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• Average attendance for FBS schools in 2012 was the lowest in nine years.
• Regular-season college football TV ratings declined almost across the board, including ESPN (down 3.7 percent), ESPN2 (-13 percent), and CBS with the SEC (-10.3 percent).
• There were empty seats for this year's Alabama-Auburn game at Bryant-Denny Stadium with the Tide rolling toward a second straight championship against their biggest rival.
• The Sugar Bowl (Florida-Louisville) experienced its lowest attendance since 1939--20,000 seats under capacity.
• The Orange Bowl also wasn't sold out.
• This year's national championship game between Alabama and Notre Dame was only the 10th highest rated title game in BCS history.
• Students, in particular, seem to be less engaged; if they're not fans as undergrads, they likely won't be fans as alums in 5-10 years.
• Many schools are raising ticket prices--OSU’s Athletic Council will make a recommendation on Friday to the board of trustees on an increase in ticket prices. One possibility is an increase to $79 per general-public ticket, from $70, a rise of almost 13 percent. Also being considered is the designation of as many as two games as premium games, with ticket prices higher than for the other games.
Has college football's popularity run its course or is this just a kink that will eventually work itself out?
In the era of HD TVs, smartphones and saturation coverage, schools find it hard to connect with fans. Dennis Dodd looks at ebbing attendance as schools and conferences hitch their financial wagons to TV contracts.
This post was edited by iowabuckeyes 15 months ago
Yes, b/c now the money factor is catching up with it, and money always and will continue to always be a burden and spoil stuff. thats why professional sports are not as popular as college. IMO
It's turning into just another big business, it's losing its appeal IMO. Does anybody really care about the bowls anymore? They used to be celebrated, now ignored. Sad...
There's too many of them. That's part of the problem. 6-6 teams should not play in the post season. That IMO is absurd.
Cotton Bowl, Gator Bowl, Sugar Bowl, Rose Bowl, Orange Bowl, Fiesta Bowl, Capital One, Outback and maybe a few others....are the only ones that should be kept.
IMO part of the bowls identity has been lost due to corporate buyouts. Some of the traditional bowls like the citrus, hall of fame and peach bowls all have corporate sponsored names.
Even the Orange Bowl sadly....is no longer the Orange Bowl. It's the Discover Orange Bowl. Fiesta Bowl is the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.
I know for me it has definitely lost some of it's appeal.
Hell.....even some of the stadiums have sold out to corporate buy outs.
No, bowls have lost their "power". Remember how excited we use to be for January 1st, now not really. I can take it or leave it. The BCS and now 4 team playoff has eliminated the importance of the other bowls. It seems like if it's not the championship game no one cares anymore. It's sad. College football truely is a regular season sport. It was set up that way from the start, the only thing that mattered was winning your conference. And the regular season is great, I think we should celebrate that.
It's the money, people are right it's become a business that leaves a bad taste in our mouths. It was supposed to be more pure then the NFL and it turns out it's all about the money just like the NFL. Look at the B1G expanding, it has nothing to do with the quality of the football it's got everything to do with expmading the brand for more money. Thus, alienating the fans. The powers that be don't get it. College sports is about rivalries, and they are going away which in turn leaves fans alienated and less interested. If we didn't play scUM, it wouldn't feel right to us. There'd be an empty feeling. It was about geography, about being the best in a particular region. That's gone, thus slowly ruining the sport to line a few people's pockets. It just seems wrong anymore, the product on the field is great but the behind the scenes is dirty polotics and back room deals. Just I feel dirty.
No worries, we just added Maryland and Rutgers. I can feel the excitement already.
I kinda sorta wish a strip club would sponsor a Stripper Pole Bowl. Or imagine the corporate sponsor suites at the Cheetah's Peach Bowl or the Palomino Club Las Vegas Bowl, each replete with its own scantily-clad hostess with her requisite tramp stamp tattoo and stripper pole...and the parades...the Lap Dance Float...definitely not suitable for children!
Now, imagine Notre Dame and BYU playing in one of those games...now, that's a college football world gone mad, MAD I tell you!
Yup...and to add to it the NC is played too late in January. Seriously, college football is my #1 sport for entertainment but by the time the NC comes around I've moved on because it's so far from any context. By that time Hockey is under full steam (at least here in the NE) and I've already settled in for the winter watching I Dream of Jeannie reruns until the start of Baseball. Then the NC is on a weeknight and goes on too late. Sorry but I break my ass 6-7 days a week, if I'm anywhere near consciousness nearing 10:00pm it's a miracle, I'm not alone either.
It's really like a shitty version of the NFL and the NFL is why I love college ball.
Don't get me started on how exciting Bucks football is going to be vs MD, VA, Duke or whatever retard school that ass Delany is going to add. Whohoo...
Now...onto Iowa's pic above...that'll keep me occupied for the balance of the evening...
I'm glad you like it, Indy. I'm not sure where her ink ends and her undies begin...only one way to find out...
Here's a picture from the article I linked in the OP...think of it as more ammo for your outrage.
This. If a team can't muster a winning season they shouldn't be in a bowl.
Um pro football is way more popular than college . Nums dont lie
Um, that's what they said about nuns, too.
I think this OSU ticket price raise could come back to bite them in the ass. There will always be season ticket holders that can afford them but many sell the ones they don't use to scalpers who in turn resell for a profit. This being the case I see many people not wanting to pay scalper prices and deciding rather to tailgate and watch on TV. Count me in as one of those.
When the pro baseball strike led to higher tickets prices I have attended ONE baseball game and I usually would attend at least 12 or 15 a season.
