Today, I’d like to address a bit of college football that went on yesterday. It would be too easy to speak about the UCLA vs USC game last night, a 50-0 debacle that was solopsided, I was glad I taped it on the DVR instead of watching it live. I normally watch sporting events live but gave into the post thanksgiving/ get out of the house for a few hourstheory on a Saturday night. I knew something was amiss when a friend of mine, who was at the game, texted me early on and said “Are you watching this?”
Most of the other news sites, sports blogs and USC fans have already pointed out the the obvious.
** The Trojans beat the Bruins for the 12th time in the last 13 meetings.
** UCLA head coach, specifically Rick Neuheisel’s head, appears to be on the chopping block after going 0-4 to USC since taking over the program.
** Will Matt Barkeley, the USC quarterback who tossed six, yes six touchdowns and threw for 423 yards last night go pro?
What I’d rather talk about is football on television. With the remote in hand, and well before the Trojans slaughtered the Bruins, I was looking for a game to watch around noon, west coast time.
Here is what was on TV, at the same time.
Grambling State vs Southern (KNBC, Channel 4)
#15 Michigan vs Ohio State (KABC, Channel 7)
Tennessee vs Kentucky (KDOC, Channel 12)
Maryland vs North Carolina State (Channel 13)
#23 Georgia Tech vs Georgia (ESPN, Channel 15)
UConn vs Rutgers (ESPN 2, (Channel 16)
Iowa State vs, #9 Oklahoma (FX, Channel 17)
and I did manage to bump into the Rice vs SMU contest on Fox Sports West, which was not even close to the other stations on the dial.
Nine, count ‘em nine different football games at the same time. ….And that is just what I found on the dial.
The question is, at what point is so much too much? I am not one to curtail football games on television. I am a sport guy and love the options.
That said, can the industry survive this level of saturation? Deals are done for exposure and the markets are so fragmented that at some point, there will have to be some sort of fall out. Until then, get ready for the 2011 college football Bowl Season.