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The 2009 SEC Tournament was a disaster because Kentucky basketball was in turmoil under Billy Gillispie. If the SEC Tournament were in St. Petersburg this year, ticket sales would be robust and 20,000+ Kentucky fans would be in attendance. I don't mind the idea of an SEC Tournament in St. Louis, but I think Kansas City is too much of a stretch and too far outside 'SEC Country'.
2 years ago on Mizzou A.D. Wants An SEC Tourney In St. Louis, Too
Kentucky had a Thursday/Saturday tilt scheduled and then CBS moved the Kentucky @ Florida game to Sunday.
2 years, 1 month ago on More Complaints About SEC Hoops Scheduling, But Nothing Can Be Done Now
Geography Fail. Louisville borders Indiana. Ohio is an hour away and Dayton is over three hours away.
2 years, 1 month ago on Kansas City Aims To Become An SEC City, But The SEC Should Be Picky With Its Tourney
SEC fan No. I am suggesting that when you take hundreds of millions of dollars from a TV network, then you cede some level of scheduling control to said network. It is a competitive advantage for UK to not have that Thursday/Saturday combo, but that's part of it when you're cashing the kind of checks from CBS/ESPN that the SEC does. Your original post was; "Every team has the SAME number of Thurs.-Sat. turnaround games regardless of whether it pleases the TV networks or not." Well that's not how it works at this level. I'm sure if as a league we wanted to give them back their truck loads of cash and rescind the TV contract, that everyone could then have the same schedule. However, I have a hunch you would have trouble getting support from any SEC Athletic Department for that approach.
2 years, 1 month ago on The SEC Responds To Stallings' Schedule Complaint
SEC fan The TV networks fall into the set of "everyone". In football, not every team gets the same number of CBS games. CBS wants to show Bama, LSU, Florida, Auburn, Georgia or Tennessee when they're rolling because they're national brands. In college basketball, fair or not, the SEC only has one team that's truly a national brand; Kentucky. It is a little different issue with basketball, because games are played on several different days as opposed to just Saturday and the occasional Thursday, but Kentucky getting the most Tuesday night basketball games is the equivalent of Bama & LSU getting more CBS and primetime ESPN games. There's no completely "fair" way to do it if you're going to take hundreds of millions of dollars from TV networks. You are going to have to play by their rules to some extent. They made an investment in your product and they want to maximize that investment. The greatest return on that investment when it comes to basketball is Kentucky.
Add Louisville to the mix. It's not that far for Missouri fans, not that it really matters, because Kentucky fans would fill it up anyway, and the Yum Center is a 22,000 seat state of the art arena within the SEC footprint.
Obviously UK has Vandy (x2) as opposed to playing themselves, but if the situation were reversed what I posted above would be the Vandy equivalent to UK's Feb-March SEC slate.
Kentucky's schedule is ridiculously backloaded because of TV. If Stallings had UK (x2), UF (x2) & @ Mississippi State in a span of 26 days like Kentucky does, he'd be thowing a GD fit. It seems like he's always whining about something. Perhaps he should focus his energy toward something more productive, like say not embarrassing the league and actually win a game in the NCAA Tournament.