass in Louisville is trying to quash local news coverage, then local news needs to fight back. In the case of the Cardinals--a program who constantly skates the line with NCAA in terms of breaking the rules---investigate them harder.

And don't cover the games. Don't go to "Media Days", don't go to the coach and players availability. There's nothing that says you "Have" to cover the football team. Yes, there will be a percentage of fans who will whine and complain about it but you have to draw a line in the sand.

The majority of people watching local TV News do not watch for sports. If you've ever seen a breakdown of the ratings during a show--viewership drops when Sports comes on. Which is not to say Sports don't count--they do.

You can make your mark in TV Sports by focusing on the High Schools and features in your town--there are plenty of them. You have in Louisville, Minor League Baseball and Hockey---go visit them. You have lots of people competing in a variety of events and competitions that aren't College Sports.

All you have to do is just go find them....