ESPN Gets a Geography Lesson From Football Fans After Errant Blimp Shots

Dec 8, 2011  •  Post A Comment

ESPN got caught running old shots of Jacksonville, Fla. — and in one case, a shot of Charlotte, N.C. — by savvy fans watching this week’s “Monday Night Football” game between the San Diego Chargers and Jacksonville Jaguars, Yahoo! reports.

The observant football fans reportedly noticed that shots that appeared to depict the Jaguars’ stadium from high above — the standard live blimp shot familiar to sports fans — actually showed what the story calls “outdated representations of Jacksonville.” And one shot was the result of an even bigger mistake, showing the wrong city.

ESPN responded to the revelations through a spokesperson, who said: "The Charlotte aerial was an inadvertent mistake. It should not have aired. We apologize that it was part of the telecast.”

The tone was less apologetic when it came to the outdated Jacksonville aerials. The spokesman is quoted in the story as saying: "The scenics of Jacksonville that were used during ‘Monday Night Countdown’ were shot the night of the previous MNF game there in late October. We did not have a crew shooting scenics Monday. There were no graphic or audio mentions indicating the shot was live, though we understand viewers may have been under this assumption."

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