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Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

Posted on: January 10, 2012 1:23 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli

Did you watch Alabama beat LSU 21-0 to win the BCS Championship last night? If not, you weren't alone in finding your television entertainment elsewhere.

The overnight ratings for the BCS National Championship Game show that last night's rematch between Alabama and LSU was the lowest-rated title game in the 14-year history of the BCS, bringing in a 13.8 overnight rating, a 14% drop from last year's game between Auburn and Oregon. The previous low had been set in 2002 when Miami played Nebraska for the title and the game brought a 14.3 rating.

There are a few factors that were no doubt in play here. First of all, it seems many college football fans were serious when they said they didn't want to watch a rematch of a game they'd already seen, particularly one that ended 9-6 the first time and didn't exactly provide a lot of excitement. Another factor to consider is that the game was broadcast on ESPN, which is available on cable packages and previous BCS games had always been broadcast on national networks.

The low ratings for the title game followed the trend of the other four BCS bowls as well, as the average rating of all BCS games dropped 10% from the 2010 season and 21% from the 2009 season. Again, this is likely a combination of the games now being broadcast on cable and college football fans who are tiring of the bowl system.

The good news is that with all the momentum that already seems to be in place for the BCS to add a plus-one system in the coming years, the drop in ratings may provide an additional kick in the pants. 

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Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: January 10, 2012 3:09 pm

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

I didn't watch it. I usally avoid re-runs. Glad I missed it. five field goals and one touchdown with a missed PAT is not my idea of a fun game to watch. besides, I already watched them play this year and it sucked then too.

Since: Feb 26, 2008
Posted on: January 10, 2012 3:03 pm

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

The Fat Cats who run college football are taking the long painful way of getting to a playoff system whether they like it or not.  Just rip the bandaid off and get on with it.

Haha  Low ratings.  Not a shocker.  Very few outside of the Southeast really cared, I'm sure.  Sure, ESPN and cable can limit a viewership, but if people really wanted to see the game, they would have found a way to watch it.

Enough of this crappy bowl system and polls being shoved down our throats!

Since: Nov 25, 2009
Posted on: January 10, 2012 3:02 pm

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

I didn't watch though I did keep track of the game via the Game Tracker.  I didn't watch because, to be honest, there was a better game on ESPN2.  It was West Virginia vs. UConn.  And I hate the Big East!  It gets the same exact treatment in basketball as the SEC does in football.  If there is an upset in conference, it's because the conference is so good.  If the better team wins it because OMG they are unstoppable.  To be fair, the ACC gets that a little bit in basketball but nowhere near to that extent.

But about last night's game... that was a big surprise to me.  LSU had a much tougher schedule and still came out unscathed.  By all accounts, LSU looked like a middle school team last night.  What the heck was Les Miles thinking keeping Jordan Jefferson in the game?

We need a playoff. 

Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: January 10, 2012 3:01 pm

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

Not surprising in the least.  This is the very first BCS mythical national championship game (they all crown a mythical champion without a playoff) I have not watched since its inception.  I listened to much of the first quarter on the radio while driving home from airport.  What I heard gave me little incentive to turn on the TV when I got home so I didn't.  While this isn't the first BCS "title" game that was a dud, it was the first that was a dud based solely on bias towards a particular conference.  If you're going to blow smoke up my arse and tell me the final BCS game crowns a "national champion" (as if), at least make it entertaining by having two teams from different conferences to make it interesting and entertaining.  The mere fact that #2 blanked  #1 is proof that the BCS ranking system to determine the twop top teams is severely flawed.  Sigh . . . will we ever have a playoff?  It's mind boggling that we can screw up what could and should be the greatest sport in America in college football!

Since: Sep 16, 2006
Posted on: January 10, 2012 2:58 pm

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

The Bowl mess with teams losing money is all the more reason to go to a 16 team playoff useing these bowls as playoff sites. The 11 conferences would all have thier conference champs in the playoffs and 5 at large teams, or if the MWC and USA combine 10 champs plus 6 at large. The seeding would go by average ranks in all polls.  Here is a for instance:

round 1 would consist of 8 bowl games the first weekend of the playoffs: Liberty, Outback, Ticket City, Sun, Capital one, Alamo, Holiday,  and Independence.

