The Arizona State men’s basketball team played Stanford on Thursday night.
Someone should have told ESPN2 — since the game was on one of its networks.
ESPN in-studio announcers talked about the game before it started, and the crawl along the bottom of the screen said, “Arizona State at Stanford — Coming up on ESPN2.” Which was true.
Only the giant graphic behind the talking heads’ heads showed Stanford’s logo — and the University of Arizona’s.
Sun Devil fans … noticed.
“Seriously, how HARD is it to get ASU/ua correct?” One person tweeted. “At least you got the bottom right.”
Partial credit, then!
Another person tweeted, “And @espn strikes again. Seriously, this happens all the time for like the past 20 years. Is there a drinking game for every time ESPN does this? #AmateurHour.”
It wasn’t exactly the social-media meltdown you see when, say, President Donald Trump uses Twitter to claim he has every right to meddle in a Department of Justice case. It is a much smaller audience for a later-night college-basketball game.
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But it’s a loyal audience. People do pay attention to this stuff. And sticking the UA logo on an ASU story? Why not just go kick all the dogs in Tempe while you’re at it? There’s nothing more entertaining than a Sun Devil fan scorned, after all.
“Really, @espn??? @ASU vs Stanford and the UofA logo shown,” read another tweet. “Wow, how bout a little quality control.”
Couldn’t hurt, although the outrage is half the fun.
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