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It seems the conference is poised to request a waiver to allow a conference championship game. I for one am against it because it either means we do away with the full round robin or it's guaranteed to be a rematch. I guess it brings in TV dollars? But how's the Pac 12's championship working out? They play on a Friday night, and to my knowledge, almost no one watches (and even fewer attend).
Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby says the league likely will seek permission from the NCAA to hold a championship game even though it doesn't have the 12 members required under the current rules.
I'm not a huge fan of it when you can have a full round robin without it, but understand the desire. The conference scramble isn't over and they'll do anything for cash.
I don't know the PAC 12 ratings, but the game is at the home field of the team with the better record and is a packed house. When USC is down, PAC ratings usually go with it. For whoever broadcasts the game though, it doesn't take a lot of eyes to make for a good number on a Friday night.
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Stanford Stadium seats 50,000, and the attendance this year, in the second year of the game, Stanford's first appearance, and a ROSE BOWL appearance on the line was 31,622. The 2011 game was, however, a sellout.
VERY good point about some eyeballs being better than a typical Friday night, but in the 2011 game was outpaced in its timeslot by both "Extreme Makeover Home Edition" and "A Gifted Man," which also started at 8:00 EST. The 2012 game was viewed less than two other shows that started at the same time as well: "Undercover Boss" and "Last Man Standing." I guess Fox must get a bump, but it's not enough to push it past two other relatively cheaper to produce shows.
Stanford is odd that way. I'd bet they sell out the game (or get 50k+ in big stadiums) for the rest of the first decade (minus other Stanford hosted games).
The Big XII is basically asking the NCAA to give them a license to print some more money because someone will pay for this things TV rights. I think the implied message is let us do this or face even more chaos in the conference issue as we go looking for 2 more teams. What I think ends up happening is the Big XII uses this to plump up their per team payout numbers and then goes shopping for a few more teams anyway.
Conference re-alignment sucks.
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