Texas vs. the Nation All-Star Challen...

Texas vs. the Nation All-Star Challenge: Winning matters, even ...

There are 6 comments on the El Paso Times story from Feb 5, 2010, titled Texas vs. the Nation All-Star Challenge: Winning matters, even .... In it, El Paso Times reports that:

The players and coaches for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Texas vs. The Nation All-Star Challenge have said over and over that this week is about laying the foundation for NFL careers.

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El Paso Proud

El Paso, TX

#1 Feb 6, 2010
I have yet to miss this Texas vs the Nation All Star Game and I always have a great time.

What worries me is that this Texas vs the Nation All Star Game will not survive or will end up leaving El Paso to another city. I say this because the Texas vs the Nation All Star Game does not get enough local media support. As it is El Paso is a tough city to grow things and events especially new events like this All Star Game needs lots and lots of local media support. Look at the El Paso Generals. They folded after their first season and they made it to the IFL Championship. Even the Rumble before them failed. Not even the El Paso Seminoles, formerly known as the El Paso Brawlers, are getting sufficient support from the local media.

This Texas vs the Nation All Star game needs lots of support from local media in El Paso. What I don't understand is why is NOT the local media from El Paso covering this Texas vs the Nation All Star Game in more depth and helping it out?

ELPASOTIMES.COM is doing somewhat of a decent job but they can do alot better especially with all the resources they have and with the old medium they are still practicing in the distribution of a newspaper. Sad thing about the newspaper is that not every person buys it anymore especially football buffs like myself who access the internet by laptops and cell phones.

EPGRIDIRON.COM has nothing on the Texas vs the Nation All Star Game on their website and this is a website that has all the El Paso football fanatics in one place. I have done research on this website and it has been around like 5 years almost the same amount of time as the Texas vs the Nation All Star Game. I have been visiting this website since 2007 and I have never seen anything in regards to Texas vs the Nation.

KVIA.COM is doing a terrible job at it on their website and I believe they are some kind of a sponsor with Texas vs the Nation. They have a Texas vs the Nation logo on their website and a article of the Texas vs the Nation of Alabama's 2 players but that's it. Terrible!!!

ALLSTARFOOTBALLCLASIC.COM has nothing on Texas vs the Nation on their website and Texas vs the Nation is actually sponsoring their all star high school football game. What kind of appreciation towards Texas vs the Nation is that? Where's the gratitude. They only have Texas vs the Nation as a all district sponsor. Just a few words. What a slap to the face.

KTSM.COM has nothing on it on their website.

KFOX.COM has nothing on it on their website.

KDBC.COM has nothing on it on their website.

I don't know if it's the Texas vs the Nation staff that is doing a poor job at working with local media in El Paso or if the local media in El Paso just wants nothing to do with Texas vs the Nation. Or maybe it could be that businesses in El Paso simply do not know how to work together to grow things.

Whatever the problem might be people from these businesses better work together fast if this Texas vs the Nation All Star Game is to survive and remain in El Paso. I would hate to see it fold.
Bill

Cedar Creek, TX

#2 Feb 6, 2010
You realize you are criticizing news TELEVISION stations for not having stuff on their WEBSITE, right? That's kind of dumb...and way to completely not include El Paso Inc. or What's Up Magazine, both of which have covered the game extensively.

The game has also so far proven to be very successful if you look at the attendance numbers - it's grown exponentially each year. Also compare it to the other college all-star games -- it's at the top.

Yes, the media coverage is important, but you're off-base about how well the game is currently doing...Also, look at the contract, I believe they are signed on for at least 4 or 5 more years...
El Paso Proud

El Paso, TX

#3 Feb 6, 2010
El Paso Inc. and What's Up Magazine? Real die hard football fans don't read those publications. Lots of people do read thos publications but not the kind of people that will buy tickets to a football event like this Texas vs the Nation All Star Game.

If you say that El Paso Inc. and What's Up Magazine both covered the game extensively then tell me why did the Texas vs the Nation staff find it necessary to have to give away over 10,000 Free tickets to Military to fill the stadium?

