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May 4, 2007 at 1:11 PM

On Gameday rumors

Dave Mahler over at KJR-AM mentioned Thursday that ESPN has expressed some interest in sending the Gameday show out to Husky Stadium this season.
What I’ve been told is that on Wednesday, a production crew from ESPN came out to conduct a site survey for a potential Gameday telecast from UW.
Apparently, ESPN officials did enough work that they narrowed their choices of potential sites at UW to three: Rainier Vista on campus (campus and Mt. Rainier in the backgrounds); Red Square in central campus; and the Southeast corner inside Husky Stadium.
However, before you get too excited, they have done such site surverys before, yet never come to Seattle for the show. As far as I know, the closest they were to broadcasting from Seattle was for the 2001 opener against Michigan before deciding pretty late to go elsewhere. (Gameday did come to the 1998 Washington at Nebraska game, exposure the Huskies could have done without as the home team won 55-7).
The two obvious weekends would be for the Ohio State game Sept. 15 and the USC game Sept. 29, each games that have have already been picked up for national TV on either ESPN or ABC.
Both weekends, however, offer up a few other games that ESPN could find more enticing, but also at sites they’ve been to a few times before.
Games on Sept. 15 include Florida at Tennessee, Notre Dame at Michigan and USC at Nebraska. If UW has won a game or two, ESPN could easily decide to do something new and come to Seattle, especially now that the network has a greater motivation to spotlight the Pac-10 thanks to the new deal between the conference and the network.
The key competition on the weekend of Sept. 29 figures to come from the Florida State-Alabama game that will be played in Jacksonville. It’s a rare meeting of those two teams — they’ve played only three times before and not at all since 1974. Also on Sept. 29 is Auburn at Florida.

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