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Beedy Chats With Beadle About ESPN, Facebook, Twitter

ESPN spent Monday in Madison to launch its Big 10 tour, and Badgers fans showed up in big numbers to cheer on the decision to start the series at the Memorial Union Terrace.

Michelle Beadle, co-host of "SportsNation", talked with us for about 10 minutes mid-morning as she and some of her producers worked to get the live show together. She talked about the changing media industry with the influx of social networking as well as her path to ESPN.

"When you start out everybody thinks (I hope to work at) ESPN," said Beadle. "But it was funny because I was working three jobs a year. I was doing NBA, working for People Magazine and I was working for people that were allowing me to overlap jobs and it was fun. I stayed busy and had enough diversity that eventually I was like "I'm not really interested in going to ESPN.""

Get A Behind-The-Scenes Look At ESPN's Stop In Madison

Anytime University of Wisconsin-Madison is first, the city and its passionate student population take notice.  On Monday, the Memorial Union Terrace was the first Big 10 campus to provide a backdrop for a newly launched ESPN effort focusing on the Big 10 conference.

It's not weird to see the terrace filled with cardinal and white, but what was unique was the addition of red and white signs from the ESPN network. The live radio broadcast of Colin Cowherd's sports talk show ran from 9 a.m. to noon and the ESPN2 show "SportsNation" will run from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Both used the same set snuggled in with beautiful Lake Mendota as a backdrop to start their Big Ten Tour.

ESPN To Make Stop At Memorial Union

A student audience will be welcome for a pair of live ESPN broadcasts on Monday at the Memorial Union Terrace.

Colin Cowherd will host his radio show live from 9 a.m. to noon and the ESPN2 show SportsNation will be live from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

ESPN2’s SportsNation features co-hosts Cowherd and Michelle Beadle.

SportsNation incorporates user-generated polls and games based on the days’ leading sports news into a fun, interactive show.  Each episode aired live on campus will feature polls and games involving the respective host university’s football program along with special guests.

Athletes Compete In Ironman Triathlon

More than 2,500 athletes are competing Sunday in the ninth annual Ironman Triathlon.

The 2.4-mile swim, 112K bike race and 26.2 mile marathon impacts roads in Madison, Fitchburg, Verona, Mount Horeb and much of western Dane County.

During much of the triathlon, Dane County sheriff's deputies, local police officers and volunteers will direct traffic at all major intersections along the course.

Authorities are asking drivers to use caution when approaching these intersections and to follow the traffic directions given by law enforcement to ensure safety for drivers, Ironman participants and spectators.

Dane County sheriff's officials said the triathlon could cause traffic delays Sunday.

For more information about the Ironman Triathlon courses, people can visit the Ironman Wisconsin website at http://www.ironmanwisconsin.com/.

UW Modifies Carry-In Policies For Badger Games

The University of Wisconsin is clarifying its carry-in policy for Badger home football games this season, which may severely restrict what people are allowed to bring in to the game.

According to the uwbadgers.com website, the only bags that will be permitted in the stadium are those that are 8.5” x 11” (or the size of a normal sheet of paper) or smaller. The type of bag is no longer an issue.

Any bag bigger than 8.5” x 11” will not be allowed in the stadium. All bags that are allowed into the stadium must be searched first.

Fans traveling eastbound on University Avenue to Camp Randall should also be aware of road construction around Midvale Avenue with lane closures. Fans traveling University Avenue are encouraged to build in extra travel time and expect delays.

Annual Ironman Triathlon Continues To Gain National Recognition

The 9th Annual Ford Ironman Wisconsin triathlon will take place on Sunday, Sept. 12 in Madison and surrounding Dane County. 

"The Greater Madison Convention and Visitor's Bureau is excited to once again host this event," said Deb Archer, President and CEO of the GMCVB. "Madison's natural affinity to athletics and the community's passion for sports makes it the perfect destination for this event."  

More than 2,000 athletes from around the world are expected to compete in the Madison event, as competitors will be vying for 72 qualifying spots to the 2010 Ford Ironman World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, as well as a $30,000 pro prize purse.

Badger Bash Tailgate Party Returns

Madison's largest Badgers football tailgating party is back at Engineering Mall for one more season before moving to the new Union South in fall 2011.

Join fellow Badgers fans two hours before home game kickoffs and enjoy performances by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Marching Band, food hot off the grill, icy cold beverages, Bucky Badger in person and much more!

Starting this year at Badger Bash we will be celebrating Bucky's birthday which is officially on Oct. 2.  Fans are encouraged to stop by Badger Bash on Sept. 25 for fun activities and prizes to honor the birthday boy.

In 2011, Badger Bash will be moving to the new Union South. Back in 2006, UW-Madison students voted to renovate Memorial Union and build a new south campus student union.

The new Memorial Union building and grounds will be the perfect permanent home for Badger Bash and officials look forward to welcoming fans back after a few seasons away.