Hardcore college football fans across the country undoubtedly will be tuned in for the College Football Playoff. But what about casual fans outside SEC, ACC and Big 12 country?
With the Pac-12 and Big Ten not represented in the four-team playoff, a TV sports viewership analyst said interest could be tempered on the West Coast, upper Midwest and Northeast.
The campuses of Clemson, Georgia and Alabama are in close proximity in the Southeast — Clemson and Georgia are just 75 miles apart. Oklahoma is the outlier, a good day’s drive west of Alabama.
“I think it’s too regional this year,” said Jon Lewis, editor of Sports Media Watch. “That hurts in every sport — unless it’s the Super Bowl.”
I had planned on a post in praise of Barrett Sallee’s piece arguing that further playoff expansion is unjustified, but in truth, I’d just be wasting my time.
It’s seeing crap like the above normalized that makes me fully aware of the reality that I’ve already lost the playoff expansion debate, and decisively at that. The glory of college football, its greatest attribute, is its unabashed regional appeal. That appeal is being tossed aside because the morons running the sport are convinced that ESPN knows best as it directs their attention towards the casual fan. I don’t use the term morons casually here; these are the same people who have debased the value of college basketball’s regular season by mining March Madness for casual fans like they were loose change stuck in the cushions of the NCAA’s couch.
You’d think the Delanys and Sankeys would know better. The problem isn’t that they don’t. It’s that they think they do.