ESPN to use MU buildings and students for 'GameDay'

Friday, October 22, 2010 | 11:00 a.m. CDT; updated 6:10 p.m. CDT, Friday, October 22, 2010

COLUMBIA — ESPN just got a few more teammates.

The sports network will use MU’s Reynolds Journalism Institute to set up its equipment for Saturday’s "GameDay" broadcast.

ESPN will not have to pay the university to use its facilities and is only responsible for any charges directly related to the broadcast, nor will they be borrowing any of the institute's equipment.

“(The Reynolds Journalism Institute) was built, in part, to provide visiting journalists with state-of-the-art technology and resources,” said Jeffrey Beeson, the journalism institute's special events coordinator. 

The "GameDay" show’s staff of about 70 started arriving Thursday morning and plans to leave Saturday afternoon.

The journalism institute was chosen for its proximity to the "GameDay" broadcast on Francis Quadrangle, plethora of windows overlooking the quad and polished look and new amenities, said Brian Steffens, director of communications for the institute.

The ESPN crew will occupy three seminar rooms, but students will be allowed to use the building in its normal capacity and at regular times this weekend.

In addition to using facilities, ESPN has also recruited some students to staff and cover this weekend’s events.

Chloe Dake, an MU sophomore, and three other students have been hired to help set up cables and watch reels for the skycam for Saturday’s game. Dake was hired by Kwokman productions. They will all be paid for their Saturday work, but the pay scale was not disclosed.

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