With a Notre Dame digital network looming on the horizon, we should take this opportunity to look at some of the programing that would be necessary to fill 24 hours a day seven days a week.
While that sounds like a lot of time to fill, one must remember that the channel would not be exclusive to Notre Dame football. A network such as this could be used to give more exposure to other less watched sports.
Women's athletics could very well be the biggest beneficiary of a Notre Dame network. An increase in their already strong fan-bases would bring untapped revenue in attendance and apparel.
I asked Notre Dame Head Women's soccer Coach Randy Waldrum what impact a Notre Dame network would have on his team, which won the National Championship this past season. Coach Waldrum stated, "Having a Notre Dame network would be incredible for the University and all it's athletic programs. Now not only football would get week to week exposure but all of our Olympic sports as well."
When Skylar Diggins took the nation by storm this past March as the Lady Irish reached the NCAA Women's basketball finals, the rest of the nation saw what some Irish fans already knew. They saw Diggins incredible talent. The fact is though, that many of the people that became fans of Diggins were actually Notre Dame fans who had not been exposed to Women's hoops.
Give the people what they want, 24 hours of Notre Dame sports, history, and interviews.
Jim Sheridan is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. All quotes have been obtained firsthand unless otherwise noted. Jim can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org