What will the tv market in Athens Ohio bring to the BE?Nothing
Ohio U is a fairly well respected academic school in the MAC. I've traveled quite a bit through Ohio over the years and noticed a subtle presence of people I see on the road with Ohio U Bobcat memorialbilia on their cars. OSU is the only statewide team. That is clear. However, I believe if their is any other school that might be able to reach statewide status or even come close, which is quite a challenge, within that state, Ohio U is probably it. If Joefather is correct and they expand this school from 20K enrollment to 30K enrollment, and continue to expand their campus, it may just get some more attention. I noticed the one time I visited there, it reminded me of The College of William and Mary. But on top of this quaint academic setting, they were building like mad on that campus. It seemed like every other building was under expansion and construction. That was 7 years ago.
Now, they need to get their football up. But they just might do it. Although this past weekend might be a not too good sign.
I'm a weird Husker fan and feel our fellow son Frank Solich got a bad deal. I don't think he should have been fired from Nebraska. I am glad he was hired somewhere. Because of this, I am sorta a Ohio U Bobcat fan, because I want him to do well.
Athens is a small town of about 22K in a county of 65K. But they have probably the best statewide presence after OSU in Ohio, although OSU blows the doors off of them. Them and Miami U. Toledo, BGSU, UCincy, Youngstown State, Cleveland State, Kent State, Akron, and Wright State are very regional universities and don't go much out of their local regions in support. Ohio U is mostly in SE Ohio and probably takes in some of Columbus, but from what I have seen annectdotally, they seem to have a little more support statewide than other Ohio MAC and Horizon schools.
What will the tv market of ECU bring to the BE?Nothing
ECU is a regional substate team, mostly eastern NC. However, they are strong in that region. From what I can tell from their radio affialates, and newspaper coverage, they have strong support in all areas in NC East of Interstate 95. There is about 2.1 million people in all areas East of Interstate 95 in NC. This includes the midmajor markets of Fayetteville and Wilmington, as well as Greenville, Rocky Mount, Jacksonville, etc. Now, yes, UNC and NCSU are big in this area as they are in all of North Carolina as I can tell from their radio networks and newspaper coverage. ECU also has a strong presence in the Raliegh-Durham Media market as well as the Greensboro-Winston-Salem-High Point market. They are behind the ACC teams in those markets, but ECU does have some newspaper coverage there as well as one or two radio affiliate in each of those metro areas. That after the 2.1 million in the East of I-95 market. They are not too big out in Asheville and Hickory markets, however.
Now Wake Forest and Duke are relatively speaking, after looking at their radio networks, regionally supported teams in football. They are mostly those two metro areas: Research Triangle and Piedmont Triangle as well as Charlotte. However, there isn't much radio coverage in the ECU's East of I-95 market. Duke and WF don't appear to be competitors in that ECU local/regional market. Their is more buying power in the East of I-95 region in NC then in the Memphis market and any other CUSA team, save Orlando. Yes there is 3 teams there, but Memphis has not only Memphis but they have UTennessee, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, U Arkansas, and Arkansas State support.
What will the tv market of Umass bring to the BE? Nothing
UMass could bring a market anywhere from the level of West Virginia or a Nebraska on the smallest level, to the size of Indiana. Thats anywhere from the 1.8 million in the western 2/3rd of Mass where there is hardly no competition to the entire state of Mass, including Greater Boston metro -- that's 6.5 million. Yes Boston metro is very fragmented with 4 major pro sports teams and many colleges and universities including BC, just like Philly is. But UMass could garner a share of this market, but the Western 2/3rds of Mass market is free and clear with 1.8 million with hardly any competition -- which is the same as West Virginia. That's the best available market to the BE that isn't already claimed. All the other choices are overlapped with another BCS conference's statewide team and a nearby BCS conference private. As far as population and buying power, the UMass market offers the most combination of buying power and market. So it would offer the BE quite a bit in market for BCS appeal.