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Thursday, October 20, 2005

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"With so much national attention that this game received, such a childish stunt merely confirmed to the outside world that N.C. State is a redneck school."

Production Company Apologizes To NCSU Over Jumbotron Image

POSTED: 8:18 am EDT October 20, 2005
UPDATED: 8:18 am EDT October 20, 2005

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The company that produces images and content for North Carolina State home games has apologized to the university for an offensive image that appeared on the Jumbotron during last week's game against Clemson.

CanesVision, which is owned by the NHL's Carolina Hurricanes and also produces content for the hockey team, has reprimanded employees involved in the incident, a team official said Wednesday through spokesman Kyle Hanlin. It was unclear how many employees were reprimanded, though none was fired.
The incident occurred during the Wolfpack's 31-10 loss to Clemson last Thursday. After several fans were featured on the video screen with titles such as "Kissing Cam" and "Fan Cam," an image appeared with the title "Mexi-Cam," according to an editorial Monday in N.C. State's student newspaper, The Technician.

The person featured on the video screen was a CanesVision employee, and company director Pete Soto has sent a letter of apology to the university, Hanlin said.

"Obviously this was an unfortunate mistake that was in extremely poor taste," Matt West, vice president of business operations for the Hurricanes, said through Hanlin. "It is in no way representative of CanesVision's work."

Annabelle Vaughan, a spokeswoman for N.C. State, referred questions about the incident to athletics director Lee Fowler. Fowler did not return a call for comment Wednesday evening.

CanesVision operates in the RBC Center, home to the Hurricanes and N.C. State's men's basketball team. The company _ which also produces commercials and other sports-related content _ works with the university to produce images and video for the large scoreboard at one end of Carter-Finley Stadium, located across the street from the RBC Center.

The incident comes during a frustrating season for the Wolfpack (2-3), which has lost six straight Atlantic Coast Conference home games under sixth-year coach Chuck Amato. With fans growing increasingly impatient with the program's inconsistency of the past two seasons, Fowler recently posted an open letter asking for fan support after they booed an image of Amato on the Jumbotron that night.

The Technician, in its editorial, said the program had already embarrassed itself on the field by not living up to its goals before the incident.

"In addition to the embarrassment, someone had the audacity, prejudice and disgrace to think the 'Mexi-Cam' might bring a bit of humor to the otherwise dismal game," the editorial read.

"With so much national attention that this game received, such a childish stunt merely confirmed to the outside world that N.C. State is a redneck school."


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