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ESPN Aligning Itself With Yet Another Douchetastic Sports Entity: Duke

Regular readers here at the Sportress are well aware of how I have been following the sinful development of ESPN’s unholy union with the Miami Heat as the NBA season has kicked off with equal parts blinding rage and befuddled amusement. Now ESPN has turned its sights on the college ranks for its next victim which it can sink its teeth into and exploit and overhype: Duke University Blue Devils basketball and its maniacal leader, Mike Kryzevzki—…um, how do you spell that damn name again? Screw it, let’s go with Coach K. You know who I’m referring to.

Ugh.

Via ESPN Media Zone:

ESPNU All-Access: Training Days with the Duke Blue Devils will air on ESPNU and ESPN2 with an hour-long special Tuesday, Nov. 9, at 9 p.m. ET on ESPNU and Thursday, Nov. 11, at 8 p.m. on ESPN2. The Duke University men’s basketball program provided ESPN with significant access to the Blue Devils as they prepare for the upcoming season as reigning 2010 NCAA Champions. Viewers will be given a never-before seen, in-depth look at one of the most successful athletic programs in college sports history, as ESPN spent nine days with the Blue Devils, beginning with Midnight Madness Friday, Oct. 15.

ESPNU All-Access: Duke Men’s Basketball, four 30-minute specials, will be featured on ESPNU Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 1 & 2, at 4:30 p.m. and Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 3 & 4, at 7 p.m. These shows will include a behind-the-scenes look at practices, team meetings and campus facilities. SportsCenter will debut feature material starting Monday, Nov. 8, and continue daily through Thursday, Nov. 11.

Obviously, this profile of Duke University basketball pales in comparison to the lengths ESPN has gone to in exploiting the Miami Heat and LeBron James for its own selfish purposes, despite the questionable aspects inherent to the game they’re playing, but it is a slippery slope that tWWL has been operating on lately and we have to remain vigilant to ensure the network doesn’t go overboard here with the Dukies.

Ah, who am I kidding? ESPN doesn’t give two s**ts about what viewers think about anything it broadcasts. That’s been proven time and time again. Why doesn’t ESPN do a big highfalutin profile on the Yankees and the Cowboys after that? That way, it could completely corner the market on hated sports franchises?

In any event, I assume if you were to ask Dick Vitale, he would say he finds this development “Awesome with a capital A, baby!” So excited is the ESPN college basketball announcer/analyst that he has requested one of his “Diaper Dandies” to bring him a fresh pair of Depends. Dipsy-doo, pants-poop-eroo and whatnot.

ESPNU Provides a Rare Look inside at the Duke Men’s Basketball Program [ESPN Media Zone]