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    Re: How ESPN Owns College Football:

    I'd have to look it up, but before 2011, the highest attended seasons were the last couple seasons of the 1970's through like 1981. We averaged something like 51000-52000 around that time. It was after the early 80's until the mid-late 90's that our attendance sunk into the mid 30's.



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    Re: How ESPN Owns College Football:

    ESPN's role in conference realignment can never be called conspiracy theory ever again . . . towards the end of the article:

    The extent of ESPN’s involvement in the reordering of conferences has been the subject of much debate. N.C.A.A. rules forbid television networks from dictating what they want conferences or colleges to do, but they are free to offer an opinion if asked.

    Mr. Skipper, ESPN’s president, acknowledged that conference officials frequently consulted him.

    “I had, on occasion, two conference commissioners ask me about adding the same school,” Mr. Skipper said, “and I said to both of them: ‘Yes, you should add that school. If you can add that very prominent school, it would be good for your conference. But I’m not telling you to do it.’ I don’t provide leading advice, and I don’t say, ‘Wink, wink, I’ll pay you more money if you do that.’ ”



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    Re: How ESPN Owns College Football:

    The ISU on the truck didn't give it away?


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    Re: How ESPN Owns College Football:

    Quote Originally Posted by mtowncyclone13 View Post
    Yeah, why do our stands always look bad. Give em a paint job or something!
    The sell out crowd covers them up regardless :) Pay as well paint them blaze orange.



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    Re: How ESPN Owns College Football:

    Mr. Skipper....Mr. Skipper....The Minnow is going down!

    A three hour tour...a three hour tour....



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    Re: How ESPN Owns College Football:

    I just wish I had a Chevy LUV pickup. Those things were badass.



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    Re: How ESPN Owns College Football:

    With the investment espn has with the sec and more specifically, the manziel bandwagon, it explains why the focus is not his eligibility, but rather whether he should be paid or not. not exactly in the best interest of espn to have the cash cow go down.



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    Re: How ESPN Owns College Football:

    After reading that article reaffirming all the well-known suspicions behind the ESPN empire, I will be giving Fox Sports 1 some much needed attention this Fall. I'm really wonder why it has taken Fox, and NBC to a lesser extent, so long to get in on the game.

    It is sickening how ESPN can literally pick colleges and make them nationally relevant...which also gives them power, in theory, to actually burden colleges that should be more relevant than they are. Not every SEC team is better than everyone else, but they will have us believe that, and it will eventually influence the new playoff structure. Also, they are literally carrying Penn State through their punishment so that the least damage is done to one of the teams that deserved it the most in recent history. Pre-season All-Access Penn State...who cares!?...NO thank you. Disgusting.



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    Re: How ESPN Owns College Football:

    Quote Originally Posted by Jarrods79 View Post
    After reading that article reaffirming all the well-known suspicions behind the ESPN empire, I will be giving Fox Sports 1 some much needed attention this Fall. I'm really wonder why it has taken Fox, and NBC to a lesser extent, so long to get in on the game.

    It is sickening how ESPN can literally pick colleges and make them nationally relevant...which also gives them power, in theory, to actually burden colleges that should be more relevant than they are. Not every SEC team is better than everyone else, but they will have us believe that, and it will eventually influence the new playoff structure. Also, they are literally carrying Penn State through their punishment so that the least damage is done to one of the teams that deserved it the most in recent history. Pre-season All-Access Penn State...who cares!?...NO thank you. Disgusting.
    Winner. I especially agree with the Penn State comment. Their games shouldn't even be on TV for the next 10 years, let alone their all-access junk.



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    Re: How ESPN Owns College Football:

    From the looks of it, seems like it's pretty early in the pre-game for the stadium to be full.

    I'm also glad we do not perform team stretching exercises in public...especially those pictured! /facepalm



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    Re: How ESPN Owns College Football:

    Quote Originally Posted by huntt26 View Post
    Winner. I especially agree with the Penn State comment. Their games shouldn't even be on TV for the next 10 years, let alone their all-access junk.

    No kidding, what would you rather have, low tier bowl game or a TV show that focuses soley on your program? Amazing this is even allowed.



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    Re: How ESPN Owns College Football:

    I thought it would be fun to guess who some of the people are in that photo. I'm probably wrong on most but...

    On the near side 35 in the yellow jacket is Chuck Lester, who came form OU with Duncan.
    Just to the right of the cameramans right arm is Sparky Woods, who later coached South Carolina.
    On the 40 (right by the numeral) on his back might be Doran Geise.
    Then the next group in on the 40, the guy on his knees stretching the other player might be Bruce Reimers.
    Way across the field, two coaches together, the one in the burgandy jacket is Duncan. I think he always wore a hooded jacket and not the pullover yellow sweatshirt.
    The coach way on the far left might be Ron Watson, recruiting coordinator.


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