ESPN kicked off its fall camp coverage at Ohio State, the national champion. ABC/ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit took the opportunity to note the network, often accused of being biased in favor of SEC teams, was giving priority attention to a Big Ten team.
I thought @espn only cared about the SEC?? Weird their first day of camp coverage is at Ohio St.?! . So much for that tired conspiracy!— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) August 10, 2015
The network has often been accused of favoring the SEC, with critics citing its ownership of the SEC Network. Herbstreit is both perhaps the sport's most respected media voice and an Ohio State graduate, giving him several perspectives to consider.
His tweet set off a round of responses, which he fielded.
Media companies devote more programming to the teams more people care about at the moment. That's usually going to be the team doing the best. It's rarely any more sinister than that. Dan Rubenstein explained all this last season, when SEC bias was a constant accusation:
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