Have the following bowls, Rose, Sugar, Orange, Fiesta, Cotton, Gator and Chick Fil-a (old Peach) be the cities that host rounds 2, 3 and NCG and have them rotate each year. An example:

Round 2 would consist of 4 bowl games the second week: Peach, Gator, Cotton, Orange

Round 3 would consist of 2 Bowl games the third week: Sugar, Fiesta

Round 4 would be the NCG: Rose

The next year the Fiesta Bowl moves to NCG and Rose goes down to round 2 1 spot, and Orange would move up to round 3 and so on. That way every 7 years a different part of the country hosts the NCG.

All the remaining 19 Bowl games would be by invite only and would be higher quality games because there would be less teams making bowls.

That format would ensure no teams would lose money going to bowls, the tickets would be in demand. less teams in bowls by 16 teams.

Teams losing money such as Clemson this year would stop because the money involved in this would be huge. The NCAA can not continue to use the BCS formula to determine a National champion.

Since: Sep 16, 2006
Posted on: January 10, 2012 2:54 pm

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

BAMACIL  ...... Yeah who cares if Alabama kills college football huh.  Without those ratings college football is nothing because there will be no money.  And BTW Bama could not even win its own division much less conference, so in most peoples minds Bama is not the real National Champ.

Since: Sep 28, 2007
Posted on: January 10, 2012 2:54 pm

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

The rematch of the SEC (See Everyone Cheat) conference title game was simply awful. The corrupt, ineffective NCAA should be disbanded ala its predecessor the AAU. Even high school sports are polluted by money, politics, recruiting, etc. "Money will ruin sport" is not far from becoming a final reality. The NBA has become the WWE, baseballs biggest stars are juice heads, last years heisman winner was paid to play while another was stripped of the award, etc. ratings will continue to drop with bad games like this.

Since: Jan 29, 2010
Posted on: January 10, 2012 2:52 pm

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

I am a huge proponent of a play off system in the NCAA, and as much as I hate basketball there might be something to learn from March madness.  I believe there were 32 bowl games this year?   The system I would put in place would have 31 bowl games (32 teams), so there would be no loss of money for the NCAA (they may actually gain money since there is actually something to play for in ALL of these games).

I would set the system up like this:
All conference championships would be played the Saturday after Thanksgiving.
The following Saturday, I would play the round of 32.**
Next week Round of 16**
Next Week Round of 8
Next week Final Four
Next week... the Real Championship game. (right around New Years like it use to be)

Couple of notes:
**I would debate giving the Conference Champions (ACC, Big 12, Big East, Big 10, MW, Pac-10, SEC, WAC) A seed 1-8, based upon Overall record + Conference record.  This could become huge as I have also debated giving the highest seed home field advantage for the first couple of rounds, before moving to neutral sites starting at the round of 8. The only drawback to this is deciding how to seed the other 24 teams (Coaches Poll, Computer Rankings, or by a selection process much like Mens basketball... which could also net some ratings for one night to drum up excitement for the playoffs).  

***  The biggest drawback with my proposed plan is that there will be a much higher influx of games played for teams that make it that farthest, possibly as many as 14 or 15 total games, which is alot more than the 11 or 12 teams have recently been playing.  There also does not have to be "homefield advantage for the first couple of rounds, however I find it a nice incentive, especially for those teams that won conferences, for the schools (both from a award standpoint and also as a money maker).  

****  Any selection process is bound to have some snubs, but that will always be a drawback.  The hope is that teams that are deserving will be present vs trying to select rivalry matchups in the first round.   Also, with as many as 16 games in the first weekend, not all games will receive national exposure.  However, national agreements in place, there can be a large number of games televised.  The option of some opening round games on Friday is also a possibility as well.

The system has its drawbacks, but I think it will be just as much as a money maker (if not more), as well as a much more defined meaning to a NCAA Football Championship, which comes out as a Win/Win for everyone.

Since: Nov 17, 2008
Posted on: January 10, 2012 2:51 pm

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

Who Cares????  ROLL TIDE!!!

Since: Dec 13, 2007
Posted on: January 10, 2012 2:50 pm

Television ratings not kind to BCS title game

i guess fans wanted to watch a football game and not a rugby scrum.

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