Leagues scrapping football media days to cut costs

Associated Press - June 18, 2009 7:15 PM ET

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (AP) - An early rite of college football season is falling under the budget ax.

Media Day, when conferences bring together coaches and top players to talk with reporters, is an expense some leagues are dropping to save money.

Kyle Schwartz is assistant commissioner at the Ohio Valley Conference. He says the league's job is distributing revenue back to schools and any money saved can go back to them.

The OVC is not alone in scrapping its annual media days.

The Big Sky Conference has cut media days as has the Southern Conference, home to Chattanooga.

The Sun Belt Conference, home to Middle Tennessee, is replacing the traditional meet & greet with a video teleconference. So is Conference USA, home conference to Memphis.

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