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As far as they eyeball thing goes, I think some people are kinda underestimating the SEC's influence in North Carolina, without actually even having any schools in the state. South Carolina delivers metro-Charlotte about as well as or better than NCSU would. And as for the Raleigh area, while there are no SEC schools there, I think it is important to note that as far as the product is concerned, what the SEC is selling is second to none. Regardless of where you are in America, if your team isn't playing or there isn't a conference game of note for your team, you are probably gonna be watching whatever is on CBS or ESPN which is most likely Alabama-LSU, South Carolina-Georgia, Florida-Tennessee, etc. In other words a good SEC game. Every game is already available in Raleigh as it is through the SEC network, CBS, ESPN/2/U and FSN. Raleigh is also a college town along with being an ACC town. At 3:30 you think most people there are watching FSU-Boston College or the SEC game?
Hard to say it definitively as Texas-aTm, Utah-BYU, KU-Missouri among others have been lost due to expansion. Now Maryland ditches ACC basketball, though I do have to say that I think they're going to come to regret it, at least from an athletics standpoint. I'd be absolutely shocked if Wake, UVA, UNC, NCSU, Duke and I suppose Va Tech now end up anywhere not together. Football isn't really that big a deal among those schools outside of Va Tech and maybe NCSU and UNC, though it still takes a back seat to basketball with all of them. They could just stick together, add Pitt, Syracuse, UConn, keep Miami, Ga Tech and BC and be totally content. The sanctity of ACC hoops could not only be restored, but enhanced. No more 'football' schools messing things up for Coach K and Roy and co.
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