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Steve Mills

Are America's NCAA sport broadcasts becoming monopolized? Taken away from us unless we "pay the price"?

Posted Friday, January 3, 2020, at 9:51 AM
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  • And I missed the Tennessee Gator Bowl game! Aaarrrgghh!

    -- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Jan 3, 2020, at 9:53 AM
  • There have been hardly any bowls on broadcast TV for some years now. We signed up for HULU for a month and only ended up being out about $5 a game. There isn't anything else on cable I want to watch all year.

    -- Posted by lazarus on Fri, Jan 3, 2020, at 4:35 PM
  • I should add that the regular season is just about as bad. We go to the oldest house for "Football Saturdays" in the fall, and get to visit the grandkids as a bonus.

    -- Posted by lazarus on Fri, Jan 3, 2020, at 4:39 PM
  • Well, we have no grandkids but I will check out Hulu. Thanks

    -- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Jan 3, 2020, at 6:16 PM
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    They ruined the bowl games years ago when they started selling the names. It ain't the Gator Bowl any more. Now (at least this year) it is the Tax Slayer gator bowl. It is all about the money. But, hey, it's all for the kids, so it is okay. Isn't it?

    Of course, I jest. New Year's day used to be special flipping back and forth between 3 or 4 major bowl games all day long. And at the end of the day you could usually have a reasonable argument about who was really #1.

    -- Posted by fair share on Fri, Jan 3, 2020, at 7:32 PM
  • Yup, New Year’s day was my day to overload. Seems that I missed the Super Bowl and NCAA playoff game for the same reasons (cheap and ticked off)

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sat, Jan 4, 2020, at 8:36 AM
  • I agree that the players whose efforts are reaping billions should get a share of that money. The problem is that most people make the same miscalculation that Carl did. They watch the games on TV and think that is representative of college sports. The truth is, the money is being made only by a handful of schools and a tiny fraction of the athletes. Most collegiate athletes are real students. The majority are not on scholarship, and the sports are just part of the educational experience.For those who are on scholarship, it is a means of paying for an education, not a springboard to the pros. The other day I heard someone reference a student athlete as; "not working." That person was clueless. Playing on a college team is like having a full time job.

    What stands in the way of a distribution of earnings to players is our "one size fits all" concept of fairness. Whatever rule they come up with will have to be applied to all athletes in all sports....which would be the death knell to most sports in the vast majority of universities, where they are already an expense, and not a revenue. Even in the money making schools, the money is made on at most one or two programs. Those programs pay for all the rest.

    We have already seen a tragic loss of opportunities thru the auspices of Title 9. It would be a shame to see how many sports would disappear if the players had to be paid. For every widely publicized big time athlete who never attends a class, there are a hundred kids making use of their abilities to secure a good education.

    -- Posted by lazarus on Sat, Jan 4, 2020, at 11:08 AM
  • Good points Lazarus. And since the majority of sports is played by the common people, we common people should not have to pay more to watch our daughters and sons play, unless they are local.

    That also applies to “blackouts” because ticket sales did not exceed a threshold. I understand and support those things because it directly encourages more to attend and be part of the “fans”.

    I am sure ESPN pays the college something but so will the 3-4 major networks and then all can watch and pay for it by watching ads.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sat, Jan 4, 2020, at 12:37 PM
  • Good points Lazarus. And since the majority of sports is played by the common people, we common people should not have to pay more to watch our daughters and sons play, unless they are local.

    That also applies to “blackouts” because ticket sales did not exceed a threshold. I understand and support those things because it directly encourages more to attend and be part of the “fans”.

    I am sure ESPN pays the college something but so will the 3-4 major networks and then all can watch and pay for it by watching ads.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sat, Jan 4, 2020, at 7:18 PM
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    At least the NFL is still on local tv. It costs nothing, except emotional capital, to watch the Titans take the playoffs by storm.

    -- Posted by fair share on Sun, Jan 12, 2020, at 6:15 AM
  • That game was impressive for the Titans. Sometimes I think we just lucked into it, but this game showed a real team effort. I am also getting more impressed with the coach's clock management.

    I have to admit, the Raven's quarterback was a slippery guy to catch but I think he got rattled early when the Titans caught his deflected pass. The team apparently did not expect much from us and when they got it, things fell apart. Many catches that should have been caught dropped, careless penalties, etc.

    The Titans did "TITAN UP".

    AND yes, it is nice that at least the NFL continues to let us see the games on the common people's networks. Did the push-back from the "kneel down" fiasco help?

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sun, Jan 12, 2020, at 7:36 AM
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    The Titans are playing with a bit of a chip on their shoulder. They have a decent defense and and keep pounding with Derrick Henry all day long.

    I'm looking forward to seeing them beat Seattle 2/2/20.

    -- Posted by fair share on Sun, Jan 12, 2020, at 10:56 AM
  • Aah, a first prediction

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sun, Jan 12, 2020, at 11:26 AM
  • Wonder if that will be free to watch?

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sun, Jan 12, 2020, at 11:28 AM
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    Yep. On Fox at 1730 (5:30 pm) on 2/2/20. Of course the pre-game blather will probably start by noon or sooner.🏈🏈🏈

    -- Posted by fair share on Sun, Jan 12, 2020, at 12:35 PM
  • GREAT!

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sun, Jan 12, 2020, at 7:15 PM
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    Go Tigers! It was nice to see the SEC take back the crown from Clemson. It was even nicer to see the packed Superdome warmly welcoming our President and First Lady with ovation and chants of "USA!USA!USA!"

    Now it is time for the Titans to TITAN UP just two more times.

    -- Posted by fair share on Tue, Jan 14, 2020, at 9:53 AM
  • I actually got to watch it. Direct TV could not get it straight if they had ESPN or not so I gave up on that. Tried Hulu but they said CC did not go through even though they later welcomed me, so I made sure I cancelled what did not happen.

    Went to ESPN and they asked who my ISP was. I clicked on Direct, but they are not my ISP, just my satellite TV, BUT, it went through so I just stopped clicking and enjoyed the game.

    I believe LSU just wore Clemson down. Tight first half but second was almost all LSU. I kind of feel Clemson should have been awarded their last touchdown since both defender and receiver were picking at each other, but it would not have changed the outcome.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Jan 14, 2020, at 11:11 AM
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    Or could replay down since both sides fouled. Or LSU could have scored again instead of taking a couple of knees in the red zone.

    Glad you got to see it.

    -- Posted by fair share on Tue, Jan 14, 2020, at 1:59 PM
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