Re: College coverage in Boston is Sad
posted at 12/15/2010 10:47 PM EST
In Response to Re: College coverage in Boston is Sad
[QUOTE]Ironic on Bob Ryan. Again though, a lot of this has to do with the fact that: *BC is a smaller school div I wise so there are less students to follow games. We have 10k students, that won't fill a stadium. Ohio State has what, 50k students, so if even half go thats huge. *Majority of BC alum don't live in the area, unlike Ohio State or Michigan. *Local non students/alum have 4 pro teams to follow and in reality hate BC for whatever reason. Just the way it is and it won't change. That is really a reason the media ignores them but judging by the lack of recent sucess of newspapers its not a surprise. That said, the media not trying to help BC hockey get a huge following is just them being glib. A powerhouse right under our nose and they are fully ignored. Yet they have 4 people writing the same article about the Sox signing Carl Crawford in December......and why is no one reading them any longer they wonder?????
Posted by momort[/QUOTE]
1. You can't ignore the public-private dynamic. If UMass has BC's athletic success (and was actually located in Boston), they would get press in the Globe. It's hard for an upstart private school to get traction in a major media market. Just ask Northwestern, which is in a better conference. Miami only succeeded in the 80's because they were the only game in town after the Dolphins, FSU was 8 hours away, and UF was on probation.
2. It would help to have a rivalry game to report on. UMass competes in an inferior conference for basketball and not even Division 1 for football. Even a BC-UConn game would stroke passion, but that would require most everyone to get over any lingering anger they had over realignment.
3. It also doesn't help BC is a relative newcomer to their conference, and it takes time for conference rivalries to develop. Also, BC is 400 miles from its nearest conference opponent.
4. New England is a region of front-runners. The Patriots were frequently blacked out in the early 90s. The Red Sox could draw in their lean years. UMass drew 10,000 people in the 90s when they actually tried competing at a high level, but can't draw 2,500 now. If BC makes the Orange Bowl or goes to the Final Four, alot of people in the city will start wearing Maroon and Gold.