Americans simply cannot get enough of football on television.
According to a December 26, 2014 article in USA Today entitled “Bowl Game Attendance on Decline But TV Interest Grows,” author Brent Schrotenboer states, “Even though ticket demand is relatively low for lesser bowls, millions of viewers keep watching, even if it’s the Camellia Bowl in Montgomery, Ala., a game that drew just 20,256 fans last week but attracted an average television audience of 1,114,000, according to ESPN.”
Schrotenboer goes on to say, “Only one bowl game last year drew fewer than 1.2 million viewers on average, according to Nielsen. That’s better than the 1.1 million who watched an opening day baseball game last year between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox. Nationally broadcast regular season baseball games in 2012 and 2013 averaged about 680,000 viewers.”
Can you imagine then the following scenario for the college football bowl season:
ESPN builds its own television studio strictly for the purpose of hosting college bowl games. The television network already owns and operates 11 bowl games. In that way, it has no middleman to deal with for these additional events, eliminating having to negotiate with a separate facility to host the game. No costs for having to drive production trailers or fly technical crews halfway across the country.
Since this facility would be built as a television studio and not as an outdoor multipurpose arena, ESPN could make attending the bowl game a true multimedia experience for the fan, with special effects like lasers. lights and smoke. The network could ensure the bowl experience for the live attendee as well as the television viewer to be unlike any other.
But here’s the catch: the ESPN studio would have only a limited number of seats, say 5,000 or less, which would minimize construction costs. The studio would not need to be much larger than the average college football program’s practice facility. Just big enough to show to the million plus viewers that there are actually some fans in the stands. Thus, there wouldn’t be a single bad seat in the house. You’d be ufabet เว็บหลัก assured an up-close and personal bowl experience. And because of the intimate atmosphere, the sounds from the fans would reverberate throughout the facility.
Because of the limited supply of seats, this would force ticket demand (and prices) up. No more 60,000- or 80,000-seat facilities that are less than a quarter full. It would be a 180-degree change from the current experience, in which many schools need to rely on daily deal sites to help unload their share of allocated tickets.
Thus, the universities would benefit because they wouldn’t be forced to buy the thousands of tickets that they cannot sell (even on Groupon).
ESPN could use this facility multiple times during the expanse of the two- to three-week bowl period.
For instance, this year five additional college football teams qualified for a bowl that they were not invited to. That’s two additional games that the schools and network are not generating millions of dollars from, forcing television viewers to instead watch sitcom reruns when they would much rather be enjoying a live sporting event. And advertisers would rather be buying time on a television program that most viewers will