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College Football has become College Basketball

August 28th 2012 13:35
Since when did college football become college basketball? Since when did games have to be broadcast seven days a week? When ESPN got involved that's when.

College football used to be a strictly Saturday afternoon affair. Almost every game was played on Saturday then except for in places like Baton Rouge, Louisiana or Los Angeles. This was because almost no one had stadiums with lights. Without lights you can't play night games and no one was going to play a day game during the week except for Thanksgiving or the Friday after. Sundays were off limits, because of the pros. Even bowl games were moved to Monday if New Year's fell on a Sunday. Still are.

Television has changed all of that. First there was a Monday night game broadcast the week before the NFL season began. Then a Thursday night game of the week. Then a Friday night game. Then a Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday night game. Now there are college football games on television every day of the week.

With over 200 division I-A and I-AA schools playing football there are plenty of games to choose from. The problem is not all of them can be shown at one time. Every school wants to be on live television, because of the revenue and exposure it creates. If this means playing on a school night so be it. Thus we have Monday through Friday night football.

It is enough to give anyone football overload. With games played night after night one blends into another. Half of the time fans don't even know who is playing. The big games occur on Thursday night and Saturday. This is when the big schools play. The smaller schools take the crumbs that are left.

With ESPN and Fox willing to broadcast games on a nightly basis everyone can get their fair share of football. If someone has an alma mater eventually they will see them.

One would think that having games on every night would hurt the sport, but it has not. College football is as popular as it ever was. Unlike basketball which also shows games every night football ratings are up. Even the pro game hasn't hurt it.

It is obvious that weeknight college football is here to stay. The big schools will still get the prime time and Saturday afternoon spots, but everyone will get an opportunity to be seen. There was a time when big time college coaches could use television as a way to recruit. Now everyone can even even junior colleges.

If you canít get your school on national television now itís because youíre on probation. There is no other reason.

Football has become basketball. It is a seven day a week affair broadcast by ESPN and Fox to anyone who wants to watch. ]


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