In an attempt to quell any potential national media attention on its football team as the 1-year anniversary of the Sandy Hook massacre nears, Newtown is asking that coverage be limited to local media and that all questions stick to football-related topics.
On the eve of the team’s state quarterfinal game vs. Ridgefield, the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference, on behalf of the town and school, sent an email to media members requesting discretion when covering the team.
“The school is requesting that media access to the game, and any subsequent Newtown football tournament games, be limited to the family of media entities who have demonstrated their long-term commitment to Connecticut athletics,” the CIAC said in an email. “In addition, the school requests that questions directed to players and or coaches following the game be restricted to game-related topics.”
Newtown (12-0) is the top seed in the Class LL playoffs. It has already received national attention as it plays for its first state championship since 1992.
Should the team win two games, it would play for a state championship at Central Connecticut State, which is scheduled to take place on Dec. 13 and 14.
Because the 1-year anniversary of Sandy Hook is Dec. 14, the CIAC football committee has honored the town and school’s request to play the night before. “The football committee felt that was a reasonable request to honor,” said Joel Cookson, the CIAC media relations director.
Newtown has already fielded many requests for interviews throughout the season. FoxSports.com attended its Thanksgiving week game vs. Masuk and wrote a story tying the Dec. 14 tragedy to the team’s fortunes and its impact on the community. The Hartford Courant did a feature the week of Thanksgiving.