"Follow the money." Deepthroat
This is a personal online journal to explore the money end of college football. The X's and O' are pretty well covered elsewhere but other forum see the money as the side show while the football game might be the side show.
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Class Free Zone
As stated here before gambling is to college football as prosituition is to sex. And here to prove than anology with all the class or a tarted-up harlet:
Wake Forest Demon Deacons versus Navy Midshipmen College Football Odds and Pick Gamblers Television
There is one benefit from watching these videos...you're too sick to pack on those holiday pounds.
Not every bowl game can have great teams, at a great time, at a great venue, in a great location. Here is a list of the “have not-iest” games:
EagleBank Bowl Date Dec. 20 Teams Wake Forest vs. Navy
Location Washington, D.C.
Other 11:00 a.m. kickoff
On the good side Navy got a real break on travel expenses. The minuses: bad stadium, temperatures in the high 30’s, and early kickoff (attendance: 28,777)
magicJack St. Petersburg Bowl Date Dec. 20 Teams South Florida vs. Memphis
Venue Tropicana Field
Location St. Petersburg, FL
Other Isn’t Skype free
The Trop is bad baseball venue and even worse for football. The field looked like it had snow on it except where they covered up the baseball dirt area. On the positive side ESPN announcers said MagicJack more than the required number of times. (attendance: 25,205)
Emerald Bowl Date Dec. 27 ESPN Teams Miami vs. California
Venue AT&T Park
Location San Francisco, Calif.
Saturday by the bay but another of the baseball stadium game. AT&T park feature the endzone wall and the ever popular shared sideline.
Roady’s Humanitarian Bowl Dec. 30 Teams Maryland vs. Nevada
Venue Bronco Stadium
Location Boise, ID
Other: High temperature of 40 with rain
Maryland fans are falling all over themselves to book airline tickets for a winter trip to land of the Smurf Turf. This game has been the boobie prize of the ACC for several years now. Which is worse for Ralph and the boy: staying home for the holidays or seeing the sites in Boise.
GMAC Bowl Jan. 6 Teams Tulsa vs. Ball State
Venue Ladd-Peebles stadium
Location Mobile, AL
Other GMAC is in serious trouble
The only bowl game using Federal bailout money the only issue here is the late dat of this game. Yes, the hardcore college football fan will care but by January 6th most are looking forward to next fall.
Is there such phenomenon as fan fatigue? Anyone who has taken an economics class is familiar with the concept of the law of diminishing return. At a certain point additional input will not result in additional output. A simple why to look at the issue is that you could put five grains of wheat in a pot and get five nice plants but would have little success if you put 500 or 5,000 grains in that limited space.
Much has been made this week of the prices that Orange Bowl tickets are selling for and more specifically the weak demand on the part of Virginia Tech fans. Usually VT fans are among the most loyal. Loyal in this case comes with the expectation that they will open their wallets and buy. Unfortunately fans cannot afford the show their passion with dollars becoming increasing limited. Looking at the rear view mirror, the ACC Championship Game and the lack of attendance may have been the canary in the mine telling us that all is not right in the land of college football. Further that the Orange Bowl may be a preview of a new reality where the ability of fans to fund ever more expensive programs.
There will be those that will look recession proof as the growing continue be it a greatly reduced pace. But give the grimness of the current economic landscape we could see first a reduction in the “ESPN-make a Bowl” games followed by programs having to do more with less and even some schools dropping out of the FBS group.
Perhaps on the part of VT fans their may be some fatigue of making the trip to Miami for a second straight year coupled with the knowledge that they may not be the best team in the ACC (Georgia Tech is ranked much higher) and the they are played the very unsexy University of Cincinnati Beatcats. Bearcats fans are at least excited by the novelty of attending a BCS game but are still considered by footballs old money are unworthy of a serious bowl game.
People the current economic environment is uglier than anything since the 1970's (and into the early 80's), the readjustment in the larger economy will trickle down to college football. Where will your team be when the dust clears?
12/22--Addendum: as Scott Armstrong points out the ticket is the cheap part of the bowl experience.
Ever watch the two line judges come running in to stop the ball? When it is your team their judgment is often too short and too long for the other team. Then when the precise location has been determined the chains are brought out only to tell us that it is now fourth and three links. While the outcome of the game may depends upon the officials flawed estimations, generally the placement is close enough to the casual view without his hopes and dreams of vicarious glory invested the final score.
Missing quote, "And now I need to go back to my Sit and Spin from the nice people at Kenner."
The change in venue from Jacksonville to Tampa was designed to fix the attendance problem but as this fiasco shows the issue is with the product, ACC football. Both the SEC and Big 12 (at least filling the lower deck) had fans in the stands for their games so blaming the economy does not hold water. The problem here is the product and the lack of customers willing to pony up.
A real suggestion for the ACC is to schedule their football game around basketball games to be played in Tampa that weekend. Invite six ACC schools to play games OOC games over the same weekend in Tampa with two games on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Sadly, resorting to adding basketball to the ACC Championship game mix would be an admission the Atlantic Coast (is still a basketball) Conference.
The officials have measured and it is now 3rd and 16.