Overexposed! (Clap) (Clap) (Clap, clap, clap)

From 1983, here’s a great catch by Bill Connelly:

The men who head the sports divisions of ABC and CBS say the networks did not do well financially in their telecasts of NCAA football games last season. “We had the worst year financially in our history for college football,” said Jim Spence, president of ABC Sports. CBS Sports President Neal Pilson said the situation was the same for his network. The network officials, meeting in Oregon, blamed the lack of profits on overexposure and too high a price tag for the right to show the games …

To paraphrase an old joke, how can you tell when a TV exec is lying?

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6 responses to “Overexposed! (Clap) (Clap) (Clap, clap, clap)

  1. Cojones

    But doesn’t your reasoning follow the same line (overexposure) when advocating a 4-team playoff instead of an 8-team playoff? Just asking.

  2. Cojones

    Four teams are as much an “overexposure of CFB” (two more games to the NC) as eight teams (three more games). Will the selection happen before or after the Rose Bowl/ Championship Bowls are played? Will the 4 team selection reduce the number of bowl games played? The answer to those questions have a lot to do with how many additional games will be played (and goes to the “overexposure” inference).

    The “overexposure” statement in 1983 dosen’t hold any truer today concerning more games. The greater number televised in 1983 only added to an increased appetite for CFB. In my book use of the word to describe the near future has no more validity than when the tv execs uttered it.

    Have I missed your entire inference here?

    • Cojones

      I realize that they probably were lying; that they made boucou bucks, but I used it as an excuse to attack the word “overexposure” as applied to numbers of college games before it became a “slippery slope”.

  3. No One Knows You're a Dawg

    “The Justice Department yesterday urged Supreme Court Justice Byron White not to stay a lower court order which nullified the NCAA’s existing television contracts and opened the way for colleges to make their own TV deals.”

    Why did the (Reagan) Justice Dept. get involved and take a side and why did it support the individual schools over the NCAA?