Daryl Johnston said when he played fullback for the Dallas Cowboys in the 1990s, he would have bristled at having cameras in the locker room or at doing in-game TV interviews.
“From a player’s standpoint, you’ve earned the right to be in the locker room, you’ve earned the right be on the sideline, to have those experiences,” he said. “You don’t want to share that with everybody.”
But Johnston now is general manager of the Alliance of American Football’s San Antonio Commanders, and he knows one reason the league has connected with fans is the access it provides during televised games.
Cameras are in locker rooms. Coaches are mic’d, and star players are interviewed while the game is going on. Last Saturday, Arizona Hotshots quarterback John Wolford talked about how he and his coach