The NFL had big plans for a mobile TV set they called the MediaCruiser — but it went up in flames less than a month after they got it and now they are suing the company that made it for over $4 million.
According to court documents obtained by The Blast, the NFL contracted a company called XDS to design, manufacture and deliver to them a mobile unit consisting of a new 2018 Ford truck and an Airstream 32-foot trailer, which would collectively be known as the MediaCruiser.
According to the NFL, they planned to use it “as a portable set in connection with the production of television segments for the NFL Network.”
In September 2017, Dave Shaw, VP of production for NFL Media at the time, told Sports Video Group News, “We originally built it to be a portable set that we can move around and take to different locations, focusing on Super Bowl and Draft … But then we realized that it’s a perfect solution for our Thursday-night pregame show as well. That will allow us to consistently have [pregame shows] at the remote to better [serve] the fans.”
The NFL says the MediaCruiser was delivered to them, on or about September 8, 2017. But on October 7, 2017, the NFL claims “while being driven by an agent of XDS, the MediaCruiser caught fire while traveling on Highway 17 in Leland, North Carolina.”
The local fire department was dispatched to the scene but the trailer was engulfed in flames. The NFL claims it was towed away and they have not had use of the MediaCruiser since.
The NFL is suing for breach of contract and claims they are owed $4,110,642.79, plus interest, attorneys’ fees and expenses.
They also claim XDS has never turned over the proper title to the vehicle, so the NFL has been unable to collect any insurance.
The Blast reached out to XDS for comment — so far, no word back.