Posted: 11:04 am Thursday, January 30th, 2014

ESPN: No influence on nine-game schedule 

By Ken Sugiura

ESPN has no influence on the ACC’s debate for a possible nine-game conference schedule, according an executive at the network.

“Those are decisions that the conferences make for themselves. The conference and the members make that for themselves,” said Ilan Ben-Hanan, ESPN’s vice president for programming and acquisitions. “ESPN is fine either way.”

Ben-Hanan took issue with an AJC blog post in which Tech athletic director Mike Bobinski said that ESPN would likely want more “inventory” if the network were to create an ACC channel, thus making a nine-game schedule a likelihood. Inventory to satisfy television has often been cited as an impetus for expanding conference schedules.

Said Ben-Hanan, “They’ve got to make that decision for themselves.”

Ben-Hanan said he could not answer what value ESPN would put on a nine-game format vs. an eight-game format.

“That’s not for me to say,” he said. “I can only give you what I know about this stuff.”

In terms of volume, a nine-game schedule would actually reduce the number of games played by ACC teams. However, in many cases, nonconference games would likely be less attractive matchups than an additional conference game. On the other hand, it’s conceivable that, if teams improve schedule strength in response to the coming college football playoff, nonconference games could become more valuable properties.

18 comments
GTBee
GTBee

Our AD is a mess.  Fire him along with our coaches!

Halfback
Halfback

Of course, ESPN runs college sports.  They promote teams based on the viewing market.  Period.

leefrommeeks
leefrommeeks

I hope they go to a nine game schedule and drop Georgie from it. Just like A&M dropped Texas.

juvenal
juvenal

anything to get rid of the Woffords........

juvenal
juvenal

so the E$PN3 feed could not gone on E$PN2?

AugustaJacket
AugustaJacket

"Said Ben-Hanan, “They’ve got to make that decision for themselves.”

Ben-Hanan said he could not answer what value ESPN would put on a nine-game format vs. an eight-game format.

“That’s not for me to say,” he said. “I can only give you what I know about this stuff.”

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So E$PN isn't influencing this decision, but they "might," wink wink, be willing to pony up a little extra cash for the extra inventory.  


Almost sounds like a WnE/CG/SG/MB bit of logic.....


MoistDawg
MoistDawg

i could care less as long as uga dominates make as many games as you want


Remarkable3
Remarkable3

First,

I'm a UGA fan and I wonder why the AJC doesn't post more stories like this one on the ACC?  Very little content is posted on such issues it seems.

gt-40
gt-40

@AugustaJacket


Ben-Hanan, just sent out a press release, stating that wrestling was for real also......

please stay tuned.............

AugustaJacket
AugustaJacket

@MoistDawg You really should focus on getting an education at some point.  My first grade son writes better than you.


It's truly sad.  You might be better at trolling if people could understand what you are trying to say.

GTBob
GTBob

@Remarkable3 Because the AJC is pretty much a promotional arm of UGA and the SEC. Ken does a much better job than his predecessors covering GT, but the AJC has never really shied away from their own inherent bias. 

Remarkable3
Remarkable3

@GTBob @Remarkable3 Are you going to defens Ken?  How many areticles from him do you see in a week?  Not that many, maybe one or two.

AugustaJacket
AugustaJacket

@Remarkable3 


There are these pesky things called FACTS.


In the last 3-5 days, there have been about 15-20 articles about GT sports from Ken.  


Keep trying troll.  You definitely need the practice.