When Shane Ryan had trouble getting credentialed for the March 3 Duke-U.N.C. Chapel Hill basketball game, he asked Sarah Larimer, his editor at Grantland, to email on his behalf. "Sometimes it can be helpful for someone with an ESPN address" to make such a request says Ryan, who regularly freelances for the publication but is still making do with Gmail.
Larimer emailed Matt Plizga, an associate sports information director at Duke on Feb. 22. "Hi, Matt," she wrote, "I need to request creds for the upcoming Duke-UNC game for Shane Ryan. Shane is a writer for Grantland, an ESPN sports and culture site
. Can you help me with this one?"
"I have already received a credential request from Shane Ryan and informed him that due to space limitations we will be unable to accommodate his request," Plizga replied the same day. "Thank you for the interest but I am unable to credential cultural sites and bloggers for this game."