- Aug 30, 2011
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Apparently the order of the day on ESPN to promote the game. Saw essentially the same comments on two shows this morning. Given the ending of the series I am not sure how much of a "rivalry" one should consider it.
I was thinking the same thing. How can it be a rivalry if it isn't played regularly???Apparently the order of the day on ESPN to promote the game. Saw essentially the same comments on two shows this morning. Given the ending of the series I am not sure how much of a "rivalry" one should consider it.
Not everyone is used to being jerked around by ESPN like UConn (and other schools like No. Carolina, Duke, et al). When ESPN says "You'll play on Martin Luther King Day at 3:00 pm in Hartford", not all teams take kindly to that kind of imperiousness. In addition, I know that some coaches would rather not have OOC games during their conference seasons, which is neither good nor bad but it does limit the times ESPN can show the game.I think it would be great for women's basketball if UCONN and Baylor could find a way to continue their home and home series.
The big East has a contract with ESPN and the network gets to choose which games it wants. I think if ESPN passes, the Big East can shill the game to other networks.If Kim doesn't want to play a big non-conference game in the middle of the season [Geno does that frequently], have the game in November or December. Offer it to a variety of TV outlets...someone would buy it...no?
Don't forget: Kim also knows which recruits are coming to Uconn next year, and perhaps for years to come.I don't believe that the series has been officially terminated, only that Kim Mulkey was not optimistic about finding a way to continue it.
To me, this article (beyond promoting Sunday's game) is a transparent attempt by ESPN to lobby for the continuation of the series, which would certainly be a ratings bonanza for them. (Just as they have always tried to resuscitate UConn-Tennessee.)