Gap this.

Amid the tongue bath Dennis Dodd lavishes on college football in this ridiculous piece (“Off the field, [the NFL] was a swirling disappointment.” –  Seriously, college football, you want to throw those kind of rocks?) you’ll find this rather depressing comment from Arizona State’s AD:

“I think it’s reasonable when you have the College Football Playoff and results from the first year,” said Ray Anderson, Arizona State’s AD. “We can at least reduce the gap between us and the NFL. In the long term who knows which product may be more appealing to the consumer?”

Anderson comes from the ranks of the NFL (he used to be employed by the Falcons), so he knows from where he speaks.  Except who gives a shit about college football closing the gap with the NFL?

Sadly, I think we all know who does.

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34 responses to “Gap this.

  1. Lrgk9

    Shared sentiments Bluto.

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  2. Macallanlover

    Arizona is more of an NFL market than a college dominated market. This is more the norm around the country, but to hear an AD make these comments shows how far the WWL/money approach has penetrated. The CFB playoffs will generate great excitement, and will get better when it gets to 8, but emulating the NFL model should never be the driver. The only way “NFL'” should be mentioned on a room with “CFB Playoffs” is to state the need to not ever become like them.

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    • Yes, sure, but by implementing a playoff the NCAA was implicitly (or if you are of the more conspiratorial bent, intentionally) following the NFL model. The only place for the current college football “model” to go IS NFL territory.

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  3. Jack Klompus

    Closing the gap on a shitty product? Couldn’t give 2 turds about the Super Bowl tomorrow.

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  4. Beer Money

    What these folks do not seem to grasp is that college football (for time being at least) is infinitely more interesting than the NFL just scheme-wise alone. You can turn on an east coast game at 12 noon on a Saturday that will look like a completely different sport almost than what you might see in a late night west coast tilt. In the NFL, every team pretty much runs some variation of the same offense and same defense. Every so often, you see some flash of the college game (Wildcat, spread, pistol, etc.), but then teams quickly figure out a way to defend it and it usually dies. Even though the level of play in the NFL trumps that of the college game, it just doesn’t seem as entertaining as an overall product.

    In addition to this, the traditions, pageantry, and quirkiness of the college game outweighs anything in the NFL. What in the NFL resembles rolling a tree with toilet paper after a win, rubbing a rock on the way on to the field, or pissing on a wall at Grant Field? You just don’t see that in the stale corporate sterile NFL. You just don’t.

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    • Sums it up pretty well. College rocks. Pros suck.

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      • Nate Dawg

        True Dat. When Seattle scored their first TD on that fake-fg-pass-to-linemen I thought “wow, that looked like something from a college game” and strangely enough that’s when that game finally went from boring to interesting for me. College is so much buttah.

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  5. Agree with the above comments. Love college football, it is part of who I am. Could not care less about the NFL.

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  6. Scorpio Jones, III

    Again I ask….what will the NFL do when they realize their farm system is outdrawing their product.

    Should be interesting.

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    • PTC DAWG

      Link to support?

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      • PTC DAWG

        Fanny’s in seats yes, but I took this thread to be about TV and eyeballs/ad sales $$$$$. I have been wrong before though, once. 🙂

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        • Scorpio Jones, III

          You could check the TV audience (s) for the college football playoffs and for the championship game, which is what the ad prices are based on.

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          • PTC DAWG

            NFL Wild Card games draw more eyeballs.

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          • PTC DAWG

            Sunday’s NFC Wild Card Playoff game between the Dallas Cowboys and Detroit Lions broadcast on FOX was the network’s second-highest rated Wild Card game in terms of viewership on record, reports Sports Business Daily’s Austin Karp.

            The game, won by Dallas 24-20, had 25.0 overnight rating. Final viewership numbers should be released later Monday.

            The Lions-Cowboys game is only topped by last year’s Wild Card playoff game between the Green Bay Packers and San Francisco 49ers, which had a 27.7 overnight rating and was watched by an estimated 47.1 million viewers

            Compared to this..

