We stayed in by the telly, although the room was smelly …

The SEC continues to eyeball the grand experiment known as the Big Ten Network. But don’t fret, SEC fans – they’re doing it for you.

“It’s a question of how best we can maximize for our fans the distribution of our games and other programming,” Slive said Wednesday at the SEC football media days. “There are different ways to do that, and one of those is our own network.”

The cynic in me suspects that the conference is hoping to maximize something entirely different, but, heck, what do I know?

If SEC TV does become a reality, Mergz at Saurian Sagacity gives me reason to think that we won’t be seeing too many Thursday night games there.

Unlike the ACC, of course:

Of the major conferences, the ACC seems more than willing to encourage its members to play non-Saturday contests. Of course, when you look at the average attendance of ACC schools, perhaps the “major conference” moniker is overstated. The aforementioned Clemson is the highest ACC school in average attendance, and the list looks as follows (with national ranking, and non-ACC school most closely comparable in attendance) –

Clemson – 14th (Wisconsin)
FSU – 17th (Notre Dame)
Virginia Tech – 23rd (UCLA)
Virginia -29th (Washington)
NC State – 32nd (Kentucky)
Georgia Tech – 40th (Texas Tech)
Maryland – 41st (Kansas St)
North Carolina – 42nd (Kansas St)
Miami – 51st (UTEP)
Boston College – 59th (Connecticut)
Wake Forest – 70th (Memphis)
Duke – 92nd (Toledo)

With NC State pulling less than Kentucky does, and Miami having poorer attendance than UTEP, perhaps the non-Saturday games make sense for the ACC.

Ooh, I bet that felt good to type.

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3 responses to “We stayed in by the telly, although the room was smelly …

  1. “Ooh, I bet that felt good to type.”

    You have no idea.

  2. The ACC attendance statements probably deserve a qualifing statements, such as… the ACC stadiums are smaller on average than…say…the SEC stadiums which skews the comparison, the SEC teams played more home games than the ACC teams, that 2006 attendance at ACC games was a new conference record, and that ACC average attendance was up in 2006, despite what most consider a lackluster year for many of premiere teams. Just saying.

  3. Kevin,

    While it is true that ACC stadiums are generally smaller than SEC ones, most of them come no where near to filling to capacity. Only Clemson and Virginia Tech had an average attendance at their capacity last season, while FSU was close.

    The rest of the schools don’t nearly make capacity. Miami’s Orange Bowl, for instance, seats 72,319, but averages only 41,908 (and it looks pitful with the empty seats on TV). Were Miami to actually fill their stadium for home games, they would move from 51st nationally to a respectable 21st.

    As for the SEC teams playing more home games, the figures are average attendance, not total attendance, so number of homes games doesn’t matter.

    Finally, it is little surprise that the ACC had record attendance last season. It is only their second year with 12 teams.