ESPN's Day of College Football

Submitted by Da Fino on January 8th, 2018 at 10:48 AM

I know this has been pointed out in past years, but it is really astonishing how much ESPN suckles the national title game teat.  Behold your Day of College Football Presented by Corporate Sponsor

 

1:00 PM
Road To The College Football Playoff Presented by AT&T
  espnu
1:30 PM
College Football Live Built by The Home Depot
  espn1
1:30 PM
Road To The College Football Playoff Presented by AT&T
  espnu
2:00 PM
Road To The College Football Playoff Presented by AT&T
  espnews
3:00 PM
College GameDay Built by The Home Depot
  espn1
3:00 PM
College Football Live
  espnu
4:30 PM
Road To The College Football Playoff Presented by AT&T
  espnu
5:00 PM
Road To The College Football Playoff Presented by AT&T
  espnu
6:00 PM
Championship Drive Presented by Allstate
  espn1
6:30 PM
Road To The College Football Playoff Presented by AT&T
  espnu
6:30 PM
CFP Pregame Field Pass: 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship
  espn2
7:00 PM
Road To The College Football Playoff Presented by AT&T
  espnu
7:30 PM
H&R Block College Football Pregame
  espn1
7:30 PM
SkyCam: 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship Presented by AT&T
  espn3
7:30 PM
High SkyCam: 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship Presented by AT&T
  espn3
7:30 PM
College Football Bowl Game Pre/Post Studio
  espndeportes
7:30 PM
Road To The College Football Playoff Presented by AT&T
  espnu
7:30 PM
H&R Block College Football Pregame
  espnews
7:58 PM
Command Center: 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship Presented by AT&T
  espn3
8:00 PM
In Spanish - #4 Alabama vs. #3 Georgia (CFP National Championship)
  espndeportes
8:00 PM
Nissan Pregame Rush
  espn1
8:00 PM
The Dan Le Batard Show: 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship Presented by AT&T
  espn3
8:00 PM
NFL Live: 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship Presented by AT&T
  espn3
8:00 PM
SportsCenter with SVP: 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship Presented by AT&T
  espn3
8:00 PM
The Cool Room NYC: 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship Presented by AT&T
  espn3
8:00 PM
ESPN at LA Live: 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship Presented by AT&T
  espn3
8:00 PM
Nissan Pregame Rush
  espnu
8:00 PM
Nissan Pregame Rush
  espn2
8:00 PM
Nissan Pregame Rush
  espnews
8:15 PM
Homers Telecast: 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship Presented by AT&T
  espn2
8:15 PM
#4 Alabama vs. #3 Georgia (CFP National Championship)
  espn1
8:15 PM
Sounds of the Game: 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship
  espn3
8:15 PM
All-22: 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship Presented by AT&T
  espn3
8:15 PM
Data Center: 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship Presented by AT&T
  espn3
8:15 PM
Georgia Radio Call: 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship Presented by AT&T
  espn3
8:15 PM
Alabama Radio Call: 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship Presented by AT&T
  espn3
8:15 PM
Command Center: 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship Presented by AT&T
  goalline
8:15 PM
ESPN Voices: 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship Presented by AT&T
  espnu
8:15 PM
CFP Coaches Film Room: 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship Presented by AT&T
  espnews
11:45 PM
Ford Escape Postgame
  espn1
11:45 PM
#4 Alabama vs. #3 Georgia (CFP National Championship) (re-air)
  espnu
11:45 PM
College Football Final Presented by Capital One
  espn2

EDIT:  Wait, I missed some more:

2:00 PM
Saban and Smart: A Championship Conversation
  espnu
2:30 PM
SEC Featured: National Championship Special
  espnu
5:30 PM
SEC Featured: National Championship Special
  espnu
6:00 PM
Saban and Smart: A Championship Conversation
  espnu
1:00 PM
SEC Featured: National Championship Special
  sec
1:30 PM
Saban and Smart: A Championship Conversation
  sec
2:00 PM
SEC Featured: National Championship Special
  sec
2:30 PM
Saban and Smart: A Championship Conversation
  sec
6:00 PM
SEC Nation Presented by AT&T
  sec
8:15 PM
Finebaum Film Room: CFP National Championship

 

Comments

Longballs Dong…

January 8th, 2018 at 10:59 AM ^

what exactly are you missing on Monday afternoon? who cares. I don't get why people go so far out of their way to try to attack ESPN. I watch sports on the channel and enjoy it. If you don't like their personalities, don't watch. all day time tv sucks, do you complain about the 27 judge shows or terrible daytime talk? it's like someone decided making fun of espn (or NBA) was cool so now all the nerds want to impress the cool kids by piling on. who gives a shit.

