ACC Network…. “If” or “When”

    John Swofford
    BobLee
    September06/ 2015

    “Is there a way to do it without those obnoxious Wolfpack people?”

    Apparently THAT might be one of the hold-ups to Little Johnny Swofford unleashing The ACC Network on a planet eagerly anticipating highlights of Pitt’s field hockey games…. and what Bobby Patrino ever did with that motorcycle.

    The Swoff would not come right out and confirm re: “….. those obnoxious Wolfpack people?”; but it was certainly sort of implied in the sub-text of this recent interview about a possible ACC Network thru ESPN…. whose CEO is, of course, John Skipper (UNC’75).  Skippy’s concern is “Our extensive research shows no one outside Wake / Lee / Johnston Counties gives a hoot ’bout Cow College.”  OUCH!

    NOTE:  THAT is known in the blog biz as shameless “click bait”.   🙂

    Paul FinebaumMuch of the success of the SEC Network is the iconic Paul Finebaum.  The One & Only Original Finebaum hosts his simulcast TV / radio call-in show daily for what seems like 23 hours; but in reality is only 15 or 16 hours.   The other 7-8 hours are reruns of “The Best of Paul Finebaum”…. and previews of tomorrow’s Paul Finebaum Show.

    Could “My Buddy” Art Chansky be The ACC’s Finebaum or is that David Glenn’s gig if he wants it?  Certainly MY CHOICE would be The World According To Kennel with Bre’r interviewing himself re: “I was 2nd mate on The Santa Maria in 1492… or was it the Nina?”…. and “I gave Neil Armstrong an NC State car flag to plant on the lunar surface”.   Maybe NCSU68 could come on from midnight ’til 6 AM and read The Brothers Karamazov in pig latin? …. the mind reels at the possibilities.

    Jan Boxill selling Thighmasters? ….. Chancellor Chihuahua’s “Little Lady / Big Office” offering advice on selecting the perfect lapel ribbon for any occasion. …..  Coach K’s “Seven Words Only I Can Yell on TV”? …. mind still reeling.

    …. meanwhile The Swoff wrestles with “his wuffie problem”.  Frau Yow considering offering “our Humongous Hindenburg Hangar” as a filming studio.  Since it is larger than Pinewood Studios where the James Bond films are shot. 

    Q: # 84 ??

    A: How many total points have Vic Koenning coordinated defenses given up to NC State in their last eight quarters.

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    ACC STILL DELIBERATING CONFERENCE NETWORK, BUT TALKS ONGOING WITH ESPN

    http://awfulannouncing.com/2015/acc-still-deliberating-conference-network-but-talks-ongoing-with-espn.html

    Despite the success that the Big Ten Network and SEC Network have both yielded for their respective conferences, the ACC is still John Swoffordexploring whether or not creating its own television network is in its best interests.

    According to the Associated Press, the conference and ESPN are in ongoing talks to figure out what makes the most financial sense for both sides. Is it more profitable for the ACC to create its own network, likely tied to ESPN, or would maintaining the status quo work out best? The conference’s current rights deal with ESPN runs through the 2026-27 season, with each school receiving $20 million annually. But compare that to the $455 million the SEC split among its 14 members after creating its own network with ESPN.

    ACC commissioner John Swofford insists there’s no timetable for making a decision on starting up its own network, though the topic has been an increasingly pertinent one for the past few years and speculation is that the earliest a network could launch is 2017. Coaches and athletic directors have been vocal about the exposure and revenue that a cable channel could provide to the conference.

    “I think every league’s going to have it,” North Carolina football coach Larry Fedora told the AP. “The ones that don’t right now, they’re going to have it eventually. So you might as well get in there and get going.”

    But as you might expect, athletic directors who have to keep an eye on their schools’ financial bottom lines are in favor of a more cautious approach and endorse Swofford’s philosophy.

    Recent expansion by the ACC appears to work toward a broader base of subscribers that could help a fledgling network. The addition of Pitt brings in the western Pennsylvania market, while Syracuse covers New York and Louisville attracts the Kentucky market. Notre Dame is also a national brand that helps the conference’s profile and recognition throughout a broader segment of the country.

    The difficulties that the Pac-12 Network has had in finding distribution and teaming up with a partner such as the Big Ten has with Fox and the SEC with ESPN is surely giving the ACC some pause as it tries to determine which direction to pursue. Additionally, the prospects of creating any network carry some uncertainty as an increasing number of consumers cut the cord with cable and satellite providers in favor of viewing content through streaming and mobile outlets.

    [Associated Press]

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    BobLee
    • Robedixon Reply
      4 years ago

      You must have been smiling the entire time it took to put together this posting. Talk about throwing red meat into a pack of hungry wolves. Lord have mercy and I hope you are safe in your hidden bunker. This might be the one column where the comments might top the actual posting.

      • BobLee Reply
        4 years ago

        Just “picking low-hanging fruit” and “tapping on the aquarium glass”…. turning an ant farm upside down …. 🙂

    • FredG Reply
      4 years ago

      You really are blessed to have two adjoining fan bases that aggressively compete to supply the goofiest column fodder.

      • BobLee Reply
        4 years ago

        And I will never take that good fortune for granted. It is a bountiful feast.

