I have ESPN+ to follow the Big West, and have cut out traditional cable so have no way to watch ESPNU if that was the only place the game was being shown.
The only real affected parties are the cable companies and whoever ESPN sold ESPNU ad space to, but in today's age I would find it hard to believe that wasn't negotiated into the rates.
Now down the road, these statistics could be used to leverage against the smaller conferences if they show that they don't have traction on either the cable network or the streaming platform.
That's a polite "screw you.".
College sports TV guru Sarzyinak observes that ESPN is starting to simulcast some of its ESPNU games on ESPN+, which he posits could become a trend. He notes that most games seem to be from a handful of conferences that have the most games on the ESPN+ platform to begin with, adding: It looks like certain conferences are being targeted for this experiment. SWAC, MEAC, A-10, MAAC, MVC, WAC, Big West, OVC and Big South seem to be the conferences getting this privilege. Not the big boys, AAC or WCC. Ivy League and SoCon are involved, too.
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