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Espinization of college sports

Discussion in 'Colorado Football Message Board' started by DBT, Jul 29, 2011.

  1. DBT

    DBT Club Member Club Member

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    How much of an effect does ESPN have on college recruiting by the way they pimp the big schools? Or, at least, the popular schools? They had Landry Jones and one of his wide receivers in studio today. Not a remote. They were in studio. Thats fine. But does it give OU and the other schools ESPN pimps a sort of recruiting advantage?

    For instance, in politics they have the "equal time" rule. If a network interviews a candidate, they have to give the other candidate equal time. There is a reason for that. Of course, in college athletics, that is impossible and there are no rules. I can only hope CU gets back to that level. But the NCAA big time programs have certainly learned how to market themselves and get themselves on the big stage. It was a totally different world in the '80s and '90s during our heyday.
     
  2. MtnBuff

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    Interesting question. On one hand you have certain schools who get a lot more attention on ESPN than others. On the other hand before ESPN only a few national programs got any kind of TV coverage on a regular basis. ABC would have a Big 8 game and a Big 10 and or PAC 8 game. CBS would have an SEC game normally with Alabama, Florida, or Georgia one of the teams. NBC would have an east coast game with almost all games focused on a few teams. The entire country got the Notre Dame-USC game, the Ohio State-Michigan game, Army-Navy, Texas-Oklahoma every year. The majority of schools were lucky to get anything other than a local broadcast more than once a year other than a bowl game.


    I don't think the coverage is any more imbalanced than it ever has been there is just so much more of it.
     
  3. DBT

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    Good point. I'm just jealous.

    I guess, due to ESPN, college and even high school players have become celebs. Not only that, they cow tow to ESPN to advance their stardom. As an example, take the Army High School All Star Game. Those kids can't wait to go on television to announce where they are taking their talents. It just kind of turns my stomach for some reason.
     
  4. buff4bcs1985

    buff4bcs1985 Hail to the King

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    you could use metamucil
     
  5. DBT

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    I've been trying to eat my fiber.
     
  6. Mick Ronson

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    what ESPN does is called "agenda setting" in media studies. they don't tell what people think....but they do tell what people "think about". and there's a political economy the way the overkill the conferences they televise (SEC; but, can't argue with the BCS success of the SEC really...). and they've always pandered to high-population density areas since their REAL job is not to cover sports accurately with the fans in mind but to sell audiences to advertisers for revenue per minute commercial space.
     
  7. buffedup

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    It is a chicken and egg scenario to me. If Colorado wins more games, they will generate more excitement meaning they will get more media buzz. Of course more media buzz can generate more interest in the program, possibly helping recruiting.
     
  8. DBT

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    Now that is interesting. I'd not thought of it that way, but that is very true. They are more into generating revenue than objectively reporting sports.
     
  9. Unleash Hell

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    I think ESPN has given us a lot of love the past year for how bad we've been
     
  10. DBT

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    Do tell.
     
  11. buffsyko

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    ESPN sucks. So glad they switched to fox sports out here on radio. Nothing but PAC 12 talk and much more cu love.
     
  12. Unleash Hell

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    -Outside the lines story on Sal aired multiple times on different ESPN shows.

    -CU is all they talked about the day we announced we were joining the Pac-10

    -CU love from many different people on there saying how CU has a bright future.

    -CU Being talked about a lot on Pac-12 day

    -CU being talked about a lot the other day when the south coaches were there

    -Ralphie in the contest on SN

    -Several good writeups lately including Dick Vitales writing of his CU visit and his high words for CU.

    -Dick Vitale arguing for CU's case when we were snubbed from the NCAA tourney.
     
  13. Mick Ronson

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    not to disagree overall (we have been starved for good pub), but if it were up to Dickie V....there would be 80 teams in the NCAA and no coach would ever get fired.
     

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