I pretty much agree with this post from the Oregonian’s Duck Football blog:
The Last Thing You Want Is For Fans To See The Games
Bob Rickert October 15, 2008 07:10AM
Man is the Pac-10 screwed up. I could use harsher language, but I won’t. Brutal. Brutal leadership is what I’ll call it. Brutal in every way.
Now comes word that the Pac-10 won’t allow the Ducks to televise their own football game. And when you hear it’s ‘contractual’, because you know they’ll find an excuse/reason of their own, remember, these are the networks that quite honestly, are treating the conference like a little child anyway. The networks with very very little respect for the Pac 10. I’d put it on the same level as Conference USA actually. In all sports that’s the level of respect that Tom Hansen and his guys have sunk the conference to. Pathetic leadership.
Let’s see, if Tom Hansen had any guts, a clue about 19th century marketing, or any vision at all, THE PAC TEN WOULD HAVE IT’S OWN NETWORK AND EVERY SCHOOL WOULDN’T HAVE TO BE OUT THERE PLAYING COWBOY ON THEIR OWN.
Funny how all the USC games are on television, even when they stunk. Funny how that works for UCLA.
Well, I’ll be there in person. So I’m one of the lucky ones. I’ll fire reports as much as possible.
Ha, also makes me wonder.
What about instant replay? With no cameras, or only one or two cameras set up for the schools themselves, is it valid to even use it? Do the rules change because the teams playing aren’t in the national title hunt 5 games into the season?
Do the fans matter less because they’re not rooting for USC?
Yes. And, yes.
Thanks Tom Hansen. Well negotiated.