For producers making the call in the moment, there was no debate about how the network would cover the story and whether there might be a public display of affection. “When I got home last night and saw the attention [coverage was getting], it kind of threw me,” Seth Markman, who is in charge of ESPN’s draft coverage, told Lynn Elber, the Associated Press TV writer. “We’re a young production crew and quite honestly it was just another moment in the years we’ve done this. … In the truck, we were only saying, ‘Wow, this is great emotion here.’ No one stepped up and said, ‘Oh, wow, do we really want to be showing this?'”
The league-owned NFL Network had an agreement to show video taken by and first shown on ESPN, but there was no debate despite having a bit more time to consider.
“We had no discussion on the NFL Network side about how or how much or how little we would show, if or when Michael was selected,” Mike Muriano, NFL Network senior coordinating producer told the AP. “We were certainly not blind or deaf to the cultural significance. … We try to tap into that with all these kids.”