Friday, October 31, 2014

Does ESPN Actually Have An SEC Bias?

The face you make when you find out that Tim Beckman is in primetime
Before we answer the question posted in today's title, I would like quickly doth my blogging cap to the college playoff selection committee for a job well done through one week.  I have no gripe at all with the initial rankings and it will all play out anyway but I enjoy seeing that WHEN you lose doesn't matter all that much and horrible losses are fucking killer (Hi Ohio!).  But you need more than one week of success to be ELITE.  Hell, you need more than one year.  Brady Hoke had one good year.  That's easy.  Keep getting this shit right and we'll all be on board forever.

So...back to the topic at hand.  Last week, feline friend Bo Pelini took ESPN to task claiming that they have a blatant SEC bias due to owning their conference network and are seeing to it that the SEC continues to be at the forefront of college football discussion.  Chris Fowler fired back over the weekend stating that ESPN would like nothing more than to have ELITE levels of college football played nationwide but it isn't right now.  Gameday goes where the best games are.  Period.  And every once in awhile they will do a novelty appearance in North Dakota or at a service academy.  Basically, if you aren't good then they aren't coming.  Well, who is right here?  They both are.

Bo is right that ESPN sort of has to protect its investment.  The problem with his argument is that ESPN is a business and them focusing on lesser match-ups and teams isn't helping them at all.  Plus, the SEC is an ELITE investment.  If you want more and better coverage from Gameday then BE BETTER.  I assume that Gameday will be up in East Lansing next Saturday but that is pretty much the only time that they should drive their trucks up to the Midwest.  You guys suck.  Period.  This isn't ESPN's problem, this is the conference's problem.  The Big Ten, outside of a few noon games that no one watches, gives the worldwide leader zero reason to promote their garbage match-ups.  You can't have it both ways.  You already get a ton of money somehow from your own network that no one ever turns on.  Don't take all of that money and then whine about how you feel cheated with supplementary coverage.

On ESPN's side, like it or not, the SEC is where the big boys play.  These are the best teams with the best players and best coaches.  They should be covered A LOT.  Just look at how incredible the SEC West is alone.  How can Bo Pelini even argue against that at all.  And I 100% agree with Fowler: I think that they would love to make annual trips to Palo Alto and LA and South Bend and Ann Arbor and Austin but none of those schools deserve it because they either suck hog or don't schedule anyone.  Why is a college football coach concerned with how a gigantic global media force does their business anyway? 

It still comes down to what it always comes down to...The SEC is better than you.  The only way that that is going to change is--well, it isn't going to change because no conference will ever overtake them in relevancy.  So the best bet here is to DEAL WITH IT and worry about what you can control AKA yourself.  By the way, Gameday is in Morgantown for TCU/WVU tomorrow.  I never thought that THAT game would host Corso and the boys.

Let's take a trip to Dut's den to round out the week for another winner.  The MAC Glory Hole of the Week is back above .500 (6-5) and looking to close out strong.  This weekend offers up a weak slate of games as we are about to be rewarded with the annual weeknight MACtion starting this week!  WEEEEEEEEE!  Only two games tomorrow but I think that I've got a lock.  Western Michigan -6.5 @ Miami.  The RedHawks can't stop the run AT ALL and we just lost our starting MLB last week with some sort of arm/shoulder injury.  WeeMoo is on a roll right now and young teams with a ton of confidence are good to bet on.  The Broncos have a big time power run game that should control the clock and TOP and I expect them to win by 10 or so.  Don't believe me.  I already bet on them.

Before we bounce for the weekend, just a quick reminder that ROBERT GRIFFIN THE THIRD is back on Sunday!  I don't like to see Colt McCoy grabbing a clipboard as much as the next guy, but if we are going to win out then this move has to be made.  Enjoy that primetime Illinois game tomorrow night, Bo Pelini...nice fucking conference.

27 comments:

Anonymous said...

For the most part I sort of agree with you. But using..."Look where they went for Gameday!" as the basis for your argument that they aren't completely biased is so dumb fo real. They use these visits as a backdrop to show the days best college football environments...how much of the show is devoted to that game? <10%. The bias is shown when they discuss the SEC in the middle of other games....or show power polls with a top 4 of four SEC schools...etc. But, the SEC is the best so it's somewhat understandable as well. Your GameDay thesis is beyond dumb tho.