Also tell me why did the Texas vs the Nation staff find it necessary, 1 week before the game, to give away thousands upon thousands of more Free tickets to El Paso local schools through Student Vouchers with a gimmick such as Buy One Ticket valued at $16 or less and receive one ticket of equal or lesser value for FREE?

Look, all I am saying is this Texas vs the Nation needs help filling up the stands and giving away the farm is not the way to go. Free ticket giveaways is a sure sign desperation and coming failure. It will eventually catch up to them and the event will fold or leave El Paso. I do not want that to happen!!!!

Texas vs the Nation needs alot more help from local media and all of them are not doing a good job of it. El Paso Times just started covering it heavily just a few days leading up to the event when in actuality they should have done this months ago. All the other publications El Paso Inc. and What's Up are cute publications but how many football fans actually read those publications? The correct audience?

All I'm saying in a nutshell is that local media websites need to do a better job of covering this event and selling it to football and any sports fans weeks before the actual day of the event.

Websites like
EL PASOTIMES.COM
EPGRIDIRON.COM
KVIA.COM
KTSM.COM
KDBC.COM
KFOX.COM

ELPASOTIMES.COM needs to do more and especially EPGRIDIRON.COM who has all the football fans on their website. EPGRIDIRON.COM has the kind of audience that this kind of event is in need of.

Free tickets is fantastic but giving away over 20,000 Free tickets is called being desperate for people to fill the stadium and too look like a success? Sure it looks good on TV with all those Free ticket people there and with editors typing up the following day saying that the event had over 35,000 fans when the actual truth is found in the actual sale of tickets not Free tickets. Which should be more like only 15,000 people who actually paid for a ticket to the event.

Media people do a better job!
Bill

Cedar Creek, TX

#4 Feb 6, 2010
Fair enough - especially after reading about the attendance today. Doesn't look good!

Since: Dec 09

Koyang, Korea

#5 Feb 6, 2010
I don't think it's a media problem per say as much as a marketing strategy shortfall. What was the hype prior to the game?........Who were the sponsors for this event?

Commercials/Radio/Television/N et Coverage/Flyers/Sponsorship/Gi mmicks/Giveaways

There are different ways to go about getting publicity for a cause. The media's responsibility is to report the outcome.
El Paso Proud

El Paso, TX

#6 Feb 7, 2010
I told you people.

Oh sure the media's responsibility is to report the outcome but what will there be to report if there is no event? The media needs content and more content to sell advertising and if they do not help to grow an event as well as other things then they will not have content. Goes hand in hand. There will always be stuff to report by media like the weather, traffic accidents, murders, etc... but people eventually will get tired of all that negative reporting.

Anyways I don't want to get off topic here. These Texas vs the Nation folks thought that slapping a Pro Football Hall of Fame logo on top of the Texas vs the Nation logo would boost Ticket sales. NOT!

They worked hard at trying to sell it to people by saying that THE NFL WILL BE HERE WILL YOU? Everyone knew the NFL was not going to be here. Everyone knew it was going to be a cute little college football game with players who are trying to get a second or third look from NFL scouts.

I swear some people still believe in the concept of Build it and they will Come added with a spice of positive thinking and a Pro Football Hall of Fame Logo. There is more to that in getting the peoples hard earned money.

I still believe it is a media problem.

ELPASOTIMES.COM started advertising it heavily with articles just 1 week to gameday.

EPGRIDIRON.COM did not to advertise it. I still don't understand this one especially when all El Paso footballf fanatics are on this website.

KVIA.COM did not advertise much.

KTSM.COM hardly anything

KDBC.COM hardly anything

KFOX.COM hardly anything.

El Paso Inc. and What's up say they did extensive hyping of this game but yet only 26,000 showed up to the event.

Don't forget that 10,000 FREE Tickets were given to Fort Bliss Soldiers. Also don't forget that thousands upon thousands of Student Vouchers with a gimmick to Buy one Ticket valued at $16 or less and receive one Ticket of equal or lesser value for FREE!

Really 26,000 in attendance? How many actually paid for their ticket? I would say about 8,000 people actually paid for their ticket everyone else entered FREE like our Mayor.

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