ESPN started a contest with good intentions, allowing fans to vote to bring “College GameDay” to their campus. But it had to stop the vote when the contest apparently was hacked by those who are computer savvy with a college football jones.
Actually, one didn’t have to be all that savvy.
Click the link below for Nebraska blog Corn Nation, which chronicles it well. According to the blog, there were over 400,000 votes for NC State and Texas A&M and just 56,771 for Nebraska to provide perspective.
The blog said that fans started to stuff the ballot box, so to speak, by providing a different e-mail address – not even a real one reportedly was required – each time they voted, running a script and … presto … Kirk Herbstreit already was making his flight plans.
However, ESPN caught wind of what was going on and had to shut down the contest – saying that it was “overwhelmed with the fan response” and needed to “ensure the integrity of the vote.”
ESPN probably should have seen this coming a mile away.