“The protection of Mickey Mouse is ESPN.”

This New York Times piece on the influence and power of the WWL is a must read, which means it’s an incredibly depressing article.

This is power:

The extent of ESPN’s influence over college football is literally displayed on the face of your ticket to next week’s game. Tickets to most games are printed with the date and the opponent’s name, but something is missing: the kickoff time. That is because ESPN, under its contracts with conferences, has the right to set kickoff times and wait until 12 days before game day, or in some cases only six, to inform universities.

This is one way you keep power (besides ladling out the big bucks, of course):

Underscoring ESPN’s special relationship with college football is the fact that it created and owns the software used for scheduling games. The online portal, known as the Pigskin Access Scheduling System, or PASS, is now used by virtually all conferences and colleges, as well as competing networks. Generally, the colleges work together to set up nonconference matchups, but sometimes they reach out to ESPN for a suggestion, or even to play matchmaker.

And this is one sign the schools appreciate that “special relationship”:

Quick scheduling turnarounds can be logistically challenging for university officials. Still, many athletic directors echoed Jay Jacobs of Auburn, who said, “It works very well for us now that we’re used to it.”

Glad that worked out for you, Jay.

Again, you need to read the whole thing, but you might want to do so on an empty stomach.  Especially if you’re a fan of a mid-major program.

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3 responses to ““The protection of Mickey Mouse is ESPN.”

  1. 69Dawg

    Hell I have some old ticket stubs that did not even have the date of the game on them. This is not new it has been around for a long time. I’m still surprised that UGA has refused to play on Thursdays.

    • Chuck

      It may not be news, but ESPN is still the debbil.

      I am glad I get to watch games on TV, so maybe I am the enabler of this mischief. I know that 40 years ago the game day experience was more pleasant for me than it is now – when I had tickets, but even watching from the tracks was decent – and I don’t see it getting any better. Tailgating is better now than then, I guess. :(

  2. Mike Cooley

    There needs to be an a
    Ternate e to Espin. There’s no reason it can’t happen in the future. They have far too much power.