            15.2 rating 28.27M viewers
            8:30 PM Ohio State/Alabama
            Sugar Bowl (Semifinal #2) ESPN

            14.8 rating 28.16M viewers
            5:00 PM FSU/Oregon
            Rose Bowl (Semifinal #1) ESPN

            18.6 rating 34.15M viewers
            8:30 PM Ohio State/Oregon
            National Championship Game ESPN ‘Megacast’

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  7. jflach2014

    And the young men who lay it on the line making for such a popular and lucrative enterprise are not getting paid for their efforts commensurate with their investment in and value added to the product.

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  8. Gravidy

    The gap between college football and the NFL can’t be too big for me.

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  9. PTC DAWG

    I enjoy both for different reasons..l never have understood the angst shown by some about the NFL.

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    • Scorpio Jones, III

      I don’t have angst about pro football, I just don’t care about it. If someone does care about pro football there is no need to defend caring as far as I am concerned. I like Sibelius, I could not care less if somebody else prefers The Grateful Dead.

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      • Gravidy

        Me too, Scorp. I don’t despise the NFL. It just bores me.

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        • Nate Dawg

          If you don’t mind me chiming in…for me it’s about craftsmanship and withdrawels. The playoffs start, it helps me with my withdrawels of college being done. Then watching Brady or Manning (although I don’t really like Manning all that much) is like watching an expert painter paint or Slash play guitar, etc. It’s the expertise involved and it can be amazing. I mean Seattle’s secondary is really good & they’ll hit ya too. Can be fun to watch if you just love football.
          Otherwise, yes the NFL – especially the regular season – is purdy dang boring and I’d much rather be taken down to the Paradise City.

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          • SLASH playing guitar!! I admire and read your comments Mr. Nate, but I cannot allow the implication of one Slash GnR Slash with string artistry to pass! (Though, to be fair, I am partial to “I Used To Love Her”)

            But, then again, to each his own so I’ll just abide.

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  10. Russ

    Sad, but not surprising. If I wanted to watch the NFL, I would. Why does a college AD think we want this?

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    • DawgPhan

      why would they think that?

      hmmmm…..

      maybe it has to do with the years and years of fans begging to become more like the nfl (playoff).

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      • Russ

        No, I’m a victim, dammit! Stop blaming me!

        Yeah, you’re right. We have asked for this, but can I get a mulligan? Can I go back to Oklahoma/UGA vs NCAA and just say “nevermind”?

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  11. Red Cup

    What is this NFL you speak of?

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  12. Kruger

    Football is dying anyway. In 50 years, few people will care about either one.

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    • Gurkha Dawg

      Why so? Is it the new studies on brain injury?

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      • Kruger

        That’s certainly a part of it. But injuries in general are just much more severe and much more common in football than most sports. As time goes on and the general public becomes more aware and more wise to the life long effects of the game, less people are going to want to participate. We’re already seeing a significant decrease in the number of kids playing the game.

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        • Yea, I played in high school,but am not letting my sons play. They are average talent wise, I don’t know how I would feel if they were D1 material. I enjoy seeing the big hits but they are causing life changing injuries. Does that make me a hypocrite? Probably. So yea, your last sentence is 100% true.

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          • PTC DAWG

            Not sure I understand keeping kids from doing something you probably enjoyed as a youth. But hey, they are your kids…

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            • I grew in the 60’s and can give you a long list of things me and my friends ( 8 to 14 yrs old ) did that if I let my kids do today DFACS would be giving me a visit. Riding bikes everywhere including some very rough areas. Playing in storm sewers, pretending they were forts. A 11 yr old friend of mine was killed doing this when a flash flood unexpectedly happened. Fishing is the local river at a time some very rough folks hung around the river. When 10 yr old jumping off a RR trestle into the canal. I can go on and on. It’s just a different world today.

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