UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN

August 20th, 2019 | by CollegeAD
UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
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Dave Brandon was credited with helping secure finances to upgrade and improve the athletic facilities at Michigan. He also helped usher in the night-game era for football while Michigan’s athletic director from 2010 to October 2014, a tenure that was marred by public criticism for his business-like approach to running the department. Among the business decisions he made, he revealed this week on Jim Harbaugh’s “Attack Each Day” podcast, was securing permanent lighting for Michigan Stadium. “I actually got ESPN to pay for it. It didn’t cost us a dime. All we had to do was promise to play a night game once a year,” admitted Brandon. ESPN did pay the cost of installing permanent lighting at the 107, 601-seat Michigan Stadium. Under the Big Ten’s previous TV agreement, league schools agreed to play a maximum of three night home games every two seasons; that has since increased to a maximum of two night home games per season. Details of the deal with ESPN for the lights have never been disclosed. At the time of the lights were installed, university officials cited the project cost as $1.8 million, with “funding provided from athletic department resources.” – Aaron McMann, MLive, Read More

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