Northwestern - Nebraska was ABC's tier one choice. It's mirrored on ESPN2, for areas that show USF - Louisville. UM-MSU was the BTN's second tier selection. I don't know why they slotted the game at 330 rather than noon, though.
Rivalry game on BTN? Why?
Coming from New York, the weekly slate is usually pretty weak. I can't believe that the UM/MSU alumni base can't generate better ratings than a random Big 12 or SEC matchup.
There's something baffling to me about a lot of this thread: why would it matter to ESPN how important this game is in Michigan? They aren't the Michigan Sports Network or Fox Sports Detroit--they need at least a regional audience, if not national. Outside of the Chicago alumni base and Toledo, out-of-state interest in MSU football is nil. I have never, since I moved back to Cincinnati, seen a bar flying a State flag during football season. Or seen a State bumper sticker. Or met a State fan, if you exclude the parents of a current State player (who weren't State fans until their son decided to play there).
From here it's probably the most invisible of the 12 B1G schools. Maybe Iowa comes close.
My issue is simple. RCN in Boston simply does not carry the BTN. It does not exist in their channel lineup in this area. Not in the premium, sports or any other package. Which basically means I either change my cable service for maybe 3 days a year, or watch a crappy illegal stream or go to a bar.
I really wish the BTN would stream the damn thing online and allow people to buy packages. I would gladly pay for that. Just seems like they are leaving money on the table given that they have already made the infrastructure investment to support Btn2Go.
they're willing to leave that money on the table because they'd rather have people like you they can use to pressure RCN to carry the network.
It sucks, but I think that's what's going on.
The model you're talking about is intuitive, economical, and efficient, which is why it doesn't exist (outside of Netflix). The cable companies should be entirely obsolete now that technology allows content providers to reach the consumers directly, but their influence is too well-entrenched for them to let themselves be marginalized. Because it's the cable companies who pay the networks for the right to carry their channels, they put strict restrictions on the networks' ability to offer their content through other means. That's why no TV network provides a way for customers to subscribe to their stream directly and cut out the middle man.
The TV networks are also not entirely stoked about the idea of cutting out the cable companies and creating a free market system, since many of them have multiple channels and they can freely move programming between channels because the cable companies carry all of their channels (e.g., ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Classic, ESPNU, etc). If they allowed the consumer to subscribe to a single stream a la carte, they would face the pressure of ensuring that in each time slot, they're airing the most popular programming possible for that time of day.
You are familiar with the dumpster fire that is the B1G, correct? We have literally zero representation in the BCS top -25. Not a single team. Conferences we have that ini common with: Mac, Sun-Belt, WAC... Yep, that about sums it up.
If you have dish can you still call them and order the BigTen Network just for a day? My dad did this the other year and they charged him 5 dollars or something. Does anyone know if this is possible??
Its free to upgrade and $5 to downgrade your package. So you can upgrade to a higher package on saturday for free and then downgrade after a day. You will pay $5 + cost diff for upgraded package for a day. Hope this helps
It's not unprecedented for the Michigan-MSU game to be aired on BTN. I remember that the '09 MSU game was aired on BTN.
On a related note, does anyone know how it's determined which games air on ESPN/ABC and which games air on BTN?
I don't know about college football specifically, but i do work in the broadcast rights business (MLB-related) so can provide some insight. For baseball at least each broadcaster is given first choice to games based on a rotating priority system (ESPN may have top choice one week, but last choice the next.) they then choose the games they want to broadcast an then the other broadcasters choose among which games are left (it is actually much more complicated than this as there are many other factors, including how much money each broadcaster is paying for their rights, etc., but I'm just trying to make it simple for explanation purposes). I imagine something similar happens in CFB - so either BTN ha a high priority this week and choose M-MSU or ESPN passed on the game. This is just my speculation from what I've dealt with in baseball.
As bad as sports announcers are in general, the BTN announcers always find some way to be worse than the rest. Just painful to listen to. Luckily I'll be at the game.
Because nobody outside of Michigan give a shit about this game.
Thank one next time you eat.
Stop whining...this isn't the first Michigan/MSU game on BTN...and it's regional interest anyway.
Whats the best shirt for the little brother beatdown this weekend and what store can I purchase it at? Gonna be north and have to get it last minute.
Can we just agree and be glad that DISH/BTN finally got their deal done in time for this game!