The Bishin Cutter wrote:
Article from Macon, GA, The Telegraph...SEC network to be HQ'ed in NC
...where Slive is mum as to why.
Any bets we'll see some ACC schools say "not so fast" to the "immediate" GoR?
My understanding from a SC newspaper, the decision was due to ESPN. ESPN was already well-established in Charlotte with major offices, studios, and the major technology needed. Charlotte is a leading southern hub, with pro sports, and really just across the line from SC. Of course I don't know what was already set up in, say Atlanta, available for the unique use for the conference. My immediate reaction was similar, but maybe, as suggested, it was about already established facilities and equipment, and this would be more immediately cost-effective rather than pursing a new city. Some in the SEC may be a little tired of so much being concentrated in Birmingham. Of course Atlanta has near everything available, but I would put the focus more on ESPN than the SEC itself. That said, if the SEC did decide to go to 16 or so in the future, NC would be the prime real estate; and it certainly doesn't hurt by having broadcasting media headquartered in NC's queen city.