Tag:Cotton Bowl
Posted on: December 19, 2012 12:52 am

OU/A&M will have a bigger national TV rating

Of course one big problem of giving a 'major' bowl spot to a team who cannot earn it (by fans who might buy tickets or fans who might care to watch it on TV) is just that, no football fan has to watch it or buy tickets to it. There are a bunch of games every week in the regular season and a bunch of bowls in the bowl season to which I don't buy tickets and I don't watch on TV. There are a whole lot of people just like me. The system can't earn big bucks from us.

Their team sells 9,000 to 16,000 seats Saturdays at their own home games, they can't send 45,000 fans to Dallas to buy half of the Cotton Bowl seats at the season's end (or New Orleans, Miami, or L.A.). It is an economic principle. There is not enough demand to see Slapout State or Gotebo University play even a good team. I'm not going to go and I'm not going to watch it on TV. If you try to make me go or try to make me watch it on TV, I'm going to fight back. I have some other things I'd rather do that day.

A good friend is flying out to Oklahoma City ot watch the OU vs Tex A&M game on TV. We looked at buying tickets but the game (in Dallas Cowboys stadium) was sold-out in minutes of the teams being announced. We looked at buying after-market tickets but good seats were too rich for me. We normally go to a regular season and/or bowl game each year but $200. to $300. a seat is kind of my limit. I'd rather watch the game on my 65 inch HD TV than sit in the end zone.

I would bet that OU/A&M will have a bigger national TV rating (and every seat is sold) than all the bowls except the Bama/ND game and even, possibly, the Rose Bowl. Earlier in the season the Oklahoma/Notre Dame game had been the highest TV watched game of the year. Someone said, "Well, that is because it was Notre Dame." There is some truth to that but Notre Dame played 11 other teams this year, besides OU, and ND is televised every week. Mike Fair

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