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The CAA is Persona Non Grata at ESPN’s Bracket Busters Because the League Signed a TV Deal with NBC Sports
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TMC
2012-04-09 21:46:03 UTC
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College Basketball, ESPN Jason McIntyre April 6th. 2012, 2:06pmBracket
Busters is a pretty rad February event in college basketball wherein
ESPN tries to get 6-12 upper echelon mid-majors teams to play one
another with an eye on March Madness. In recent years, the field has
expanded dramatically from tourney contenders to teams with no shot of
dancing. Bracket Busters is great prep for March, and it can also help
mid-majors boost their Strength of Schedule and RPI. It could even
help vault a team from the bubble into the field of 68.

But now that the CAA has inked a deal to have its games televised by
the NBC Sports Network … ESPN won’t be inviting them to the Bracket
Busters party. That stinks for ESPN, considering Drexel, VCU and
George Mason have, in recent years, been key teams in the event. But
it is bad news for the CAA, too:

“We are disappointed but we understand the business,’’ Yeager said. He
said that the benefits of signing with NBC outweighed the risks of
losing a spot in BracketBusters.

In college basketball, it’s becoming increasingly difficult for mid-
majors to get high majors to play them in a home-and-home situation.
Who is playing Butler or VCU or Creighton on the road? Nobody. In a
neutral preseason tourney, sure, but a key win in November/December
doesn’t carry the weight as a nice win in February.

Long-term, the move to NBC is a good one. The added exposure will
obviously help with recruiting. In the short term, finding quality non-
conference wins in February may be hard to come by.

http://hamptonroads.com/2012/04/espns-bracketfluster-wont-have-caa-ramifications

The Virginian-Pilot
© April 7, 2012
Hardball: It's petty of ESPN to exclude the Colonial Athletic
Association from BracketBusters weekend because the conference struck
a deal with the NBC Sports Group, but I can't believe it will have
serious consequences for CAA basketball. BracketBusters won't be as
interesting without ODU, Virginia Commonwealth and George Mason, but
its impact and viewer appeal always were overrated. As hard as ESPN
hypes the thing, the supposed showcase for mid-majors is a gimmick
that's run out of steam.
The Undead Edward M. Kennedy
2012-04-10 20:47:20 UTC
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http://thebiglead.com/index.php/2012/04/06/the-caa-is-persona-non-grata-at-espns-bracket-busters-because-the-league-signed-a-tv-deal-with-nbc-sports/

College Basketball, ESPN Jason McIntyre April 6th. 2012, 2:06pmBracket
Busters is a pretty rad February event in college basketball wherein
ESPN tries to get 6-12 upper echelon mid-majors teams to play one
another with an eye on March Madness. In recent years, the field has
expanded dramatically from tourney contenders to teams with no shot of
dancing. Bracket Busters is great prep for March, and it can also help
mid-majors boost their Strength of Schedule and RPI. It could even
help vault a team from the bubble into the field of 68.

But now that the CAA has inked a deal to have its games televised by
the NBC Sports Network … ESPN won’t be inviting them to the Bracket
Busters party. That stinks for ESPN, considering Drexel, VCU and
George Mason have, in recent years, been key teams in the event. But
it is bad news for the CAA, too:

“We are disappointed but we understand the business,’’ Yeager said. He
said that the benefits of signing with NBC outweighed the risks of
losing a spot in BracketBusters.

In college basketball, it’s becoming increasingly difficult for mid-
majors to get high majors to play them in a home-and-home situation.
Who is playing Butler or VCU or Creighton on the road? Nobody. In a
neutral preseason tourney, sure, but a key win in November/December
doesn’t carry the weight as a nice win in February.

Long-term, the move to NBC is a good one. The added exposure will
obviously help with recruiting. In the short term, finding quality non-
conference wins in February may be hard to come by.

http://hamptonroads.com/2012/04/espns-bracketfluster-wont-have-caa-ramifications

The Virginian-Pilot
© April 7, 2012
Hardball: It's petty of ESPN to exclude the Colonial Athletic
Association from BracketBusters weekend because the conference struck
a deal with the NBC Sports Group, but I can't believe it will have
serious consequences for CAA basketball. BracketBusters won't be as
interesting without ODU, Virginia Commonwealth and George Mason, but
its impact and viewer appeal always were overrated. As hard as ESPN
hypes the thing, the supposed showcase for mid-majors is a gimmick
that's run out of steam.

