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College football’s biggest threat is the continued regionalization of success and interest in the sport


Tom McKrackin
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I’m not going to get too into weeds into why this is happening or what can be done. That’s an equally long post and one I’m not the best person to write it. But what I do think is important to think about is that for many years, a lot of us tried to ignore this as a short-term trend. The BCS was too small. Nick Saban is too good. ESPN has an SEC bias. Nebraska, Michigan, USC, and Notre Dame are just one hire away from being right back there.

Sure. There are portions of truth to all of those things. But how much of that is scapegoating the reality of a very real trend of regionalization of college football? How long does a perceived short-term new normal become the permanent new reality? When only a portion of the country enjoys the highs of a sport, it shrinks the audience elsewhere because it reaffirms the idea of a lower level of realistic achievement for your rooting interest. As elite coaches and top-tier recruits migrate towards the South the regional imbalance grows as does the level of interest in the sport.

LINK:https://awfulannouncing.com/ncaa/college-footballs-biggest-threat-is-the-continued-regionalization-of-success-and-interest-in-the-sport.html

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The tough part of the Southeast being number 1 in football is that they are mostly very small media centers. The tv sets in the midwest, NE, and west coast are tuning out in large numbers. The lack of balance in college football is going to continue to drive viewers away. The portal and NIL are turning alot of people off of the sport just like the 1 and done turned people away from college basketball.  All of these things were designed to help the student athlete financially, but it's hurt many academically and viewership will continue to decline for football and basketball.

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Both college football and college basketball have been ruined, for different reasons, but they both can still be enjoyed, just not like they ever were before.

College football has been ruined as we know it because of the NIL, transferring immediately now,  Power Conferences creating a monopoly with no Cinderella possibility, and accepting 6-6 as bowl worthy by creating way too many bowl games, of which many nfl-to-be players skip out on. Watered down the entire meaning of a championship or strong season.

College hoops got ruined by the NBA accepting players out of high school, but then changing to allow one-and-dones. We hardly know anyone on teams from year-to-year, now the mid-majors lose their talent to power teams, and the best kids leave ASAP. And now, the G league and international leagues are getting kids directly out of high school. 

Money rules the day. It just happened to ruin my two favorite sports.

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17 minutes ago, NTSU52 said:

If it had been Cincinnati vs. Michigan or even Cinci vs. Georgia the viewership would have been up. People are just tired of the SEC domination and seeing the same few teams in the playoff every year.

I personally had no interest in the game this year.  I am sure many others felt the same.

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21 minutes ago, NTSU52 said:

If it had been Cincinnati vs. Michigan or even Cinci vs. Georgia the viewership would have been up. People are just tired of the SEC domination and seeing the same few teams in the playoff every year.

This.  I see some arguments against playoff expansion that reason more teams in the field means the possibility of an all SEC final four increases, as well.  Based on the current 12 team proposals out there that add more guaranteed spots for P5 and then more at-large spots, it is likely to mean at least 3 sec teams make that playoff every year.  In theory, they could all win and we still end up with an all sec final.  The argument is meant to sway opinion against expanding.  I’d be absolutely ok with that scenario, though if it meant more access opportunities for other conferences and schools- especially G5 schools.  Saban and the P5 schools can yell until they are blue in the face that we don’t belong.  If they really believed that then they would have no problem lining up, filling a stadium and getting an extra win added to their schedule every year in the first rounds of a playoff.  I call BS.

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2 hours ago, El Paso Eagle said:

Not so sure about the options. Think more and more people are getting tired of the professionalism of college sports

I'm not convinced.  

I know it feels good (noble?) to talk about the sanctity and amateurism that used to be college sports, but deep down I think the casual fan just wants to see the team wearing their uniforms beat the team that's not wearing their uniforms, regardless of the money behind tossed around off the field.  I'm more inclined to to think the drop in viewership is mostly driven by people knowing their team is not in the picture, and not even being considered for the playoffs.

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5 hours ago, greenminer said:

I'm not convinced.  

I know it feels good (noble?) to talk about the sanctity and amateurism that used to be college sports, but deep down I think the casual fan just wants to see the team wearing their uniforms beat the team that's not wearing their uniforms, regardless of the money behind tossed around off the field.  I'm more inclined to to think the drop in viewership is mostly driven by people knowing their team is not in the picture, and not even being considered for the playoffs.

Both are major problems.  

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On 1/13/2022 at 2:00 PM, edcollopy said:

The tough part of the Southeast being number 1 in football is that they are mostly very small media centers. The tv sets in the midwest, NE, and west coast are tuning out in large numbers. The lack of balance in college football is going to continue to drive viewers away. The portal and NIL are turning alot of people off of the sport just like the 1 and done turned people away from college basketball.  All of these things were designed to help the student athlete financially, but it's hurt many academically and viewership will continue to decline for football and basketball.

Completely disagree that the portal and NIL are turning people away. What does a casual fan (which drives viewership) care about who is transferring and who is getting an NIL deal? SEC spends money on coaching, the other conferences do not and it’s shows on the field. 

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8 hours ago, NTSU52 said:

If it had been Cincinnati vs. Michigan or even Cinci vs. Georgia the viewership would have been up. People are just tired of the SEC domination and seeing the same few teams in the playoff every year.

Yes. I believe it’s that simple. When USC gets back to where it was you’ll see a huge jump in viewership I believe. 

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2 hours ago, Salsa_Verde said:

What is it doing to the game exactly? 

It appears that the rich will continue to get richer and basically openly recruit anyone they think they can get to transfer in.  G5 hits on a player that was underrated and he comes in a lights it up will be the target of the moneyed programs.

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Four hand-picked teams in a biased CFP is not a Playoff.  The same basic teams every year is not exciting.  Make it a true Playoff with at least 16 teams, including all FBS conference champions, like every other level of pro, college and high school football, then people will become excited and tune in.

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The Sec adding Texas and OU made the other three power conferences (no Big XII) combine efforts to battle the SEC. Now, because they know the SEC would be more likely to get 3 or 4 teams in the 12-team playoff, they won’t agree to that, as it gives the other conference champions a better chance to win it all if most years only one SEC team is in. 
 

The G5s and the Big XII will be on the outside looking in for a long time, if not forever.

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