TFW you gotta shill for The Man

Fox Sports personality wants us to know his employer is out there, working for us, even if we don’t appreciate it like he does.

I don’t know about you, but I feel better already.  Thanks, Joel!

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36 responses to “TFW you gotta shill for The Man

  1. Especially weird take when you consider that Klatt’s own alma mater is about to be left for dead in the stripped-for-parts PAC-12 [sic].

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  2. Doggoned

    Yeah, let’s maximize that potential.

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  3. timberridgedawg

    That’s what NASCAR said.

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  4. munsoning

    Empty suit explains all.

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  5. 81Dog

    All we are to them is suckers consuming a product that is a bridge for ad sales to them. Of course media people whose job is to bloviate about “the product” want more product to bloviate about.

    Just as tv supplanted radio as an engine for cash, and cable supplanted TV, streaming is about to supplant cable. The end result will excise most of the traditions of CFB that made most of us love it, but millenials don’t care about all that. Remains to be seen if they’ll care about whatever all this is once the cash is doled out. The market isn’t only ever going up. Sonetimes, the Balloon bursts.

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    • 81, please explain why streaming will take out the traditions of CFB. I don’t understand how that’s the case. They don’t really show anything that happens at the stadium you would consider as tradition.

      I hate streaming even with fiber at my home, so if the sport moves to a subscription only model, I doubt I’ll be watching much college football. Radio and some highlights will probably have to do for me.

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      • 81Dog

        They break up the rivalries to accommodate superconferences. Good bye, annual AU game. Goodbye, SECC. Hello, Tuesday-Friday games! Hello, 10am Saturday games! Hello, stupid rule changes to minit game times so we can fit more games in tighter windows.

        Media people will do/insist on what mekes money. Maybe we bail out of the Jax game. If not, it’s strictly money, but the minute the xash needle drops, aloha.

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        • Got it. Thanks.

          The rivalries thing is the one that sticks in this soon-to-be (if this goes where we think it will) former fan’s craw. I also hate the proposed clock rules to shorten games. If Georgia ever played a home game on a Thursday night, you would have to leave Atlanta the day before to miss the traffic.

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        • bucketheridge

          Streaming services would actually be more likely to shorten games the old fashioned way, by eliminating TV timeouts.

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          • No way does ESPN/Disney refuse to monetize stoppages of play.

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          • 81Dog

            Ads are an easy way to make money for broadcasters. There is already an established market for it. People are used to dealing with them. HBOMax has an ad-free tier…but it costs 50% more than with ads. Netfilx, apparently, is about to do the same. You like ad free? Get out your wallet? You want a discount off that price? OK, but here are some ads.

            Maybe there is a more expensive ad free tier for streamers, but no way Amazon, ESPN, or anyone else is walking away from the chance for that sweeeeeeet ad mone, imo.

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  6. I thought Kirk Herbstreit was an empty suit. I guess Klatt is just an empty head.

    Anyone who thinks this is good for the sport has a monetary interest in the outcome.

    It’s interesting how the national media is fawning all over this. I don’t see many local media types coming out and saying how great this will be.

    I really hope all of the schools out west decide to tell USC and UCLA that they will never play them again in any sport. Frankly, I hope the former Big 12 schools do the same thing to Texas & Oklahoma.

    As this has gone on, I detest more where this is going every day.

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  7. bucketheridge

    Anyone who refers to college football as a “product” has lost any connection to what made college football wonderful.

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    • 79dawg

      Indeed – there is/was something transcendent about CFB – tradition, regionalism, rivalries, the allure of amateurism, among others – that made it more than just a “product”. Oh well!

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  8. MGW

    “Don’t worry, fan; I’ll make way more money.”

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  9. stoopnagle

    I don’t understand the insistence on CFB being a national sport (whatever that means?) it has always been a regional sport and it’s done just fine. Too well, I guess at this point.

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    • stoopnagle

      I’m pretty sure concentrating attention on fewer teams is not growing the sport.

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    • National sport – appealing to those in New York, Boston, Chicago, Washington DC, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Seattle.

      Regional sport – one that appeals to people in rural areas and the south

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      • 79dawg

        That would be these people, right??? Explains it all really….

