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Saturday, November 05, 2005

The Early Returns Are Good on BC in the ACC

On the day the football team was upset by the UNC Tar Heels, the News Observer (NC) had a nice feature on Boston College's entrance into the ACC. According to columnist Ned Barnett, the marriage has had early success in gaining fans - and ratings - in Boston.

The article discusses some of the questions surrounding the new 12-team ACC: what effect would the "gulf of geography, culture and religion" between BC and the original Southern conference members have? How well would BC's teams compete? And would Boston College really provide the ACC with a chunk of a Boston media market dominated by professional sports?

Although still in its infancy, the deal has been a success for all parties. Jim Rayburn, vice president of Jefferson Pilot Sports, noted that BC football is drawing "very strong audiences" in the Boston area. And, as Barnett put it:
ACC traditionalists who wondered whether BC should be in their league soon may wonder if their schools can stay in BC's.
Boston Globe columnist and BC alum Bob Ryan downplayed the interest generated by BC football, but admitted that the "aura and mystery and romanticism attached to [ACC basketball]" will impact BC's exposure.

For those who may have missed it, watch the video produced by the ACC welcoming Boston College into the league.
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