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Posted on: May 10, 2011 11:51 pm

ACC nonconference tilts to air in primetime

By CBS College Football staff

Two of the biggest non-conference opportunities this fall for the Atlantic Coast Conference -- Oklahoma at Florida State and Ohio State at Miami – will be televised on the evening of Sept. 17 in primetime on ABC and ESPN, correspondent Brett McMurphy has learned.

Although the games will be televised head-to-head, the kickoffs will be staggered by 30 minutes. The specific networks and kickoff times for each game will be determined at a later date.

Oklahoma is ranked No. 1 in’s post-spring Top 25 rankings, while Florida State is No. 8 and Ohio State is No. 9. Miami, under new coach Al Golden, is not ranked. The ACC is expected to release its television schedule on Wednesday.
Posted on: May 5, 2011 2:46 pm
Edited on: May 5, 2011 3:19 pm

Miami, BC to meet on Thanksgiving Friday

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

As Michigan State helped prove just earlier today, Friday games are all the rage in college football (as the kids say). So it's not a shock to hear that Miami and Boston College have also agreed to move their 2011 meeting up a day , to the Friday following Thanksgiving.

But before you accuse the Hurricanes and Eagles of mere sheeplike trend-following (not that you could blame Miami for wanting something, anything 'Cane-related in the headlines that wasn't this) , consider their two very good reasons for moving the game:

1. The game will air nationally on ABC, with a prime 3:30 p.m. (EST) kickoff

2. Much, much, much more importantly, this will mark the first Friday meeting between Miami and BC since this little play you may be familiar with:

Normally, we might object to such an obvious, callow attempt to cash in on naked nostalgia. But when we're talking about that play, we're not just OK with it, we're heartily applauding. Give us something 1/10th as good this November, 'Canes and Eagles, and we'll applaud all the more*.

*We'll be watching LSU and Arkansas, of course, but we'll still make the effort to applaud.

Posted on: April 25, 2011 1:37 pm

VIDEO: 32 years of college football intros

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Already feeling like you'd hit your own mama, Chris Paul- style, if it meant college football season started tomorrow? Want to feel even more desperate for a kickoff that's still an agonizing four-plus months away?

Of course you do. So watch the following video from YouTube user (and Michigan fan, if it wasn't obvious) "WolverineHistorian," which spends an amazing five-plus minutes documenting 32 years of college football broadcast intros from ABC, ESPN, and of course CBS:

If we could register one minor complaint, it's that the video doesn't include any of the "SEC on CBS" intros of recent vintage, which both we (and we know a number of college football fans) are rather partial to. (Though it makes sense, of course, since none of those broadcasts have featured Michigan.) So to make up for that omission, here's the SEC on CBS intro from the 2006 season:

And now, if you'll excuse us, we're off to find some way of going into suspended animation until mid-August.
Category: NCAAF
Tags: ABC, CBS, ESPN, Michigan, SEC, video
Posted on: April 13, 2011 2:11 pm

FoxSports to pay $90M per year for Big 12 rights

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

You might think that with the Big 12 having lost a major media draw in Nebraska, lost its football championship game as part of its shrinkage to 10 teams, and possibly seeing some broadcasts of its biggest attraction siphoned off to Texas's (competitor-owned) Longhorn Network, now wouldn't be the time for the league to be striking it rich on the television contract front.

You would think wrong. Per the Sports Business Daily, the league is ready to announce an annual increase in its cable broadcast rights fees of approximately $70 million to $90 million, a 350 percent raise over the current $20 million. The new buyer? Same as the old buyer, Fox Sports.

But Fox is getting something for its money, at least:
The deal would have FSN double the number of football games it is allowed to carry, from 20 to more than 40. Fox also is keeping all digital and mobile rights to those games, and it would retain cable exclusivity for all Big 12 contests. That means that ESPN will be able to show Big 12 games only if it buys them in syndication from Fox. It also gives Fox flexibility to carry games on its other cable channels.
It doesn't appear that the league's occasional ABC appearances will be affected. But given ESPN's now closer ties to the SEC and other leagues, it's not out of the question for new college football outlet FX to air more Big 12 games than ESPN.

That might not do as much for the league's exposure, but that may not be nearly as much a concern considering what Fox's offer will do for the league's bottom line. (And, of course, it's only speculation and the furthest thing from a certainty; until the contract is made public and the details on its week-to-week logistics made plain, how the league will continue to work with ESPN will remain a mystery.)

Commissioner Dan Beebe was roundly criticized during last year's realignment for claiming he'd be able to net the wounded conference the kind of TV money that would keep the league's heavy hitters safely in the fold, and -- more to the point -- the league solvent. Thanks to Fox's ever-increasing desire to become a major player in the world of college football, though, it appears it's Beebe having the last laugh.
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