4roses

January 8th, 2018 at 11:40 AM ^

Point well taken, but . . . Let me try and explain why it should, perhaps, bother us. What this is showing is the ESPN belief in the "moar is better" idea of content delivery. The idea that if something is getting ratings just expand and duplicate ad nauseam. It's what has led to Sunday night football, and Thursday night football, and "Double" Monday Night football (on the NFL front) and Thursday night, Wednesday night, and Tuesday college games. It is also (IMHO) what gave us First Take and all the other PTI copycats. And while it does make some sense to try and expand coverage or create new shows of a similar ilk, you can only do that so much without dilluting everything else. 

Longballs Dong…

January 8th, 2018 at 12:23 PM ^

But you are missing two things, 1. ESPN airs 24/7 and there has always been bad content and they will always be searching for any possible content to air during days (all networks so this). 2. all the expansion that you mention (which I like btw, it allows me to watch more Lions games from out of state) is a result of success. They do it because it's working and people are watching. as mentioned, if you don't like it, don't watch it. if people don't watch, they'll change the format. I guess you and me (and most of society) are at odds with our sports philosophies: I do believe more options are better and I will gladly choose when not to watch. today, I'll watch the game and choose not to watch the pregame stuff. to be fair, I wasn't going to turn on ESPN during the day anyway so now I'm back to who gives a shit what they show during the day.

mgobaran

January 8th, 2018 at 11:01 AM ^

Absolutely disgusting that the National Title is played on a school night, and ends after Midnight (no way the final whistle blows at 11:45 per their schedule). Put this game on Saturday Afternoon where it belongs. How are kids supposed to fall in love with the sport when they are continuely ostracized from the best games due to a sleep schedule?

mgobaran

January 8th, 2018 at 1:06 PM ^

I'm not even 30 yet, but yeah. Old soul, maybe. If I cared at all I'd stay up to watch it no problem. I just think back to when I was 7, if I hadn't watched that 1997 Rose Bowl, would I still love Michigan/College football nearly as much as I do?

ijohnb

January 8th, 2018 at 11:08 AM ^

the National Title game format is an absolute mess.  The other part to this is that any game of any kind can only be so exciting once it actually starts, so the amount of pre-game hype that it gets always ends up making the actual game kind of pale in comparison.  The Super-Bowl syndrome.  Once the game actually starts it is nearly always a let down.

I posted it on The Climb thread.  I don't like the Playoff.  I know that there is a lot of regional bias involved, etc., but with who I work with and socialize, nobody cares about this game tonight.  I actually don't think it would mean as much to me as The Game or the MSU game even if we were in it.

N. Campus Tech

January 8th, 2018 at 11:17 AM ^

The only league that gets their playoffs right is the NFL. The latest starts are 8pm on Saturdays, and the final game is 6 pm (or is it 6:30?) on a Sunday.

I remember being pissed as a kid wanting to watch the World Series. There was the 8 pm "start." Then you had to sit through the introductions and the national anthem. Lucky for the first pitch to be thrown by 8:30.

Edit:

NCAA Basketball is a close second. Move the Final Four to friday. 7pm/9:30 tip offs. Championship on Sunday at 7:pm.

Perkis-Size Me

January 8th, 2018 at 11:16 AM ^

Well if you knew that this was all you had for months and months before your next national, primetime event was going to be on your station, I'd milk the hell out of it too. 

ESPN does not typically even get the big name college basketball matchups anymore. Those are going to CBS, ABC, etc. ESPN gets what's left over. ESPN gets no broadcasting rights for March Madness, the Final Four, the NBA Finals or Stanley Cup Finals, the Olympics or the World Cup. That is probably 95% of the nationally-televised sporting programs that will happen over the next half a year. And ESPN gets to broadcast NONE of it. 

Aside from the first night of the NFL Draft, this is all ESPN has got between now and the start of next year's college football season. Even the MNF games they get are awful compared to what NBC gets for the primetime SNF matchups. As of tomorrow, it's going to be eight straight months of almost nothing but dissecting LeBron's twitter account and getting into pissing matches with LaVar Ball. 

LSAClassOf2000

January 8th, 2018 at 11:42 AM ^

All this run-up to the game, one which I very likely will not watch unless it is getting interesting towards the end, and apparently they get a Big Ten crew, per the chatter on Twitter, which means they'll need to slot some time for the selection of the game's designated "Fucked Team".