As a Duke alumnus, it’s weird to be excited about college football; but after last season’s phenomenal 10-2 run here I am hopping on the bandwagon. Yesterday was media day for ACC football, and one of the topics ACC commissioner John Swofford talked about is showing ACC games nationally on digital.
Given the ACC’s attractive footprint, I can see the potential. But I can’t help think there’s a huge, missed opportunity: international.
US college sports is classic long tail content. It’s content meant for a very specific person: the die hard college sports fan — already niche in the US, miniscule outside it — and alumni from the two schools competing in any particular game. I follow college basketball quite closely but even I don’t really care about Missouri playing Arizon State. During the regular season it’s Duke first and foremost, and perhaps ACC games second.
Any business model predicated on showing me multiple “Missouri vs. Arizona State” type games for the occasional game I really want to watch are bound to fail.