I know that was in response to comments like the one Bo Pelini made about the SEC Network partnership, but, still…
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You know, I’m really digging this “SEC East’s struggles this year, outside of resurgent Georgia” line the WWL has wrapped its head around lately.
Of course, it would help immensely if the Dawgs would beat Auburn in a few weeks.
By all means, help yourselves.
- Jimbo Fisher says he’ll punish Winston “if the facts change”. What, like if there are no more baseball suspensions?
- Stewart Mandel says Georgia still has a chance.
- Cry me a river, asshole.
- Junior makes an appearance in Tennessee politics. Nice punch back, though.
- Richt, from last night’s call in show: “The coaches are REALLY being teachers, they get after ‘em, but they’re teaching. Not just yellers and screamers.” Anyone in particular you have in mind there, Coach?
- Bo Pelini wakes up to reality.
- Travis Fain’s latest good idea.
This is why they pay Desmond Howard the big bucks.
At least he’s got a bye week to hide behind next Saturday.
Alabama loses. Former Tide quarterback and current
SEC Network talking head questions Saban’s management of his offensive coordinators. Inevitable backlash from passionate Alabama fans ensues. Ditto Saban. Former Tide quarterback and current SEC Network talking head responds in predictable way, blames media.
Lesson learned: you don’t bite the hand that feeds you.
Another day, another buffet.
- Ole Miss has a fundraising campaign going to pay its SEC fine and for new goalposts.
- The next antitrust lawsuit over use of college athletes’ names and likenesses has been filed against nearly all of the national over-the-air and cable television networks that have significant live college sports programming; the five power conferences; and the nation’s two largest college-sports multi-media and marketing rights companies.
- Having to excuse subpar officiating in two conferences? Nobody said life would be easy, Steve Shaw.
- ESPN is confident it can spot the nation’s most deserving teams. (Mark May already knows that.)
- Can anything be sweeter than trolling a stupid Mike Bianchi column?
- What liberals get wrong about football.
- Another Georgia player keeps his cool in a downtown Athens bar.
Another area of haves/have-nots concern for college football is attendance.
Through five weeks, announced attendance in Football Bowl Subdivision games is down 1 percent compared to this point in 2013 and nearly 7 percent from three years ago.
The average FBS home crowd this season is 44,997, according to a CBSSports.com analysis of NCAA attendance data. That is down from 45,596 through five weeks in 2013, 47,181 in 2012 and 48,279 in 2011.
The good news for the game’s attendance health: Crowds are up 3 percent among the top 25 attendance leaders, due in part to some expanded stadiums. Seventeen of the top 25 attendance leaders experienced an increase through five weeks compared to 2013. Only 12 of the top 25 leaders in 2013 at this point had an increase from 2012.
The bad news: Many other FBS schools continue to struggle to fill seats. Outside of the top 25 attendance leaders, crowds for the remaining Power 5-conference schools are down 3 percent from 2013.
TV is a culprit, of course. So are neutral site games, which, as Solomon notes, “are continuing to increase and can produce more attractive games than season ticket-holders sometimes pay for on campus.” You’d think that would be a pretty clear hint about what the problem might be, but expecting athletic directors to use logic about the problem is evidently too much to hope for.
Besides, why worry about scheduling when you’ve got Mickey Mouse?
Increasingly, athletic departments are turning to Mickey Mouse for help on how to create a magical football experience.
Numerous schools have used the Disney Institute to reassess their football game experience. The Disney Institute is the professional development arm of The Walt Disney Company that gets hired by many industries, including healthcare, aviation, government/military, food/beverage and retail. The Disney Institute declined to identify or list the number of athletic departments that have worked with the company.
Mickey on the front end and ESPN on the back end. College football, you’re doomed.