Sunday, October 9, 2011

Expect an ESPN Retraction Shortly


In a recent Boston Globe article, BC athletic director Gene DeFilippo (who held the same position at Villanova from 1993-1997) basically admitted that ESPN was a co-conspirator with the ACC in the raiding of the Big East this time around.

Says DeFilippo:
“We always keep our television partners close to us. You don’t get extra money for basketball. It’s 85 percent football money. TV - ESPN - is the one who told us what to do. This was football; it had nothing to do with basketball.’’
Now I'm not a lawyer, but if this isn't illegal, it's highly unethical. If the Big East is gone, there is no way that another major media corporation can outbid ESPN for a TV contract, and ESPN can essentially dictate the destinations of the orphan schools after everything blows up. That's wrong.

The Big East needs to issue an ultimatum to ESPN: rectify the situation with a sweetheart television deal, or we're suing you for a billion dollars.

Expect a retraction from ESPN's massive PR wing within a few days explaining how they had nothing to do with this and how they "value their partnership with the Big East".

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