One Fan’s Opinion: Why I May Just Give Up On College Football

Written December 23rd, 2011 by MaliBuckeye

Today marks the sacred celebration of Festivus, so we here at tBBC have been prepping for the Feats of Strength- JoeD used to wrestle, Rob and Jason have Buckeye football backgrounds, but my money’s on Jim… I think he brings a ton of tenacity to the table.

Anyway, another important Festivus tradition is the “Airing Of Grievances”… and we turn the mike over to our friend and investigative reporter Westy, who weighs in on the state of the sport in Columbus and beyond.

So what do you say now that the news has been handed down?  The Ohio State University will be punished with additional scholarship losses, and most notably no Bowl game in 2012.  If you’re anything like me you spewed a line of almost incomprehensible obscenities and threats at your radio while driving back to work from your lunch break.  But pause for a moment and take a look at the bigger picture with me, if you will.  College football is broken.  No not in this “everyone is cheating, oh heavens to betsy!… quick get Grandma off the roof!” sense of the word broken.  It’s broken in the sense that it’s dominated by greed and money, and the game quite frankly doesn’t matter anymore.  Let me list for you a few of the plethora of reasons college football is broken…

ESPN

Locked And Loaded

The biggest source of sports news in the world is ESPN.  This goes for college football as well.  There are other sources out there (you’re reading one right now), but if you want to talk the head honcho — you talk ESPN.  ESPN has a financial contract with the SEC; a FIFTEEN year contract worth several billion dollars, to show SEC games on their family of networks.  They are in every sense of the phrase, “in bed” with the SEC.  Pause and think about that for a moment.  The number one source of college football commentary, reporting, news, etc … has a vested interest in seeing only ONE of the eleven major college football conferences succeed.  Am I the only one who noticed the conflict of interest there?  Am I the only one who doesn’t wonder aloud if all of their hardcore investigating into Ohio State, Penn State, Oregon, UNC, USC, etc, etc… is just a bit curious since they by in large ignored situations at Auburn, Georgia, South Carolina, LSU… How many of you can tell me what the cases even WERE at all four of those SEC schools?

Think for a moment if the President of the United States, (be it Barrack Obama, George W Bush, Harrison Ford, whoever…) had all of the major new networks on his side.  Let’s say that maybe those networks have a contract with the President, where they get to show his public addresses on their networks, in return for a huge chunk of money. No switching to Fox or to MSNBC for the opposite prospective, they both like the guy and dislike his rivals….  Does that make your stomach turn a bit?  Does that make you wonder about the “slant” they’re giving their information?  ESPN is to sports, what MTV is to music, only ESPN doesn’t air Jackass (although you’d never know the difference if you looked at their commentary line up, ahem, May/Holtz/Corso/Herbstriet/etc). Read More

After a brief hiatus, we’re back with another fantastic edition of the Buckeye Battle Cry Radio Hour, and it’s certainly one you don’t want to miss- a special “show me the money” episode.

Mali talks to “The Wiz of Odds”, Jay Christensen from the blog thewizofodds.com. They discuss Jay’s research into the financial realities of the college post-season, and the impact this has on the sport as a whole.

First up is none other than Mr. Jonathan Wells, Ohio State running back from 1998-2001. Jonathan weighs in with Eric on the recent Big Ten discussion of extra support for athletes, the current situation of OSU Football, and his perspective on Coach Tressel.  He and Eric talk a bit about his take on Nebraska joining the conference, and he also lets us in on what he’s currently up to, including his Record Label (From the Ground Up Records) and coffee interests.

You definitely want to hear what this power-packed duo has to say! And be sure to subscribe on iTunes so that you’ll be up to date with the latest from our writers and guests.