The Tv issue is a sore spot with me, because it shows the detachment the front office has from the actual fanbase. The whole "call your provider" thing really works my last nerve. Only time I was able to watch us consistently was our first two years when we were idiotically on News 14. Then the on-campus UNC cable system switched over to DirecTV. I went without them from then until this year and finally, with the help of Steve Martin, I was finally able to see the games on Fox Sports 647-1 and 650-1 on DirecTV... BUT, then the night of the Pacers game before the all-star break, I got hit with the blackout message again on each channel (I now live in the Raleigh metro area - Clayton). I had been getting all the games prior, and now back to square one.
Until the Cats decide to reach out to fans and show they care, then casual fans won't care either. They're putting too much work on the fans to connect with them.
When I was growing up in Fayetteville we got the Hornets game on a completely rinky-dink, non-affilated channel that was the only local channel in Fayetteville. ALL OF THEM. We got stuff like "LJ'S Cookies" in local Harris-Teeters... All that. The Bobcats have never, in their entire existence, reached out to fans statewide like that. That is what is missing.
And now that everyone suspects that the name change is coming, I think it gives people pause before buying anymore Cats merchandise. I almost bought a HOT fitted in neon orange from Lids, but I didn't because of the likelihood of their change and because it was Adidas brand. Regardless, unless they reach out to the state and on a larger level regionally, they are not going to improve anything simply with a name change. Their product has to be available to fans statewide and it's up to them to fix it.