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06-20-2009, 05:03 PM
Updated: June 18, 2009, 6:39 PM ET

Leagues scrapping media days

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. -- It's an early rite of college football season. Conferences bring in coaches and top players to answer questions from reporters, meet, greet and munch on a buffet. The media take home lots of stories to write. The leagues, schools and teams enjoy loads of publicity.


But even some Football Bowl Subdivision leagues are cutting back to save money. The Sun Belt Conference, with 11 schools, announced June 10 that the annual trip to New Orleans will be replaced by a video conference with coaches and players.

"We'd been on quite a string on doing it here in New Orleans and people liked coming down," Sun Belt assistant commissioner John McElwain said. "It kind of gave people a chance to mix business with pleasure as New Orleans is certainly known for many things."

Media days help fill the thirst in late July for football stories before college teams start practicing in August.

Leagues are going high tech to replicate media days.

The Sun Belt will use video streaming, allowing reporters to watch online.


Some leagues are saving more than others.

... The Sun Belt more than $30,000.


-> http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=4270637

06-20-2009, 08:45 PM
Good riddance, in my opinion.

I always thought they were nice, but drastically over-hyped. It's good to know our conference is trying to save schools some money and isn't just throwing it's own money out.