"ESPN Events ESPN Events, a division of ESPN Regional Television (ERT), owns and operates a large portfolio of collegiate sporting events worldwide. The roster includes two Labor Day weekend college football games; 11 college bowl games and eight college basketball events, which accounts for approximately 200 hours of programming, reaches almost 64 million viewers and attracts over a half a million attendees each year. With satellite offices in Boise, Birmingham, Dallas-Fort Worth, Albuquerque, St. Petersburg and Las Vegas, ESPN Events builds relationships with conferences, schools and local communities, as well as providing unique experiences for teams and fans." and there is more, including conference ties, that I didn't include. It is pretty clear that a school's relationship with ESPN will be a factor in their ability to maintain or build a big-time program. I had wondered how Duke became a football "power" - how has their relationship with ESPN been these last 10 - 15 years?