What’s That Sound?
Posted by Matt on January 15, 2008
What’s that sound you hear? Oh, that’s just ESPN kissing Duke’s ass…again.
You see, Forbes just released a list of college basketball’s most valuable programs. Taking in to account marketability, sales, attendance, etcetera. The Top 5 are as follows:
- North Carolina
OK — so two of the first three are schools in the state of Kentucky and also happen to be teams involved in a heated rivalry known as “The Dream Game,” both of which are ranked higher than the Dukies with NC State limping in outside of the top ten at #13. What do you expect ESPN’s headline was?
“UNC, Duke, and NC State among Forbes’ most valuable teams”
If you ever doubted the Duke/ACC bias in ESPN’s college basketball programming, wonder no more. And if you think it is NOT a recruiting advantage, you’re wrong. There were 73 total words said about Kentucky AND Louisville, combined, though they’re #s 2 and 3 in the rankings and include the winningest college basketball program of all time. How many words were written about UNC, Duke, and the ACC?
In fact, there was more talk about Duke and their success than any other team outside of North Carolina and they were ranked below four other teams at #5. And While Kentucky and Louisville were tucked neatly at the end of the article, do you know how many times #4 Arizona was mentioned? Zero.
I’m not trying to make a mountain out of a mole hill, I just feel I speak for everyone out side of Duke and the state of North Carolina when I say we’re just tired of hearing about it all of the time.
And again, if you think I’m exaggerating, an article with the following headline was released on ESPN.com shortly before the Forbes list:
“The Duke Experience: Journey to Cameron”
♣ Linkage: ESPN.com
♣ Linkage: ESPN.com
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