I’m surprised this story hasn’t gotten more attention yet.
The San Diego Chargers’ and Oakland Raiders’ plan to become the teams that move to Los Angeles received a big boost Wednesday when Disney chairman and CEO Robert Iger agreed to oversee their bid to build a stadium.
CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora and Sports Business Journal’s Daniel Kaplan reported the agreement early Wednesday morning, and it was confirmed later in the day.
Citing sources, La Canfora wrote that Iger will become chairman of the teams’ bid to build a stadium in Carson, Calif., and the move could propel the Chargers and Raiders to begin play in the Los Angeles market as early as the 2016 season.
Chargers and Raiders executives, along with execs from other NFL clubs, are in New York for a “significant” meeting with NFL officials on Wednesday.
Iger will remain as Disney’s chairman and CEO, but will also become the non-executive chairman of Carson Holdings, LLC, and oversee all major initiatives with the venture, including stadium design and naming rights as well as fan experience. Iger will also be responsible for guiding construction and operation of the stadium.
I mean, how sweet is that for the Chargers and Raiders?
And, no, I don’t expect a college to make a similar move… but I could sure see the CFP folks pulling a stunt like that down the road if they feel the need for some extra juice.
The selection committee spewed forth its first set of rankings last night. The nation yawned as the committee’s master gave itself a major woody fawning over a bunch of ultimately irrelevant information. So, I guess you’d have to say from the perspective of those running college football, it was a huge success.
Man, it’s gonna be a long two months.
Random off-week tidbits for your dining pleasure:
- Nick Chubb’s surgery is scheduled for next week. “Optimistic” seems to be the word of the day about that.
- Anybody wanna bet that Carl Lawson is back in time for Auburn’s game with Georgia?
- Both teams will be wearing the home jerseys in Jacksonville again. Me likee.
- Texas has reached a 15-year agreement with Nike expected to pay upwards of $200 million. The Patterson rebranding pays off!
- Any blog sporting the mantra “life’s too short to eat bad BBQ.” is going to get a nod from me. Here’s a nice post that ought to be of interest to any Georgia fan planning on going to the Cocktail Party via St. Simons.
- And here’s another young Georgia blogger getting started.
- Brady Hoke second-guessing Jim Harbaugh is about as rich as it gets.
- Florida has 216 people show up to try out for the walk-on kicker cast call. “As long as they can flip it up there through the uprights, I’m good with it,” McElwain said Wednesday during the SEC coaches teleconference.
- Here’s an update on some of Georgia’s walking wounded.
- ESPN announces cuts of about 4% of its workforce; CEO says its “part of a broad strategy to ensure we’re in position to make the most of opportunities to build the future of ESPN.” Uh huh.
- Malcolm Mitchell loves him some Batman. No, really.
This comes as no surprise.
How long do you figure it took the WWL to get the man on the phone after his resignation?
Herbstreit takes back his preseason prediction of the Vols winning the East.
This is what you call a negative feedback cycle.
Here’s the irony.
The faster college football has become, the slower it gets.
Offenses are increasingly trying to quicken the pace of play, rushing to the line of scrimmage to snap the ball before defenses can adjust. The tactic has resulted in longer games because the quicker drives equate to more possessions which equate to more TV breaks.
Got that? Pace equals more TV breaks, which means longer games, which is a problem – not for fans, as the writer suggests, as much as it is for the very broadcasters scheduling those breaks.
Which suggests a solution that as obvious as it is likely to be ignored. Instead, we’re likely to hear this kind of stupidity:
College football needs to follow the NFL model and not stop the clock for first downs, except in the final two minutes. A shorter halftime would work as well. If a 12-minute break is good enough for professional players, no reason why it needs to be 20 minutes at the college level.
There will be resistance because many college fans like the differences between the pros and the amateurs, but as long as teams continue to quicken the pace, changes need to be made for the good of the game.
Absolutely. Because everyone knows that being more like the NFL is good for the college football game.
Okay, I admit any story with the header “How ESPN plans to deal with college football games running longer” sounds potentially ominous, but the WWL’s approach turns out to be fairly benign.
For a game that started on a linear network running long with an outcome not in doubt, ESPN will often finish that game on WatchESPN/ESPN3 and a lesser linear network. That’s what happened with the Ole Miss-Alabama game. The Georgia-South Carolina game leading into that game was running long and the outcome was no longer in doubt. So ESPN placed the Georgia-South Carolina game on both ESPN3 and SEC Network Alternate, a non 24/7 sports channel that often handles overflow games. They also promoted the switch on social media and on a bug on the screen. While it’s not a perfect solution for fans—there is none given divided loyalties—it’s an attempt to serve fans.
So, they’re not stupid. And I applaud this:
What about moving to a 12, 4 and 8 start time scenario in order to end the spillover? Not going to happen. Ben-Hanan said ESPN wants to put on as many games as possible so they won’t be doing windows with just three games a day. Studio programming is also not going to draw nearly as well as a game broadcast. “We will put on as many games until fans tell us they don’t like it and we have never seen fans say that,” he said.
If the price is hunting around for where the last five minutes of a thirty-point blowout are being shown, I can live with that, for sure.
Of course, let’s not make Mickey out to be a saint here. Part of what’s pumping up the jam is “… the in-game commercial inventory that has inched up in newer rights deals to help justify the price.” Yeah, I think we’ve noticed.