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Kind of a slow day newswise, but this is officially getting weird:
How did Vandy let a conspiracy theory erase the biggest story in modern school history?@chrislee70 explains (and tells some James Franklin stories).@scavendish @BradenGall @VandySportscom— 440 Sports (@440Sports) August 28, 2023
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It’s about 10-15% media fault. About 20-25% internet’s fault. Other 60 is on Vanderbilt. Celebrate your wins. https://t.co/9r6a8pAA4g— Braden Gall (@BradenGall) August 29, 2023
For some reason, blaming Vanderbilt for the media/internet reaction to FirstBank Stadium being under construction during the season is a popular move. And I don’t get it. Approximately everyone who’s been to the stadium in recent years has come away saying “this place is a dump that’s about 40 years out of date.” Hell, I was saying that in approximately 2007. It’s a tribute to Cold War-era concrete and a place where during a day game you can just sit there and bake and at a night game in November you can freeze your ass off in rain, because there’s literally nothing protecting the fans from the elements. It’s also mostly bleacher seating except for a handful of season-ticket holder seats.
This wasn’t going to require a facelift; this was going to require a major project. Instead of saying “wow, Vanderbilt is renovating their stadium? About time they did that,” the media and internet reaction has instead been “HOW DARE THEY HAVE SEATING REMOVED, BUT ESPECIALLY THE SEATS WHERE OPPOSING FANS SIT?”
As far as who’s at fault, it’s certainly not Vanderbilt’s fault that people on the internet are dumb. That said...
I graduated/left the vandy beat in May ‘21. since then, I have received dozens of press releases regarding construction updates/plans/progress. i’m not even covering the teams anymore and i’m still on the email chain. that’s how easy it is for media to get on the PR email chain— Simon Gibbs (@SimonGibbs26) August 29, 2023
And as we said four times, the press needs to be a better job. But the press is not a promotional entity employed by Vanderbilt. There are hundreds of ways to reach an audience, press releases is one of the worst possible ways to talk to your fans, the market.— Braden Gall (@BradenGall) August 29, 2023
It doesn’t seem to be Vanderbilt fans who are the problem here. Vanderbilt has no obligation to talk to Tennessee fans, who are the biggest complainers about this (and a group that ironically includes University of Tennessee alumnus Braden Gall.)
This is, again, incredibly stupid.
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