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      • miltondawg

        I would expand on your definition of national sport only slightly. Appealing to those in NY, Boston, Chicago, etc. that are casual college football fans at best and pro football fans. Tapping into the casual college football fans and getting pro football fans in places in the northeast and left coast to care enough about college football to watch/stream is the idea behind making it more national and less regional.

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        • Do most people who live in those places with no tie to a college football team really care? I don’t see NFL fans in those places becoming Saturday fans as well. For instance, I have little to no desire to watch the NFL. I imagine a lot of NFL fans in the northeast in particular to become interested in the college game.

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          • Not to become interested

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          • miltondawg

            I’m not suggesting that they will care more. To me the fallacy of this whole nationalization of the sport is that casual fans in NYC or Boston will pay more attention in significant enough numbers because there are more/better matchups like USC vs. Michigan the second weekend of October or Texas vs. Georgia in third weekend in September. Will they get more eyeballs throughout a typical season from some rabid Lions fan in the Detroit area because Michigan, who this person pulls for casually as a nearby resident but isn’t deeply invested in, play bigger and better games more often and have fewer matchups with Ball State? Sure, I can believe that. The point I am getting at is that I have a hard time following the reasoning that having more Oklahoma vs. Florida type of games in the regular season is going to move the needle in the number significant enough to justify the new GoR deals for rabid season ticket holder for the Patriots in Shrewsbury, MA or casual college football fan in Idaho Springs, CO who only watches games when the weather sucks or has nothing better to do on a Saturday afternoon other than get high and watch TV.

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            • I personally don’t think any of these fans are going to watch more college football. I also don’t believe the cupcakes are going away because the “super league” teams aren’t going to schedule 12 games against each other.

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      • bucketheridge

        I don’t think this is correct. Regionalism was about local rivalries and conference/regional identity. The Midwest was where the big lines and backs dominated in nasty weather. The West Coast teams threw the ball around in the California sun. The Southern teams out athleted everyone in the brutal humidity. It was all hyperbolic and stereotypical, but there was a lot of truth to it. And what made it really fun was that most of the time you only had glimpses of just who was better than who. You’d spend all season debating what’d happen if Miami and Washington got to play, and then continued that debate for years when they didn’t.

        The biggest culprit in all of this, aside from the money, is the extreme focus on the national championship and the playoff. That’s what has nationalized the sport more than anything.

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  10. bucketheridge

    Perhaps someone should point out to these people that believe this will just evolve into a version of the NFC and AFC that college football doesn’t have a draft and that the member schools won’t all be fully invested in winning football games. The idea that two super conferences will be analogous to a professional league is foolish and is just another example of how little those who believe that know about college football.

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  11. godawgs1701

    Joel Klatt is stupid enough to be a conference commissioner.

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  12. whb209

    …. & stronger governance…
    What in the hell does that mean?

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  13. archiecreek

    Klatt is ’bout as sharp as a bowling ball.
    College football is, and always has been regional. Bowl games made it national. Get rid of bowl games in favor of playoff games? Too many bowl games now. Has watered down the importance. Would playoff games in lieu of bowl games make it more interesting?? Possible.

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    • If you’re going to do this, give schools back at least a portion of the spring practice they lost over the years. Many teams “lose” money on their bowl appearance because of the need for those bowl practices to look at players for the next year and to work on their fundamentals.

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  14. TripleB

    So now they are not only doing it “for the kids,” but also “for the fans.” I feel better already.

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  15. jcdawg83

    NASCAR applauds the direction college football is going. Take a sport that is wildly popular in something close to half the country, change everything about it to try and attract some of the other half of the country that currently cares little about it. This plan worked great for NASCAR, didn’t it?

    What is the over/under on years before college stadiums begin removing large numbers of seats like many of the tracks in NASCAR have done?

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  16. uga97

    Pulling up a good game on my subsrcription app which easily broadcasts to a big hd screen, wherever I am in the world at that moment toe meets leather, is Regional enough for me.

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  17. munsoning

    Blogs like this one conclusively prove that CFB is regional, not national. Anybody here visit regularly and comment on a national CFB blog, if such a blog exists?

    Sure, I’ll watch Michigan v. tOSU if it’s on at noon and all the other nooners suck. But I have no clue how Michigan’s or tOSU’s offseason is going. I know what’s going on in Athens, and I know what’s going on in Hogtown, Gumptown, LuluandJuniortown, et al.

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