Category Archives: College Football

“It is becoming increasingly clear that the wheels are falling off of satellite TV.”

An alert reader passed this Bloomberg article on to me.  There’s some ominous news if you’re a content delivery service.  Your business model is showing some severe cracks.

Barring a major fourth-quarter comeback, 2017 is on course to be the worst year for conventional pay-TV subscriber losses in history, surpassing last year’s 1.7 million, according to Bloomberg Intelligence. That figure doesn’t include online services like DirecTV Now. Even including those digital plans, the five biggest TV providers are projected to have lost 469,000 customers in the third quarter.

AT&T sank 6.1 percent, the biggest one-day loss since November 2008. Dish, which also provides satellite service, declined 5.1 percent. Viacom dropped 2.5 percent while AMC Networks Inc. fell 6.8 percent after Guggenheim Securities LLC downgraded the two stocks to neutral from buy.

Before you get all doomsday on college football’s and ESPN’s respective futures, though, don’t miss the key paragraph in that article:

Dallas-based AT&T is pushing headlong into TV programming by acquiring HBO and CNN owner Time Warner Inc. in an $85.4 billion deal. Chief Executive Officer Randall Stephenson has argued that the acquisition will let AT&T create compelling video packages for mobile subscribers and provide valuable targeting information for advertisers.

Content is still king and as long as ESPN keeps paying for live college football, it’s going to continue to be the 800-pound gorilla we all know and love.  It’s not overpaying for broadcast rights if that’s the one way to ensure it remains relevant from a marketing standpoint.

We still crave our college football and we’re still willing to pay to satisfy our craving.  Sure, there may be questions about how we’ll see Lee Corso don the mascot’s helmet in the future, but as long as it keeps shelling out the big bucks, Mickey ain’t going anywhere soon.

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The family that celebrates touchdowns together…

It took seven overtimes to do it, but Western Michigan beat Buffalo yesterday, 71-68.  As you can imagine, there’s plenty of crazy shit from it, but here’s the topper:

The “gimme the car keys, Mom” moment at the end of the clip is perfect.

How much shit do you think he took for that in the locker room after the game?

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“It’s going to be a rough two weeks.”

I know I risk coming off like a heartless bastard for what I’m about to post, but I don’t see how you can write an article like this without mentioning this.

Nobody likes hearing dad or hubby criticized publicly, but that comes with the territory, especially when the address is in the $4 million a year zip code.

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You can throw all the other answers away.

USA Today asks its college football writers to suggest one thing to improve college football.  There are some nice responses in the group, but as far as I’m concerned, George Schroeder had the only one that was right.

College football is tremendous entertainment. It doesn’t need much in the way of fixing. But games take too long. The answer isn’t to trim away action, but to reduce the length and number of commercial breaks. You want a faster-paced game that fits neatly into a three-hour window? If that’s so important, don’t alter the game — cut back on the ads.

Brothers and sisters, can I get an amen?

Oh, I know it’ll never happen, but, damn, it’s refreshing just to hear somebody in the national media come out and say it.

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When one-for-two still works

The most heads up play you’ll see in a while happened yesterday.

The best part of that is how casual the refs are after the second attempt sails through.  “Good?… sure, why the hell not.”

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Give the people what they want.

In explaining that there’s no good reason to blame Notre Dame fans for accommodating the desire of our fan base to show up in South Bend, Michael Elkon makes an excellent point that college football’s decision makers ignore at their own risk.

Additionally, the reaction of Dawg fans to the chance to travel to South Bend is a reminder that there is huge, untapped demand among big college football fan bases to see their teams play other elite programs on the road and not at NFL stadiums.

One way to illustrate this point is to look at how the most popular programs have never visited one another. Here are the top 10 in attendance from 2016: Michigan, Ohio State, Texas A&M, Alabama, LSU, Tennessee, Penn State, Texas, Georgia, and Nebraska. There are 90 potential home-and-home combinations among those teams. In over a century of football, 33 of these matchups have never happened. That’s a bevy of road trips that big fan bases have never gotten to take.  [Emphasis added.]

Put Saturday’s game in some sterile environment like Jerry World and I guarantee you never would have heard stories about Georgia fans taking over Dallas.  Sure, there would have been plenty of folks from around here to make the trip, but the cachet of seeing one of college football’s storied environments would have been missing.

As the highlighted portion of Michael’s piece indicates, college football has this treasure trove of matchups it could mine.  What happened last weekend should be an indication that it should make a concerted effort to do so.  If even Greg McGarity could make something like that happen, any program should be able to do it.

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“So, what’s a fall bride to do?”

I’d say reschedule.

There are a few things to come to terms with once a fall wedding date is set in stone. First, don’t be surprised if your football-crazed guests send their regrets. Sure, Barbara and Tommy had a tough conversation about to handle the South Carolina vs. Georgia rivalry that weekend, but ultimately, their season tickets trumped your ceremony. Don’t take it too personally.

If making a friend choose between SEC football and your wedding isn’t personal, I’m not sure what qualifies.  Friends don’t make friends choose like that.  But if you must, even from your most loyal of mates, don’t expect them to act like normal wedding guests.

Second, guests missing a game, no matter how big or small, are going to search for a way to keep up with the score. They’re Southern football fans, after all. They can’t help but crave a play-by-play. It’s up to you to determine how important it is to save them from feeling compelled to stream the game during your first dance. Less traditional brides may be open to a television by the bar for important games only, but we will warn you that this tends to draw the crowd away from the dance floor. Others might consider more creative ways to update guests, like incorporating a well designed scoreboard into your reception décor or requesting intermittent score announcements from the band. Best yet, if you think guests can resist their smartphones during your celebration, record the game and host a watch party after the reception.

“A well designed scoreboard into your reception décor”?  Well, at least you’d give them a memorable reception experience.  I suspect they’d be talking about that for a while.

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