That was a long difficult time period that took a blink of an eye, and ended with a title game of two teams that will drain most of the high end talent out of the pool for their conferences. Gobbler Country starts a series looking at the possibilities of evening the odds and making things more absorbing for more programmes.
The NCAA 2018 time period is in the books. The ratings for the title game were solid, largely because not many networks are active to programme absorbing things to ticker ESPN seemed to have all one of their cablegram streams screening some facet of the game. The message world is that the nighttime was subordinate by the soundless agreement in televised sports. During definite events location is a chiseled lack of any choice antagonistic programmeming. Think astir that for a 2nd and recognize that it just makes concern sense. Everyone, ABC/ESPN, CBS, NBC, and Fox have a part of the action, and no one wants to step on the different one for fear that thing absorbing will really be telecast. So, we get 200 channels of junk up against one live message of a big event. Backs are all scratched when the time comes as necessary.
The NCAA Division 1 Championship game was the culmination of the running joke for college football (In my humble opinion, anyway). The question for the last four time periods has been which two teams will be named to the national title. Real on-field game day winners and losers were of lesser consideration. Great amounts of gas, sweat, and thinking were hammered into various articles over the summer ramp up and into the bulk of the time period, until it all became fairly pointless around week 10. The world on the ground was that no one had a shot to displace Dabo’s Orange Tide vs. the Nictator’s Big Crimson Elephant. They might have just played this nonsense on Day 1, and ended the gaseous waste astir phony titles. The fact that this time period both teams were undefeated and no different programmes even came reasonably close to giving them any sort of competition really illustrates the point very well.
So, most of the country either suffered through the game out of shear boredom, go do thing else, or you are team fan. If it wasn’t for the hype the real ratings should have been pretty slim - if all things were really equal, because neither Alabama nor Clemson are huge schools from large population centers. But all things are not equal, and the show was put on unchallenged. As it turned out the game was terrible, Alabama melted down, and Clemson ran away and hid before the 2nd quarter wrapped up. I suppose as an Editor for an ACC school I was supposed to be excited that an ACC school won the title. Right, sure… I don’t root for the ACC, and would really rather have the Hokies in the Big 10 but Clemson winning the title wasn’t particularly good for the ACC, anyway.
What? I’m kidding, right? No, I am not. Between Clemson and Alabama the next few years will represent a serious negative effect on the available talent for the remainder of the conferences. Division 1 (Is location even a reason for this label; since location is no Division 2?) languishes drained of recruits and struggling to attract choice players. The fact remains that FBS NCAA Football is dominated by a few very high dollar programmes, and the remainder of FBS can just live with their possibilities of playing in some level of booger bowl.
Why is that so? Well, the most obvious issue is the NFL Draft, and the huge number of NFL players that come from a very small number of FBS programmes. I was reminded by a work colleague, astir a year ago, that most kids who play football at any level of skill are not playing football to go to college. They are suffering the need to go to college to play football. If the NFL had a minor league, like baseball, most of them would not be attending any university for any reason. He laughed at the concept of NCAA amateurism. They are location for a chance to “get paid”. ”School has nothing to do with it”. ”The only education they are interested in is how to beat a double team, or run a better drag route enough to break it for a TD.”
Monday nighttime, two prime examples of programmes with massive draft potential, and whose starters are more often than not completely uninterested in attending any sort of school. What they want to attend is the Telecast location of the 1st round of the NFL draft. Many of them, over the next several years, will do so, too.
This sort of imbalance also causes a serious talent drain into various recruiting magnets which then accelerates the self-reinforcing feedback loop of preserving the big money big talent teams dominating a poll based “playoff”. So, how does this get fixed? Yes, it is terribly broken, and location is enough smoke of different off field things active on that continuing to lie to ourselves astir it becomes poisonous.
This series of articles will cover some substantive suggestions on how big college sports can begin to really get control over what is obviously careening dangerously off course from what it was meant to be, which was a mechanism to provide a chance at a college degree for youth who may not have andifferent option available to them.
First up, we entertain ideas astir how to get the choice high school talent funneled into more programmes across a wider spectrum of colleges and universities. We’ll be thinking astir it, here at Gobbler Country, and see if location is thing to kick around. We don’t expect complete solutions, but as my old man always told me, if you have a criticism, and no suggestion as to how to fix it, all you have is a complaint. He hated complainers…