Curiously, Facebook provided me with a snapshot of a posy I made almost one year ago about how disappointed I was that the NFL had pretty much sold their soul to the highest bidder. The curious part is that I was about to write a post here about how the NCAA was rapidly doing the same thing , at least the football side of it.
Between Christmas and the 1st of January I used to always look forward to watching the different bowl games. Rose Bow, Cotton, Sugar etc. I only keep track of a few teams throughout the regular season so getting ESPN has never seemed to be a worthwhile investment. I was not surprised that the NFL had gone for the money. After the flag sit-down debacle they were hurting. But the college bowl games seemed so ingrained in our culture that I never expected for them to sell out also.
The one "free" game on ESPN was the Peach Bowl and they saw so little value in it that they did not even have commentators assigned to it. One channel had a funky "quarterback" view of the game but only loudspeaker like you were at the game, while another channel had three windows showing two angles of the game and two fellows just talking about it. Occasionally they would actually respond to something happening on the field. Disappointing.
They might as well let college athletes get paid for their talent. Everyone else is making the buck.