Published on 10-22-2014 12:00 AM
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A heaping helping of hot takes to get you through until Halloween...
Bo Pelini thinks the ESPN / SEC relationship is "bad for college football".
I won't argue Bo's point, as it remains to be seen just how much ESPN's love affair with the SEC impacts the game. But I hate to see the coach give fuel to the message board conspiracy theorists who believe every announcer hates Nebraska, and ESPN disrespects the Big Ten and every other conference north or west of Columbia, MO.
Look: You and I may sometimes forget it, but I guarantee that ESPN always knows the "E" in their name stands for "Entertainment", not Ethics, Equality, or anything else. ESPN wants viewers (which leads to higher cable fees and more ad dollars). They get those viewers by promoting and talking about winning teams. And right now, the SEC (as a whole) is widely viewed as a winning team.
This is nothing new. Before their love affair with the SEC began, ESPN fawned all over USC. And Texas. And Boise State. And other top programs before that. As some of those teams have fallen on hard times, ESPN quickly moves on to the next big thing. For the most part, this is decided as much by the results on the field as it is by any financial implications ESPN may see from a team or conference's success.
Remember, ESPN has a big, big stake in Texas's Longhorn Network, so if the "ESPN only promotes what they own" conspiracy