    • NCSU68Grad Reply
      4 years ago

      FayetteWuff done nailed it….Bait it with stuff that really didn’t happen and throw in a few RevBB “conclusions”….such as you is RACIST if you put creme in your coffee…..BINGO, instant column.

      The July 15 interview did state that ESPN is loosing viewership at a rate worse than Hill’s supporters….. ESPN, under the Skip (is he related to the Skippah of Bowles DNA?) was described as follows in the article…. “ESPN has lost 7.2 million subscribers in the last four years, three million in the last year. Moreover, the Hollywood Reporter says the network has been directed by parent company Disney to slash costs.” OUCH!

      BUT, thanks for throwing my name into the labor market. I haven’t done radio since WKNC and WRAL and W??? when I was at NCSU in the late 60’s. Right now, I’m existing OK without supplemental income…..but with the recent market shenanigans and the USA being $17,000,000,000,000.00 in debt, you never know.

      Kennel will have to be the star…..maybe you and Chance can do a “smackdown” inside a welded cage. NOW that would draw the fans. But, that is only if the Donald don’t get the nomination…..maybe HE would be willing to do a gig of “How to be a Start-up HC in the ACC?”

      As to the relevancy of my fellow wolfies and the Swoff……Factoid for some of both persuasions. NCSU’s Season Ducats are GONE…..SOLD OUT…..going for 125% on CL. CF was 99.97% at Capacity yesterday. Meanwhile, I’m getting Groupons for UNC games. Lil’ Debbie of Troy on a Labor Day Weekend done filled CF to the brim. AND the Twinkie next week with some community college from Kentucky is SOLD OUT. Obviously the Wuffies have enjoyed full employment and bonuses….or they have alledgedly mortgaged the Double Wide’s and the DW’s are working the night shift on South Street. BUT, they sure are driving nice rigs and the Tail Gate affluence index is up 15% from last year.

      The ACC Network…..does have a NICE ring about it. Tommy Suiter would be a great announcer for the Voice Over’s…..Jackie Hyland would be would be a WELCOME addition as the “pantsuit” on the sideline compared to some of the ESPN HH’s.

      WAY over my word count. Watching the Retro Southern 500. Wonder if Swoff follows the circuit and the attendance…..that sure killed the NASCAR Network. BUT, Swoff will survive. He has photos of the NCAA BOD in compromising poses with the Original Sweet Carolines (Grannies STILL GOT IT would be the title). At least MOST of Darlington’s seats are filled…..compared to the recent Charlotte battle of the “U’s”

      • BobLee Reply
        4 years ago

        No mention of either Karamazov Brother ??

    • fayettewuf Reply
      4 years ago

      When my daddy first took me fishing, he taught me to bait a hook with fishing worms. He said, you will never get a fish to bite if the hook is showing. Apparently he was mistaken or fish were smarter back then.

      • BobLee Reply
        4 years ago

        It truly is theological. I can’t help it. They can’t help it.

    • BobLee Reply
      4 years ago

      Around 1:45 PM on Sunday, I received the following text from a Lifetime WPCer:
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      Mr Naive here. Did Swoff actually say that?
      And what IS his wolf problem?

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      I know for a fact this reader wears a business suit including shoes/socks and his business suit has never touched a tractor seat. I’m telling you; Wuffs & The Swofford Thing has reached “Theological”.

      • Doug Reply
        4 years ago

        It’s a good thing your friend was unaware of the plan by Swofford and the Smurf to hire a transgender French-Hawaiian Leprechaun to be the studio host. Notre Dame vetoed that plan. What’s next? The ACC hooking up with OWN-TV hosted by Clutch Cargo with his sidekicks Spinner & Paddlefoot?
        P.S. I can report that waves of ECU coeds were seen walking towards DFS in short skirts and cowboy boots Saturday before 2 o’clock for a 6 o’clock kickoff. It was a better show than the gridiron Pirates put on.

        • BobLee Reply
          4 years ago

          Oodles of PDEG in cowboy boots…. OH ME OH MY!

    • inkstainedscribe Reply
      4 years ago

      That Finebaum riff … vintage BL. Fortunately, my coffee mug was on the table and not in my hand.

      • BobLee Reply
        4 years ago

        Always a safe precaution! ?

    • Cindy Reply
      4 years ago

      BL, is anyone going to believe Swofford really said that about NC State?

      • BobLee Reply
        4 years ago

        Are you kidding me? The first thing I ever learned here 16 years ago is…. some Franklin Street goobers will believe ANYTHING I say about Coach K (… Micki K runs a whorehouse out of the tennis pro shop at Hope Valley CC.”) and (2) some Wuff goobers will believe ANYTHING I say about Little Johnny.
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        In the smart-aleck biz is calling “picking the low-hanging fruit”. 🙂

    • Flair1 Reply
      4 years ago

      The real question for the Swoff is ‘How am I going to get a sweetheart deal for my son, ad the only real job he’s ever had is being a VP at Raycom.’ And if you tell me Daddy did not get him this job, I have a bridge in Brooklyn to sell you.

      • BobLee Reply
        4 years ago

        Does NC State offer a “for credit” course in Everything Real or Otherwise About John Swofford? Or is it one of those “learn for the sake of learning” seminars?
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        I know the one UNCCH offers on How Evil Is Eeeeevil Art Pope is pass/fail.

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