Category Archives: College Football

Tuesday morning buffet

A little of this, a little of that and pretty soon you’ve got a full buffet.

  • Kirby puts the brakes on the “Deangelo Gibbs is back” talk.
  • If you’re interested, there’s already a lot of movement on some of the early lines for the first week of college football.
  • Florida and TAMU are sponsoring what is sure to be called the Freeze Rule.
  • Here’s a look at the number of quarterback pressures generated by SEC defenses last season.  You’ll be shocked, shocked to learn that Alabama led the conference.
  • It sounds like Todd McNair’s attorneys outsmarted themselves.  No doubt the NCAA will take a win any way it can get one, though.
  • Is it just me, or does it seem like those endless preseason watch lists come out earlier and earlier?
  • Wait a minute — it is a “possibility” that Stetson Bennett could earn a scholarship if he stays with the program?  Thought this kid was a dead lock, SEC-ready beast.  Kirby’s sales pitch: “I certainly respect what he has done this far for the University of Georgia and he’s a really good student as well. We’re selling him on the University of Georgia education.”  Not seeing a lot of playing time in there, but then I’m not as good at reading between the lines as some of you guys are.
  • Florida won the SEC All-Sports Award for a 12th consecutive year and for the 26th time in 27 years.  Georgia, by virtue of having the best showing in women’s sports, finished second.


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The next wrinkle in conference expansion?

There may be gold in them ‘thar sports books, pardnah.

The NBA and Major League Baseball are already pursuing the so-called integrity fee, a percentage of the amount bet that’s cloaked as payments to maintain integrity and oversight of their sport in each state.

“Neither the NCAA or any conferences have joined them,” Rodenberg said, “but perhaps they will.”

Of course they will. There’s too much money at stake, not to mention too much existing debt and too many escalating costs.

And because the Power Five control college football, not the NCAA — thank you, SCOTUS — they could be free to pursue their own integrity fees just as they cut their own TV deals.

Imagine each conference collecting one percent of the total handle (i.e., amount wagered) on football games in states throughout its footprint.

(Also think about the potential impact on realignment: Smaller schools in big-handle states could become more desirable. By 2030, Buffalo just might be a member of the SEC.)

Dunno about Buffalo, but I’d keep an eye on what the Big Ten may reap from Rutgers and a potential New Jersey integrity fee over the next few years.  If that pans out favorably, I can’t imagine Greg Sankey’s willing to leave that kind of money on the table for too long, even if the SEC gets to dip its wick in Mississippi’s doing something similar.  If not, there’s no telling where the SEC goes.

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I don’t often do requests…

… but Uglydawg asked nicely, and it is a slow day, so here goes:

We make fun of GT’s “Two hotdogs and two cokes” (or whatever it was) promotion.

Maybe give your bloggers  an opportunity to assign appropriate ticket “packages” to match other schools (perceived) fan bases.

Someone may respond, for instance, “Kentucky,  two bourbons on the rocks, a box of KFC and basketball schedule”

I recently poked fun at Tennessee with “Four beers, four pickled eggs and a can of Skoal”.

Have at it.  And try to keep it clean, you scamps.


Filed under College Football, GTP Stuff

Today, in eyeballs

The next time somebody tells you an all SEC national title game would be a complete ratings disaster, set ’em straight.

The 2018 College Football Playoff (CFP) National Championship Presented by AT&T between Georgia and Alabama on ESPN delivered the second biggest audience in cable television history, solidifying the College Football Playoff’s place in history as a ratings juggernaut with the four biggest TV audiences in cable history and seven of the top 10.  This year’s game produced a total live audience* of 29,932,000 viewers. The inaugural CFP game on ESPN in 2015 between Ohio State and Oregon remains No. 1 with 33,395,000 viewers.

And the next time somebody complains about there being too many bowl games…

The 39 postseason college bowl games on ABC, CBS, ESPN, ESPN2, FOX and FS1 at the conclusion of the 2017 season averaged 5,308,000 viewers per game (representing an 8 percent increase over last season and a 3 percent increase from two years ago) while reaching 122 million unique fans† on television. (The figures include the Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl, which was played at the FCS level, but not the AutoNation Cure Bowl and the Nova Home Loans Arizona Bowl, both telecast on CBSSN, which is not rated by Nielsen Media.)

Mickey’s certainly getting his money’s worth.

(h/t, believe it or not)


Filed under College Football, ESPN Is The Devil

“I’d be the first to vote for that.”

Amen to this:

The 2018 spring football takeaway: Spring football should be taken away.

Do not return until changes include intercollegiate spring games.

Or at least some facsimile. A controlled scrimmage open to the public. Doubleheaders featuring four teams and a pair of two-quarter games, which Tennessee athletic director Philip Fulmer recently suggested.

A jamboree format over two days.

When you’ve got agreement along the spectrum from Dabo to Fulmer (!), there’s gotta be something to having a more meaningful spring game than the pablum we get now.

Why, do it right, and I doubt you’d have to get Kirby making any noise about #93k.  A big, enthusiastic spring crowd without needing to resort to contractual condom commitments should be right up McGarity’s alley.

Let’s fix this, NCAA.


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Today, in why we can’t have nice things

I can’t help but compare what I posted yesterday about Adam Silver’s savvy moves to keep broadcasters and the NBA’s viewing audience involved with this:

A significant change is a 40-second clock starting immediately after a kickoff. Previously, teams had a chance to huddle on the sideline before the official’s signal. Now, that opportunity is greatly reduced unless the game is televised and a TV timeout comes into effect[Emphasis added.]

Which is pretty much every game you and I watch, no?

Sometimes, I don’t know why the people running this sport even bother.


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“It’s a trade-off for our marketing partners.”

I am truly amazed NBA Commissioner Adam Silver was able to pull this off.

From last season to this one, based in large part on the data we gathered, we changed the format of our game. We went from a possible 18 time-outs to 14 time-outs, we standardized the length of the time-outs, and we shortened halftime by a few minutes. And we made additional changes to the commercial format, because we were able to see exactly where we were losing fans.

S+B: Where were you losing them?

SILVER: Not surprisingly, we lose the highest number of fans when we move off live action, especially at halftime. And we lose fans at every commercial break. So we’re experimenting, with Turner and ESPN, with not leaving the arena completely during commercial breaks, and instead having a split screen, where we stay with the huddle at the same time we show an ad.

That’s right, he was able to convince the networks to shear off some commercial breaks.  How?

… On the one hand, they’d like the full attention of a viewer. On the other hand, they might prefer to keep all of the viewers and find ways to create connections with their products and engage directly with the game.

Our games are roughly two hours and 15 minutes, but the average viewer is watching for approximately 50 minutes. We know that the most efficient way to increase our ratings is not to find someone who isn’t watching at all, but to take those people who are watching an average of 50 minutes and get them to watch 55 minutes. And that’s where changes in the presentations — finding other ways to engage fans, creating other data fields for our viewers, or using different audio experiences like player mics, or different camera angles — can help increase our ratings.

He had a persuasive argument and sufficient clout to sell this.  Again, color me amazed.

And, yeah, I get Jason Kirk’s point that every sport could learn a little something here, but can you think of a single person running a conference or the NCAA who has both the sense and the confidence to walk into CBS, Fox or ESPN and sell something like it?  Sadly, I can’t… at least not without laughing first.


Filed under College Football, ESPN Is The Devil, It's Just Bidness