Tag:Johnny Football
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

Posted on: December 4, 2012 12:42 am

The Welfare System of BCS Bowls

The Welfare Directors Have cost college football, the Bowls, and really all of the top schools who go to bowls a bunch of money. The number of people watching these 'welfare' games on TV will be less than it would be without the mid-level welfare provisions. FSU is one of my top-10 favorite teams but I won't bother to watch them play Northern Illinois. I certainly would not spend the money for travel, hotel, and game tickets for such a game. (I did go to the OU/FSU game in Tallahassee, last season, paying for after- market tickets.) I would bet money that the national TV ratings on the Orange Bowl and the Sugar Bowl will not match the ratings on the Cotton Bowl. The money the system uses to pay the mid-level schools the Big Bucks has to come from the pool that would reward the schools who really produce income to the system.

I like Louisville as a team, they are scrappy, but probably won't bother to watch them play Florida. I never miss an Oklahoma game. I try not to miss Bama. I'll watch USC, Notre Dame, Georgia, and the two or three top Big-10 schools, as it fits my schedule. Other than that I try to watch the teams/games, the results of which might affect the status of my Sooners.

I was looking forward to Florida in the Sugar Bowl because the Sooners lost the National Championship to them and Tim Tebow a few years ago. The Texas A&M game will be as exciting and even more important because of the Aggies QB, Johnny Football, and the story of the Aggies leaving the Big-12 for the SEC. I will not even predict the outcome. Either of those games could have gone either way.

Argue with me if you want! I may not answer every stupid remark but I challenge you, after the Bowls are over, compare the national TV ratings. By the way. The Cotton Bowl game, which is played in the Dallas Cowboys stadium, was announced 'Sold-Out' within minutes of the announcement of which teams would be playing.  Mike Fair


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