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    Quote Originally Posted by TexasZagFan View Post
    Wish I could help more, but I'm not good with the "vision thing." I just revived an old thread for potential discussion.

    Although the Zag hierarchy has never expressed "ultimatums", Ms. Holzman would be ill advised to disregard the Zags' contributions to WCC coffers and prestige. Take away the Zags, and it goes from a top 10-12 conference to one in the twenties. Not sure that would look good on her resume.

    Good questions, though, TZ. Perhaps one closer to the program can shed some light.

    I found the article interesting, considering the turmoil coming in the business of college sports, at least for non-Power 5 schools. A true 4-8 team playoff is coming in football, which will further diminish the college bowl system. Bowl games outside of the playoffs are merely exhibitions now, and you can expect more players to focus on the draft, than one more game for their alma mater.

    I continue to believe that WCC basketball will be on a major cable network, as they provide an inexpensive source of live programming, and the Zags bring a national brand to the league.

    Thanks for your candor, TexasZagFan. I also hope "one closer to the program can shed some light." If IMG's sole focus is on-air talent and getting the games telecast live in the Tri-Cities (as Dixie suggests), I'm less than convinced of the value. OTOH, and selfishly, if IMG has anything to do with the fact that I can watch all Zag games live on the east coast, then where do I send the money.

    As to your side points, how could the college football bowl games be further diminished than they are now? Any team in a power conference with 6 wins (including powderpuff opponents from OOC) gets to go to a stadium less than full in a location less than winter resort to play in one. If I were a senior w/o NFL possibilities or certain of them, I'd tell the coach let the underclassmen get the experience. I have better things to do with one of my final months in college than another month of practice just to play a totally meaningless game. Second, even including insomniacs, how many rating points could a Pepperdine versus Pacific game generate 2-3 time zones away?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TravelinZag View Post
    Thanks for your candor, TexasZagFan. I also hope "one closer to the program can shed some light." If IMG's sole focus is on-air talent and getting the games telecast live in the Tri-Cities (as Dixie suggests), I'm less than convinced of the value. OTOH, and selfishly, if IMG has anything to do with the fact that I can watch all Zag games live on the east coast, then where do I send the money.

    As to your side points, how could the college football bowl games be further diminished than they are now? Any team in a power conference with 6 wins (including powderpuff opponents from OOC) gets to go to a stadium less than full in a location less than winter resort to play in one. If I were a senior w/o NFL possibilities or certain of them, I'd tell the coach let the underclassmen get the experience. I have better things to do with one of my final months in college than another month of practice just to play a totally meaningless game. Second, even including insomniacs, how many rating points could a Pepperdine versus Pacific game generate 2-3 time zones away?
    I feel your pain, living in the Central Time Zone. Those 9/10 PM start times often force me to hit "record".

    As to the college bowl game situation, you're spot on. Coaches will never give the seniors/departing players the option, too many losses in bowl games (no matter how meaningless) will mar their resumes.

    The Sun Bowl in El Paso was once one of the best postseason bowl games, in terms of fan experience and quality of teams. It's been relegated to this:

    Since 2014, the Sun Bowl Football Selection Committee has shared the third through sixth selections from the ACC with the Belk Bowl, the Pinstripe Bowl and either the Taxslayer Bowl or the Music City Bowl. The Orange Bowl has the ACC champion or the first selection, followed by the Russell Athletic Bowl. On the Pac-12 side, the Sun Bowl has the fourth selection, following the College Football Playoff.
    The city still puts on a great event for visiting teams, and their swag includes custom made Tony Lama boots.

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    Nice to still be alive in 2017 to see some of my nonsensical comments from 2008.
    The big issue for me is the radical change to ESPN. I doubt anybody here knows whether their recent slashing of costs and on-air talent will lead to greater exposure for GU games or less exposure for GU games. So-called "cord cutting" and the transition of major advertising dollars from broadcast television to other media (U-Tube, etc.) is changing the world as we know it. With all respect to Root Sports and their affiliates, the world seems to be moving beyond regional sports networks and I do not see it as a good thing if more GU games return to Root and leave the ESPN family. Time will tell.

    Go Bulldogs!
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    Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

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    I worked for IMG many years ago (1996-1999). This is the most powerful entity in sports marketing. They have reach into every sport, every media outlet, and control many things that you would never guess. Having them represent GU means we have the absolute best representation of any sports marketing company worldwide. I maintain friendships with people in the IMG Academies division, IMG Golf, IMG Football and IMG Tennis (the areas I worked with) and they tell me the company is a monster with influence I wouldn't believe. While I do not have specifics on the workings of IMG College Sports, there is no way this company does anything 1/2 way. My guess is IMG sells our apparel rights, advertising for GU events (radio) and TV. Companies like IMG routinely work with TV and Internet to sell ads. They buy packaged time/exposure and resell it. Again, I do not know how college sports structures their deals as that division started after I left, but I am sure this was not a small deal. GU has seen a massive increase in revenue and exposure since this deal was signed. My guess is the GU Brand has been developed through IMG for the past 9 years. Building brands is what they do. Someone listed some major tv personalities represented above. When I was at IMG, our marque players were Alex Rodriquez (Scot Boras was an IMG agent who quit to start his own company), Kobe Bryant, Anna Kournikova, Nomar Garciapara, Grant Winstrom, Joe Montana, Charles Woodson, Andre Agassi, Pete Samprass, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, etc... pretty much the best players in every sport. Superagents Jeff Schwartz, Scot Boras, David Godsick, Gavin Forbes and David Falk. When I got my job there, people were still talking about how David Falk quit IMG and put Proserv on the map after only working at IMG for a year. Then he signed Michael Jordan. The bottom line is, IMG is a good thing for GU. They only do things that make them money.

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