Covering the Spartans
All requests for media credentials must be placed with Jamie Weir Baldwin in the MSU Athletic Communications Office at least 48 hours in advance of the game. Priority for issuance of credentials will be given to daily newspapers and television stations which regularly cover the hockey program. All credentials for print media are issued on basis of circulation. Upon acceptance of application, appropriate credentials are held for pickup at the media will-call window at the media entrance (north entrance, facing Demonstration Hall). Credentials are non-transferrable and must be displayed at all times. A credential is issued only to an accredited agency's employee who has a legitimate working function in connection with the event. Children are not permitted in the MSU press facilities.
Coach Anastos will hold a weekly press conference throughout the season on Tuesdays at 1:45 p.m. in the lounge at Munn Ice Arena; he will also appear frequently at the weekly press conference prior to Coach Dantonio or Coach Izzo's regularly-scheduled weekly press conferences. Schedule changes are communicated through the hockey media list maintained in the Athletic Communications office; the schedule is subject to change based on coaches schedules, idle weeks in the playing schedule, or university calendar. Please contact Jamie Baldwin if you have a question on whether the press conference has been moved.
All interviews must be arranged through the Jamie Baldwin in the Athletic Communications Office, and player requests must be made 24 hours in advance of the interview. Baldwin can be reached via email (email@example.com); office phone (517.355.2271) or cell phone (517.243.3187). Please note that contact information for student-athletes WILL NOT be made available to reporters, per Department of Athletics policy. MSU players are available for interviews immediately before practice on Tuesday (following Coach Anastos' press conference) and following practice on Wednesdays (approx. 5 p.m.) Interviews - whether in person or via telephone - must be set up at least 24 hours in advance. In addition to press conferences, head coach Tom Anastos is available following practice on Wednesdays. He is also available for telephone interviews during the week on non-game days. Hockey practice is open, but arrangements must be made in advance if you are planning to shoot B-roll or would like to conduct interviews. All B-roll must be shot from the visiting bench (walkway) or the stands.
Coach Anastos and requested MSU players will be available at a post-game media press conference following a postgame 10-minute cooling-off period. The press conference will be held in the club-level seating area, adjacent to the pressbox. With the exception of live television broadcasts, players are not available until the conclusion of the cooling-off period. Media members can access the club-level seating through the pressbox. Admittance to the club area is not available until the game has concluded. Interviews with the visiting coach and players should be arranged through the visiting SID. The visiting locker room is below the south stands and can be accessed through the visiting player tunnel. Michigan State will observe a closed locker room policy both at home and on the road. See Director of Communications Jamie Baldwin or a representative of her staff to make postgame requests for player interviews.
Michigan State's working press facilities are located on the south side of Munn Ice Arena. The press box is located in a raised area above the south concourse, running from blue line to goal line. Working press, radio and television personnel are assigned space in the working area; scouts and players are not permitted in the press box at any time as per MSU, CCHA and NCAA rules. The MSU press box is a working press box and under NCAA rules any cheering is strictly prohibited. Credentials must be displayed at all times; abuse of working media credentials will be grounds for removal from the press box, and could result in the rejection of future credential requests.
A maximum of three spaces are provided for each broadcast. Opponent radio stations wishing to broadcast from Munn Arena must make arrangements through both the visiting team's SID and Jamie Baldwin no less than one week prior to the game. Space is available for one station per school to broadcast each game. Radio station banners are not permitted to hang from the front of the press box.
Special arrangements must be made through the Athletic Communications and broadcast services departments for television broadcasts. Television station banners are not permitted to hang from the front of the press box. Television stations shooting highlights will be allotted space on the TV/photo deck.
All photographers are required to check in at the press box to discuss position assignments no later one hour prior to the game. and armbands MUST be worn while shooting from the positions. Arrangements may also be made with Jamie Baldwin during the week prior to the game to shoot from the penalty box area at ice level for a maximum of one period.
