clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

How Involved Was ESPN In ACC Expansion Into The Big East?

The news is scattered around the network today but Big East Biass first published the quote generated from a Boston Herald report entitled "Power Move By ACC". The article aims at devaluing the idea that conference realignment focused on basketball.

"[The move] had nothing to do with basketball,’’ said [Boston College Athletic Director Gene]DeFilippo. "It was football money which drove expansion. It was football money and securing our future.’

Making a statement like this should really come as no surprise, specifically to those of us who live in the South. Football is king and basketball, sometimes, is a hold over until more football, usually during March Madness. But to see it come from the mouth of a university official should still raise eyebrows. He is confirming what we have always known.

DeFilippo continues:

"We always keep our television partners close to us,’’ he said. "You don’t get extra money for basketball. It’s 85 percent football money. TV - ESPN - is the one who told us what to do. This was football; it had nothing to do with basketball.’’

I won't say that Swofford had an ESPN henchman in the board room telling the ACC who to invite for expansion and who to leave out but the ESPN comment simply shows how powerful and manipulative the machine has become and how dependent we are on it.

If you continue reading the Herald article, it continues to lay out specific tactics laid by Boston College to keep UCONN out of the ACC. That rivalry is deep.

Mothership Commentary here