This is ESPN/RSN's coverage of fall Olympic sports. Due to the new TV contract, the ACC is getting far more TV exposure of its Olympic sports. That's awesome and I'm happy for it. However, by looking at the TV schedule it would appear that the university that is benefiting the most in exposure is UNC. Granted, their soccer teams are really good right now, but the added exposure would be good for the teams that aren't performing so well--that's, umm, that's kind of the purpose of getting more ACC exposure--to, uhh, to help teams recruit that aren't doing well, right...? Otherwise, what benefit is there to, say, Georgia Tech that #5 UNC is on TV all the time? But it appears as though UNC is the primary benefactor of TV coverage. (By the way, there's not a single VT volleyball game being covered on the networks...)
I understand the arguments for showing the better performing programs on TV, but you can see why someone might be cynical when they start adding up the times North Carolina's name shows up compared to, say, Clemson or Boston College. It lends credence to the complaints about UNC bias in this conference, despite the fact that football is what's bringing in the bacon. It's like Baylor pushing around Texas (UT).
Notice: there are 3 field hockey games broadcast, of which UNC is in all 3 and Stanford and ODU are in 2 of the 3. Notice that Clemson men's soccer gets 2 games and UCLA (!) gets 1 game (that's half as many as Clemson!). Notice that there are 7 UNC women's soccer games to 3 Virginia Tech.
It's nice to see that Virginia Tech and Clemson bring in the TV contract and UNC becomes the main benefactor in its Olympic sports. But far be it for us to be cynical...
ESPN's first name is E for entertainment not P for promotion. Their programing is and should be based upon anticipated audience appeal. There is no question that in the area of olympic sports UNC's name recognition will attract a bigger following than BC or Clemson or VT.
I don't always talk to UVa Grads but when I do I always order the Large Fries.
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