This is interesting and points to the law of unintended consequences: the Southeastern Conference is having trouble getting people in the seats at basketball games. So whose fault is it?
Why, ESPN's. With everyone able to watch the games at home and read about spring football and recruiting, basketball is just sort of unnecessary. And outside of Kentucky, Vanderbilt and Florida of late, no one has figured out how to sell the game.
Next year, the SEC Network starts up and will broadcast pretty much everything, which is causing even more worry. Football has some long term issues to deal with including concussions and parents who no longer are happy with football as a sport for kids. It'll be interesting to see how the two sports develop, not to mention how they're delivered electronically.
The suggestion of Bob Knight entertaining SEC fans though is pretty funny. Nothing Knight'd like better than indulging some ignorant fans.