- Jun 9, 2017
You’re giving way to much credit to Mike Aresco (not mad)Assuming both Aresco and ESPN have telephones or other way since to communicate i would find it hard to believe ESPN would sit by while Aresco has been so adament about UConn not being allowed to play just football in the AAC.
You have to believe ESPN and Aresco have had this conversation.
If it turns out UConn football stays in the AAC it will be incredible embarrassing for Aresco.
You’re giving way to much credit to Mike Aresco (not mad)
Think you're overrating how much ESPN cares about UConn football fans.Stay with me; it's not a dumb as it sounds at first blush.
- This last media deal for the American was built to get ESPN + subscribers.
- Keeping UConn in the American means that UConn football fans will still need to sign up to see games.
- Since the bulk of media contract is based upon football, ESPN could reduce the contract less if UConn stays put.
- Down the road there would less resistance for UConn fans toward + because fans would have already have been using it.
- Finally it earns ESPN some goodwill in their state of residence. Not a stand alone reason for making a deal but definitely a plus.
They don't give a rat's patootie about UConn football fans. They do care about subscribers though. If they feel Connecticut is a good source for them they'd tell Aresco to reverse himself without a second thought of how bad it would make him look.Think you're overrating how much ESPN cares about UConn football fans.
I could picture the Florida schools being (not mad) about it, since they probably view our absence as a way to strengthen their overall SOS. But otherwise, yeah, you’re probably right.Thing is, it would seem to me the only one that doesn't want us to stay is Aresco (not mad). Everyone else is probably indifferent to slightly favorable for us to stay for Football only....because its easy and less messy.
That's the same thing though. We won't move the needle with subscribers because we have comparatively no football fans.They don't give a rat's patootie about UConn football fans. They do care about subscribers though. If they feel Connecticut is a good source for them they'd tell Aresco to reverse himself without a second thought of how bad it would make him look.
But the football fans we do have are influential in a sizable cable market, so ESPN might want to own the content. As opposed to SNY, their competitor, owning it.That's the same thing though. We won't move the needle with subscribers because we have comparatively no football fans.
It's a platform for the future that the have to build out and make profitable in advance of that future. The AAC deal was important to ESPN because they need to build that ESPN+ subscriber base to offset what will be a massive decrease in cable revenue. It looks like double dipping now, but eventually it will be the primary platform, probably with offshoots like the ACC Network as add-ons.Not a full switch, but they have been investing heavily in it. I have had espn+ since it came out, mostly because I am a big boxing fan and I am very happy with it. They have added more content but definitely need to add more.
Yes. Great idea. Let's make ourselves feel better by pushing out a corporation that employs thousands of Connecticut residents. We can afford to do that because it will make you feel better.ESPN has always treated UConn like ****. Talk about a 1 sided relationship. Time to cut off the tax breaks IMO.
Calling UConn football a "mid-major" is a massive compliment for the program at this point lolYesss!!
I said this on the football forum the night the big east move was announced;
If you walk into Rentschler and you don’t see the AAC logo on the field; if you squint and believe hard enough it’ll almost feel big time.
The AAC will always make people in CT think “mid-major” and “relegated”; the brand was an anchor around the entire athletic department’s neck.