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According to the Sport Business Journal we get some insight as to why the B1G was so protective of the Rose Bowl during the playoff negotiations this summer. (Hint - it wasn't nostalgia or a desire to play in the Granddaddy of Them All.)
The payoff has increased 167% to an average of $80M a year over the 12-year deal beginning in 2015 and ending in 2026. Link here http://www.sportsbusinessdaily.com/Journal/Issues/2012/07/16/Colleges/BCS-playoffs.aspx via Kyle Meinke here http://annarbor.com/sports/um-football/report-rose-bowl-more-than-doubles-revenue-in-latest-espn-deal/?cmpid=mlive-@mlive-wolverines .
Deals for the Orange and Outback bowls are pending per the SBJ, so we'll see if the Rose Bowl deal is a market-maker.
So, on this, one of three days a year in which there are no major four sports games going, we have the ESPYs.
I LOATHE the idea of letting people vote on awards. People are stupid. Voting is almost always done for a favorite and not a true winner.
First complaint: (EDIT) Chris Berman confusing me about what year plays took place (see below).
In the words of THE KNOWLEDGE: Comments commence.
Okay, I don't know about anyone else, but I'm pretty wrung out after all the navel gazing in the wake of yesterday's loss to Uncle Mark and his Convicts-In-Training.
Time for some humor. The Onion has nailed the WWL and its he said-he said format. Come to think of it, this pretty much describes all of cable news, too.
TV ratings have been through the roof so far. This isn't really a surprise, but awesome to see nonetheless. The US-England game rated higher than Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals and higher than any of the first 5 games of the NBA finals (if I recall correctly). What would be nice is a fancy...
Chart? Ok, sure, a chart.
|Game and Time||Millions of Viewers|
|USA v. England (2:30pm EST, Saturday 6/12)||17.1|
|USA v. Slovenia (10am EST, Friday 6/18)||7.5|
|USA v. Algeria (10am EST, Wednesday 6/23)||8.4|
My first, tame question is: Does tomorrow's game out-draw the England game? Ghana isn't the motherland, but it's the knockout stages and people are in full World Cup fever. Does it hit 20M? 25? 30?
Now larger picture: ESPN dumped the money into this World Cup and has got the results they were looking for. This must lead to more soccer coverage right? Better awareness of WC qualifiers from the world-wide leader, nice cushy spots atop sportscenter, better coverage of La Liga and the EPL, etc, etc. American soccer fans can only hope.
Also, I find it remarkably awesome that 8.4 million people tuned into the game in the middle of a Wednesday workday. How much money did companies across the country lose for those two hours?
He's just excellent. Sure, we don't agree with him all the time, but he's really been a blessing to ESPN. And when he agrees that he isn't right, he owns up to it.
This is what he wrote after the Illinois debacle (can't find the link):
"After an impressive performance in the season opener against Western Michigan, Robinson's unit has declined sharply. I heard a lot about improved communication and better cohesion before the season, but the defense endures multiple major breakdowns in every game. Whether it's pass defense against Notre Dame and Penn State or run defense against Illinois, the defense has been a disaster and it falls in his lap."
Someone from mgoblog emailed him about Mispogon's now legendary (and rightfully so) analysis of "The Decimated Defense." Sure enough, Adam linked to it. (Again, sorry I don't have the link.)
Now look at this interview with him and Brian Bennett, and scroll down to the part about defense. As you should notice, rather than railing on Gerg, he's talking about the attrition and the overall lack of depth on defense.
Clearly, here's a guy who does his homework. He is responsible, reasonable, and willing to take his ego out of the equation and correct his own mistakes. In doing so, he demonstrates a willingness to listen to other opinions and learn more about an issue. Contrast that with, say, Joe Schad, who apparently is a lazy SOB and was responsible for a real turd of an article in which he wrote that Bill Martin "slammed" the defense, when Martin merely just said that the defense has to improve. http://mgoblog.com/mgoboard/espn-martin-slams-defense
Adam is clearly also a guy I can learn a thing or two from, as evidenced by me calling him Ryan. Whoops.