The beer is still cold and the tailgating is still great outside the stadium, not to mention the bars and motels.
When you start seeing empty seats in the horseshoe heads will roll.
Did you say cheetah???
People aren't gonna want to pay $100 for a ticket (besides big games) if it ever gets there. I believe Michigan is at $85 per ticket for big ten games and $70 for non conference. People are going to start just wanting to stay home since they can watch on a high def tv.
Owners/ADs really need to start realizing that if things keep going the way they're going they're not going to have a fanbase to pay for all their shit.
Maryland will not be hosting the Dukes and UNC's of the world. They will be hosting OSU, PSU, scUM, MSU, etc. They will be pleasantly surprised when half their stadium is filled with OSU fans. I'd make that trip. And PSU will treat Maryland and Rutgers as home games.
Those numbers don't paint an entirely accurate picture either.
Pro football starts the 1st week of August in a bunch of really dumb pre-season games and runs until the 2nd week of February! It's damn near a baseball, basketball or hockey season.
College football runs from September to December. The bowls begin in December and they've already been discussed as to reasons why they are in decline.
Pro-football....much like the NCAA tournament peaks in popularity during the playoffs....and often times those people aren't even regular season fans....they are bandwagon fans talking at the water cooler because it's something to do!
50% of NFL fans don't even know what they are watching anyway..... LOL
Unless the Bungles are playing--and I ain't holding my breath--I couldn't give a rat's ass about the No Fun League until the Super Bowl.
I will tune into the Super Bowl in bits and pieces....
Only to see how Ginn, Grant, Boone and Whitner are doing.....I'll be cheering them on to do well.....and that's about it.
At least you stay loyal to your 'Bungles' Iowa....
I haven't tuned into a Brown's game since Model packed up shop and moved them to Baltimore.....it kinda spoiled my taste for the NFL entirely. It was then I realized the only important thing to the owners and the NFL in general was money.
Money is important....but it shouldn't over-ride doing the right thing.
A mantra Delany should subscribe to.
All sports have only so much audience potential. I am not sure that college football has peaked but in order to gain more interest it needs to change the format. If the powers who run college football can adopt a system, which they appear to be doing, in which the NC is determined on the field by teams who get there by winning their league championships and qualifying semi final bowls and eliminate the poll driven BCS then I think there will be more interest. But even then there is a limit. Most people I know are not all that interested in college football and to be honest the only thing I care about is OSU. I see bits and pieces of other college games every year but the only games I ever see from kickoff to the end are OSU games and the ND-USC game. I don't even watch the BCS NC game most seasons.
It needs to be reinvented with a climax to the season.
A PLAYOFF. I understand the traditionalists and the bowls, and as someone who grew up with New Years Day being one of my favorite days of the year, certainly respect it.
But, the overly drawn out watered down bowl system, with clunker games all over, took a lot of luster off the post season. Even BCS games aren't as compelling as say an Orange Bowl matchup from the 1980s.
College football needs a 16 team playoff. Instead of watered down games, we'd have four weeks of great, intense battles.
I've advocated for it before, and would love to see it replace what we see now.
"man we got some fuckin weirdos on this site." - Davebucknut 9/5/13 post of the year
College football is entertainment.
I believe the downturn is more due to the economic climate. In Maslows pyramid of needs, college football isn't as important as more basic needs. People just don't have the disposable income they did before Barrack Obama became president and sold our future down the river thus becoming the biggest presidential failure in the history of this country.
People don't have the 200-500 extra dollars for a weekend anymore.
"The only thing That Team Up North will be tasting this year is the salty tears of defeat" - UFM
I think what's happening in CFB is a squeezing of the "middle class," i.e., the lower-tier BCS schools that are being bullied out of competing for the big prizes by the big boys. We're already seeing it in recruiting where 10-15 teams are dominating the rankings. As this gap widens, there are 20 teams that are gradually separating themselves from the field:
B1G: Ohio State and Michigan.
Big 12: Texas and Oklahoma.
ACC: Clemson and FSU.
Pac-12: USC and Oregon (with UCLA trying to sneak in).
SEC: Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, LSU, South Carolina, and TAMU (with Vandy, Ole Miss and Tennessee trying to sneak in).
Other: Notre Dame.
That means the SEC has almost a 50% chance of playing for a national championship every year. Occasionally an interloper "bracket buster" will sneak in, someone who has a great season like K-State did this year or Okie State did last year but they won't have the means to sustain it year in and year out, especially when a bigger school poaches their coach. All the other schools are being elbowed out of the picture. We're already seeing it in recruiting.
As that continues, college football will continue to lose fans who are slowly becoming jaded and tired of the same old, same old. The SEC's dominance and all the corporate-like expansion/mergers/acquisitions is turning people off. The conferences are becoming too big for anyone to feel they're a part of something tangible or manageable. The only thing, in my opinion, that can re-energize college football will be an 8-team playoff that starts in mid-December following the conference championship games. This year, had Ohio State been eligible, an 8-team playoff might have looked like this (using AP rankings), with several teams moved around at the discretion of the Selection Committee to avoid rematches and/or possible rematches:
#1 Notre Dame v. #7 Kansas State (to avoid #1 ND v. #8 Stanford rematch)
#6 Georgia v. #5 Oregon
#2 Alabama v. #8 Stanford
#3 Ohio State v. #4 Florida (to avoid possible #2 Alabama v. #6 UGA Round 2 rematch)
Note the obligatory interloper "bracket buster," aka K-State.
While I'm not necessarily an advocate for a playoff...
That scenario sounds pretty damn good to me.
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