-----

Actually, for die-hard fans bracket busters is an excellent way to see who
might be the next Cinderella in March. The mid-majors are on TV rarely
enough that seeing them play each other is a treat.

And it looks like NBC Sports finally has a foothold on relevance. Good
for them.

--Tedward
J.C. Watts Enslin
2012-04-10 20:52:33 UTC
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Well of course. Why should anyone be surprised by ESPN's move? The
CAA signed with a competitor...

And listen to this homer of a columnist:

"It's petty of ESPN to exclude the Colonial Athletic Association from
BracketBusters weekend because the conference struck a deal with the
NBC Sports Group, but I can't believe it will have serious
consequences for CAA basketball. BracketBusters won't be as
interesting without ODU, Virginia Commonwealth and George Mason, but
its impact and viewer appeal always were overrated. As hard as ESPN
hypes the thing, the supposed showcase for mid-majors is a gimmick
that's run out of steam."
The Undead Edward M. Kennedy
2012-04-10 21:01:13 UTC
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Post by J.C. Watts Enslin
Well of course. Why should anyone be surprised by ESPN's move? The
CAA signed with a competitor...
Lots of leagues have had their own contracts with other networks and still
had ESPN games. They also had more clout than the CAA. Blocking them
out of bracket busters is just spiteful. If ESPN covers any holiday tournaments,
they won't beable to block them out of that.

--Tedward
Antonio Veranos
2012-04-10 21:04:14 UTC
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[The Undead Edward M. Kennedy, ***@o.com]
[Tue, 10 Apr 2012 17:01:13 -0400]

: > Well of course. Why should anyone be surprised by ESPN's move? The
: > CAA signed with a competitor...
:
: Lots of leagues have had their own contracts with other networks and still
: had ESPN games. They also had more clout than the CAA. Blocking them
: out of bracket busters is just spiteful. If ESPN covers any holiday tournaments,
: they won't beable to block them out of that.

The Uber Pragmatist role that some try to play from time to time (not
just on RSFC) as if they're delivering Wisdom From Sinai in the form of
'Duh! Of course!' replies is often quite annoying.

Yes, in a purely cynical world, ESPN's move is unsurprising.

The fact that is unsurprising is what is the damned shame of it.

...and SHOULD be.
J.C. Watts Enslin
2012-04-10 21:07:50 UTC
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Post by Antonio Veranos
[Tue, 10 Apr 2012 17:01:13 -0400]
: > Well of course.  Why should anyone be surprised by ESPN's move?  The
: > CAA signed with a competitor...
: Lots of leagues have had their own contracts with other networks and still
: had ESPN games.  They also had more clout than the CAA.  Blocking them
: out of bracket busters is just spiteful.  If ESPN covers any holiday tournaments,
: they won't beable to block them out of that.
The Uber Pragmatist role that some try to play from time to time (not
just on RSFC) as if they're delivering Wisdom From Sinai in the form of
'Duh!  Of course!' replies is often quite annoying.
Are you trying to be ironic here?
Post by Antonio Veranos
Yes, in a purely cynical world, ESPN's move is unsurprising.
The fact that is unsurprising is what is the damned shame of it.
...and SHOULD be.
Do you think that Wendy's should hang up a poster for the Big Mac in
its stores too?

Jon
Antonio Veranos
2012-04-10 21:35:09 UTC
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[J.C. Watts Enslin, ***@charter.net]
[Tue, 10 Apr 2012 14:07:50 -0700 (PDT)]

: > Yes, in a purely cynical world, ESPN's move is unsurprising.
: >
: > The fact that is unsurprising is what is the damned shame of it.
: >
: > ...and SHOULD be.
:
: Do you think that Wendy's should hang up a poster for the Big Mac in
: its stores too?

Do you seriously need ESPN's function and supposed role spelled out for
you? C'mon, Enslin...
Huck Kennedy
2012-04-10 21:39:21 UTC
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Post by Antonio Veranos
[Tue, 10 Apr 2012 14:07:50 -0700 (PDT)]
: > Yes, in a purely cynical world, ESPN's move is unsurprising.
: >
: > The fact that is unsurprising is what is the damned shame of it.
: >
: > ...and SHOULD be.
: Do you think that Wendy's should hang up a poster for the Big Mac in
: its stores too?
Do you seriously need ESPN's function and supposed role spelled out for
you?  C'mon, Enslin...
IAWTP (Bryan).

