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Drew Ellis covers Oakland University basketball for The Oakland Press. His news and notes keep you up to date with Golden Grizzlies men's basketball.

Friday, November 25, 2011

ESPN won't make that mistake again

ESPN's coverage of the women's final from the Summit League Tournament last March was most noted not for the game, but the factual errors made by the network's broadcasting team. The four-letter network took the proactive step, assigning Clay Matvick and noted analyst Tim McCormick on the game. 
Regarding the mistakes of the network's previous missteps, Dan Steir, ESPNU senior coordinating producer, said the following in a statement: 
"ESPN strives for accuracy. The personnel involved with ESPNU's content pride themselves on providing the most detailed and accurate information. Unfortunately, with over 5,000 hours of live inventory, mistakes will occur. As a network we do our best to correct those errors in a timely manner and continue to learn and improve along the way."
ESPN covers college basketball all around the country at the most prestigious arenas the game has ever seen. The network is confident viewers will see a great scene. 
“We see all kinds of venues, the small, large and everything in-between," said Nick Dawson, ESPN's director of programming and acquisitions.  "A jam-packed, 3,000-seat arena is what we’re looking for. Whether it’s 3,000 or 10 to 12,000 seats, what translates well on TV is a great atmosphere and a full arena with fans that are passionate about their team and fired up for the game."
Oakland expects a standing-room only crowd Monday night for the 9 p.m. tipoff. 
Although the O'rena was built to accompany the burgeoning program's rise in cache, Oakland coach Greg Kampe has bigger plans.
“I’m hoping we grow out of it. I’m hoping we get to the day where there just aren’t enough seats," he said. 
Monday will definitely be one of those days.  

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