The lack of coverage in the local media (ND or otherwise) has been a confounding issue with me since the return to the CCHA in 1992. There was a little uptick when Jackson arrived and jump-started the team in 2006 but that never really amounted to much more than articles on games, a pre-season look and the (very) occasional feature story.
Starting in the 2014-2015 season our attendance really began to flounder, with lots of games in the 3000 range (none in the first 3 years of the CFIA and most in the high 4000s or sellouts) and lots of dubious attendance numbers to go along with that. Are the Observer and the Tribune providing the coverage that the public wants to consume, or is the public losing interest because no one covers it?
Even at best, the lack of true in-depth coverage was always an issue. A player would need to miss multiple weekends before we got news of the absence. A near-complete dearth of strategy talk or explanations of gameplay. And zero coverage of the sport outside of actual Notre Dame games or players (imagine if you would Tom Noie or other SBT writers completely ignoring what's happening around the ACC or other big NCAA topics).
Living 4 hours away I wish it were different, but like a lot of things about Notre Dame, I have grown to accept it. I hope Notre Dame realizes they have to accept my growing apathy for their athletic programs.