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Most Wonderful Time of the Year

December 17, 2015

 

MATT VALCHO 

VALCHO

VALCHO

Sports Editor | mvv002@latech.edu.

 

The most wonderful time of the football year is here: bowl season.

 

Starting this Saturday, there will be a football game almost every day for nearly a month.

 

I love football. I love watching football. But that is way too many games.

 

Games like the Holy War rivalry between Brigham Young University and University of Utah, a heavyweight classic featuring Notre Dame vs. Ohio State and a matchup between highflying offenses Texas Christian University and Oregon stand out as the most intriguing of the bowl season.

 

Of course we can’t forget the second edition of the College Football Playoff with Clemson taking on Oklahoma and Alabama battling Michigan State.

 

The number of great bowl games is a football fan’s dream come true. I can’t wait.

 

Unfortunately, to get to the good games, we have to wade through the sea of average and mediocre games that crowd the packed bowl schedule.

 

Why is it necessary to have 40 bowl games? The answer is that it’s not necessary at all.

 

Who profits from these games? Some schools lose money to send their players, coaches, band, student organization, alumni and personnel associated with the team on an all-expenses paid trip to some city that could be hundreds of miles away.

 

Bigger schools break even with revenue sharing, but for smaller schools the loss has the potential to be great.

 

Obviously the players don’t profit, but that’s a topic for another day. Fans will watch football mindlessly no matter who is playing so that brings us to the main benefactors.

 

Television networks benefit most from all the bowls, namely ESPN.

 

ESPN televises all but three of this year’s bowl games. In fact, a subsidiary of ESPN owns and operates some bowl games being shown on the ESPN family of networks.

 

The worldwide leader dominates the sports landscape so it is unsurprising that ESPN owns bowl season.

 

That being said, the only way the number of bowl games dropping is if people stop watching football. I can’t say I see that happening anytime soon.

 

Matt Valcho is a junior journalism major from Benton who serves as sports editor for the Tech Talk. Email comments to mvv002@latech.edu.

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