San Diego to be featured in national sports broadcasts

Goal of events is to honor military veterans

SAN DIEGO -  

Two different sports programs with national television audiences will have the same goal this weekend -- to honor military veterans.
 
On Saturday, ESPN's College Gameday will launch its national pregame college football show from the flight deck of the USS San Diego at Naval Base San Diego. 
 
"They came to us with an idea to honor veterans, which we wanted to embrace, and thought San Diego would be the perfect place," said Rob Newell, who is coordinating the effort for the U.S. Navy with ESPN.
 
The network began loading cameras, sets, lights and stringing cables two days ago for Saturday's broadcast.
 
"I know my parents, my brother, who is a huge ESPN fan, will be watching; it's a great way to showcase our ship," said John Haywood, a sailor on the USS San Diego.
 
Just down the harbor, the flight deck of the USS Midway Museum has been transformed to host a nationally televised college basketball game between San Diego State University and Syracuse on the Fox Sports Network.
 
The game dubbed the "Battle on the Midway" was originally scheduled to be played Friday, but concerns over weather forced organizers to move the game to Sunday.
 
That's not the case for College Gameday, which will air rain or shine with a whole host of sailors in the background.
 
"I have sent out a mass text, I've tweeted and told everyone I know on Facebook to watch," said Kaitlyn Ruba, another sailor on the USS San Diego who will be holding up a sign for the University of Iowa she hopes the cameras will catch.
 
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