Huck
J.C. Watts Enslin
2012-04-11 13:33:49 UTC
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Post by Antonio Veranos
[Tue, 10 Apr 2012 14:07:50 -0700 (PDT)]
: > Yes, in a purely cynical world, ESPN's move is unsurprising.
: >
: > The fact that is unsurprising is what is the damned shame of it.
: >
: > ...and SHOULD be.
: Do you think that Wendy's should hang up a poster for the Big Mac in
: its stores too?
Do you seriously need ESPN's function and supposed role spelled out for
you?  C'mon, Enslin...
Yes I do. I would like to enlightened on ESPN's "function and
supposed role."

I await your response.
Antonio Veranos
2012-04-11 20:16:27 UTC
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[J.C. Watts Enslin, ***@charter.net]
[Wed, 11 Apr 2012 06:33:49 -0700 (PDT)]

: > : > Yes, in a purely cynical world, ESPN's move is unsurprising.
: > : >
: > : > The fact that is unsurprising is what is the damned shame of it.
: > : >
: > : > ...and SHOULD be.
: > :
: > : Do you think that Wendy's should hang up a poster for the Big Mac in
: > : its stores too?
: >
: > Do you seriously need ESPN's function and supposed role spelled out for
: > you?  C'mon, Enslin...
:
: Yes I do. I would like to enlightened on ESPN's "function and
: supposed role."
:
: I await your response.

Having considered your snark, I've decided not to bother, actually.

You know good and well the difference between this petty situation and
competing burger chains... you're simply too smart not to know it, and
I'm not really interested in playing any games with you or anyone else.
J.C. Watts Enslin
2012-04-11 20:28:01 UTC
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Post by Antonio Veranos
[Wed, 11 Apr 2012 06:33:49 -0700 (PDT)]
: > : > Yes, in a purely cynical world, ESPN's move is unsurprising.
: > : >
: > : > The fact that is unsurprising is what is the damned shame of it.
: > : >
: > : > ...and SHOULD be.
: > : Do you think that Wendy's should hang up a poster for the Big Mac in
: > : its stores too?
: >
: > Do you seriously need ESPN's function and supposed role spelled out for
: > you?  C'mon, Enslin...
: Yes I do.  I would like to enlightened on ESPN's "function and
: supposed role."
: I await your response.
Having considered your snark, I've decided not to bother, actually.
Of course you didn't. I'm shocked!

Jon
Antonio Veranos
2012-04-11 20:33:16 UTC
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[J.C. Watts Enslin, ***@charter.net]
[Wed, 11 Apr 2012 13:28:01 -0700 (PDT)]

: > : > : > Yes, in a purely cynical world, ESPN's move is unsurprising.
: > : > : >
: > : > : > The fact that is unsurprising is what is the damned shame of it.
: > : > : >
: > : > : > ...and SHOULD be.
: > : > :
: > : > : Do you think that Wendy's should hang up a poster for the Big Mac in
: > : > : its stores too?
: > : >
: > : > Do you seriously need ESPN's function and supposed role spelled out for
: > : > you?  C'mon, Enslin...
: > :
: > : Yes I do.  I would like to enlightened on ESPN's "function and
: > : supposed role."
: > :
: > : I await your response.
: >
: > Having considered your snark, I've decided not to bother, actually.
:
:
: Of course you didn't. I'm shocked!

I'm not shocked by...

1. the snip job above to misrepresent my response
2. the fact that you ignored the other post agreeing with my comment

In any case, at least my watch is set now. Thanks!
mollusk
2012-04-13 22:44:13 UTC
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$'s driving what happens is not a big surprise.

It is making me a lot less interested in college BB, however.

And I am a guy that has 5 Level 1 seats 4 rows off the floor and also
pays the outrageous mandatory booster fees for those seats. I'm part
of the problem right there!

On the other hand I happened to be out of town for the UF-Kentucky
game this year in Gainesville and I got to recoup a large fraction of
the total outlay selling the tickets on Stubhub.

I did take a shower afterwards. It made me feel dirty.

mollusk
The Undead Edward M. Kennedy
2012-04-16 14:12:58 UTC
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Post by mollusk
$'s driving what happens is not a big surprise.
It is making me a lot less interested in college BB, however.
And I am a guy that has 5 Level 1 seats 4 rows off the floor and also
pays the outrageous mandatory booster fees for those seats. I'm part
of the problem right there!
On the other hand I happened to be out of town for the UF-Kentucky
game this year in Gainesville and I got to recoup a large fraction of
the total outlay selling the tickets on Stubhub.
I did take a shower afterwards. It made me feel dirty.
mollusk
You're a filter feeder. You'll always feel dirty.

--Tedward

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