Sports media notebook: ABC cameraman ejected from Bedlam game

BY MEL BRACHT, Staff Writer, mbracht@opubco.com Modified: November 30, 2010 at 5:38 pm •  Published: November 30, 2010
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ABC/ESPN officials have discussed an altercation Saturday night at the Bedlam football game — in which an Oklahoma State University security officer ejected an ABC cameraman — with the Big 12 and OSU. The security officer escorted the cameraman out of the game in the first half after a dispute over the cameraman's positioning on the sidelines.

“There was a minor incident on the sidelines Saturday in the midst of the live telecast,” ABC/ESPN spokesman Michael Humes said. “We've since spoken to the school and conference and all parties have agreed to work together to avoid any future unfortunate occurrences.”

OSU athletic spokesman Kevin Klintworth said the school reported the incident to the Big 12, but he declined further comment.

Neither OSU nor the network would release the names of the cameraman or security officer.

Sarah Phipps, an Oklahoman photographer who witnessed the incident, said the security officer confronted the cameraman about crossing over the dotted media boundary line on the OSU side in the southeast corner of the field. The two argued and the security officer escorted the cameraman from the game, she said.

Another ABC employee took over the hand-held camera — one of three used by the network in the game — and finished out the telecast.

THREE STATE FINALS TO BE TELEVISED

Fox Sports Oklahoma (Cox 37) is televising three OSSAA state championship football telecasts this weekend from Stillwater.

The Class 6A game (Jenks vs. Tulsa Union) will air on Fox Sports Plus (Cox 267) at 7:30 p.m. Friday because FSOK is carrying the Thunder at Toronto Raptors game that night.

On Saturday, FSOK will broadcast the Class 5A game (Tulsa Washington vs. Tulsa East Central) at 1 p.m., and the Class 4A game (Douglass vs. Wagoner) at 7:30 p.m.