All professional scouts are welcome at Michigan State home games and may gain entrance to the building on gamenights by showing their NHL-issued identification card at the east entrance of Munn Ice Arena, facing Spartan Stadium (Chestnut Road entrance). If necessary, a scout may obtain a game ticket for an upcoming contest through the MSU Hockey office (355-1639). In accordance with NCAA Rules, scouts are not allowed access to the pressbox; line charts and game materials are available in the Scout Lounge (Suite 14), accessible from the suite-area seating entrance on the north concourse. Scouts will be asked to produce their NHL ID both upon entry into Munn Ice Arena as well as into the suite area.
Complete game summaries (shot charts, game summary, etc.) will be distributed at the conclusion of each game. Wireless internet access is available for accredited media; a live feed of statistics is available by pointing your web browser to www.livestats.ath.msu.edu/hockey. Any outlet (print or broadcast) requiring exclusive phone service should have their own lines installed at least one week prior to the game at the outlet's expense. Soft drinks and snacks will be available. Restrooms are located in the back of the press box.
Updated releases, statistics, game notes, player features and interviews are available on the official web site of MSU Athletics. The weekly release also is available via email. Please contact Jamie Baldwin (firstname.lastname@example.org) to be included on the weekly distribution list.
Take Exit 8 (Kalamazoo Street) off of I-496 (East or West). Head east on Kalamazoo Street onto the MSU campus past Harrison Road and the Breslin Center to Jenison Field House, which is just past the Breslin Center on the left. Munn Ice Arena is just south of the Jenison parking lot. Media parking passes are available for $3.50 per game and $65 for the 2011-12 season (19 possible home games). Media parking is in T lot, with an entrance off of Shaw Lane (south end of Spartan Stadium).
Listeners can tune in to every Spartan game, home and away, on WJIM-AM 1240 with play-by-play man Scott Moore calling the action. Joining Moore as color commentator for his sixth season is former Spartan forward Rob Woodward. Moore, in his 10th season as the MSU hockey radio voice, has been broadcasting sports in the mid-Michigan area for 20 years.
Each radio broadcast is also available on the world wide web at www.msuspartans.com on All-Access. Most of Michigan State hockey's home games are viewable via your home computer. A live video stream of the action at Munn Ice Arena will be paired with the audio call from WJIM, and is available via All-Access at msuspartans.com. Please note that Spartan games televised on FSN Detroit or the Big Ten Network will NOT be available via webstream.
The Spartan Sports Network produces and distributes the Tom Anastos weekly radio program Tuesdays from noon-1 p.m. ET. Originating from Reno's East at 1310 Abbot Road in East Lansing. MSU play-by-play announcer Scott Moore and head coach Tom Anastos will discuss the Spartans, and college hockey in general. In addition there is frequently an interview with that week's opposing coach, and special guests. The Tom Anastos Radio Show can be heard locally on flagship station WVFN radio (AM 730).
Several Michigan State hockey games will appear on television again this year. MSU will be featured several times on Fox Sports Detroit as part of the CCHA Game of the Week package. In addition to the CCHA's package with FSN Detroit, MSU will make appearances on CBS College Sports, the Big Ten Network, and Comcast Cable. Up-to-date listings for television coverage can be found on MSU's official website, www.msuspartans.com.
Michigan State hockey maintains a twitter feed which will alert you to links and news pertaining to Michigan State hockey, both current players in the program as well as alumni. Follow Spartan Hockey at @MSU_Hockey for links to media coverage of current and former players, upcoming events, and in-game updates. In addition, follow @Tom Anastos and @CoachNewtonMSU (Asst. Coach Tom Newton) for more Spartan hockey coverage. In addition, fans can follow all the action of all Michigan State sports teams on facebook (http://www.facebook.com/MSUathletics). The Spartans had more than 210,000 "fans" on facebook prior to the start of the 2011-12 hockey season.
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