Pac 12 Football Teams DirecTV Update
Well, there is still no solution in sight to the Pac !2 Network and DirecTV. How soon will this will a solution remain at loggerheads? We now are looking at the 6th week of college football. The genis
Monday, the Pac-12 announced that the Cal-Washington State game Oct. 13 will be at 7:30 p.m. in Pullman. It got me to thinking again about the possible price of Pac-12 TV exposure and the lucrative new contracts the league has spawned with ESPN, Fox and the Pac-12 Networks.
Count me among those who feel the ability to see every game on TV is a big bonus for fans (assuming your carrier isn’t DirecTV, which still hasn’t reached agreement with the Pac-12). The money is a huge boon to the 12 schools, no matter their financial state.
Still, we’re beginning to see some of the residual effects on fans, and I wonder whether we’re moving toward a time — maybe we’re already there — when the games are less about the people in the seats than the folks with a remote in their hands.
Last week at CenturyLink field, Washington drew 55,941 to its game with eighth-ranked Stanford. Got to admit, I was a little surprised it wasn’t a bigger crowd.
But then, you’ve got mitigating factors: The Huskies were still pretty much an unknown commodity. It was a 6 p.m. start, and that works a hardship on some people, getting to the stadium, parking and being there on time. And the fact it’s in a stadium away from campus — even if it is only a few miles away — makes it unappealing to some. I had some friends tell me they went to the San Diego State game and weren’t planning to go back, saying it wasn’t at all like the college atmosphere they enjoy at the UW.
And then there’s the TV angle. Given any of the above factors, it becomes easy just to say: Let’s stay home and watch it on TV. More than one knowledgable observer has looked at the NFL in recent years, at the ticket prices, the seat-license fee that might be required for the tickets, just the overall investment in going to a game — and decided that with the quantum advances in TV, the experience is better at home. And a lot cheaper.
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