--Drew

Mr. Ace said...

Knicks> Cavs

Ya, the whole Gameday part of it is pretty irrelevant. The SEC is totes the best right now and is going to be for a long time to come. They deserve the spotlight because they have earned it. ESPN is going to make money off that network regardless, they don't have to tamper with anything.

GMoney said...

So outside of how we differ in ranking the importance of Gameday, I nailed this. Great!

It still comes down to "if you want better coverage then give them a reason to cover you".

Yikes...the Cavs have some issues to work out. Love and Kyrie looked great. That other guy though needs to shape up or ship out IMO! I wasn't expecting a loss but I am expecting to see more games like that over the first month. Watch, we'll probably beat the Bulls tonight because nothing makes sense.

GMoney said...

Bo sounds like one of those loser #windians fans that gets all mad because the Yankees and Red Sox are always televised over the Windians/Twins and can't figure out why.

Anonymous said...

Bo Pelini is a big Tribe fan actually.

Yeah the SEC is the best right now. Of course ESPN will cover them the most. I don't have an issue with it. The Big 10 needs to not go 2-6 every bowl season and needs to stop losing to MAC teams at home. Also, if Penn St and Michigan would stop being terrible, that would help too. Contracting Purdue and Illinois woudl be a good step as well.

-Damman

GMoney said...

If you want to, we can talk also discuss how big of a whiny tool Jimbo Fisher has become. No, bro, you don't run a clean program. Stop yelling at people who point out the FACTs that you employ a bunch of future convicts. Nice comeback win last night though. I couldn't bring myself to root for Bobby Petrino.

Anonymous said...

Oh man, is FSU the luckiest team ever? They were stuffed on a 3rd and goal the they fumble it 4 yards forward into the end zone for a TD. Winston throws a pick and they fumble on the run back. He throws into triple coverage and the ball somehow makes it through all 3 DBs for a TD. I've never seen a team get so many breaks in one game.

Jimbo is such a tool. He just sounds dumber and more clueless in every interview he gives. He continues to not catch any heat for continuing to have thugs and criminal playing starring roles.

-Damman

Anonymous said...

Take it back. WE are the luckiest team ever.

--2002 Ohio Buckeyes

Anonymous said...

Anon- the 2002 buckeyes weren't lucky at all and were the best team of all time. 14-0. Deal with it.

Rolling Stone put out a great article regarding the SEC bias. They have a few more facts than your gameday argument like how far the sec teams fall in the polls when they lose vs other teams that lose.

Ohio state needs to start scheduling SEC teams in their non conference. The way college football is now, that's the only way to get respect. If osu doesn't make the playoff, hopefully they get matched up with an sec team.. Otherwise who cares.

The sox/Yankees coverage is a decent comparison.. Except the big 10 isn't as pathetic as the #windians.

Dut

MUDawgfan said...

Couple of quick points I'd like to make as The Money Shot's lone SEC nut.

1). The idea of "don't talk about SEC games during our game" is absolutely ridiculous. Typically the fans asking for this restraint come from the two most insecure fan bases, Notre Dame and Ohio State.
No other sport in American would impose such restrictions. Braves broadcasters praise Clayton Kershaw when they are playing the Mets. Dick Vitale will RAVE about Izzo's Spartans when UK is up 20 on Vanderbilt, the whole goddamn NBA will talk about Kobe and Lebron regardless of what game is being played.
Fucking get over it. Its a sports broadcast not a broadcast dedicated only to your team.

2). It's perfectly acceptable to claim bias out of Play by play and Color guys and even talking heads in studios. I don't think you can claim a network bias without examining the entire structure of the corporate entity.
ESPN does have an agreement with the SEC, but the B1G and PAC12 has a contract with ABC, ESPN's parent company.
I don't think you can argue that they are protecting one investment without being able to prove their damaging another.
The quality of broadcast is exactly the same when FSU plays ND, or when UCLA plays Oregon. You are getting the exact same product and team as the one they send to Tuscaloosa when LSU comes to town.

Anonymous said...

G$ is sooo butthurt about Illinois being on prime time. Normally this wouldn't happen.. But Urbs has gotten his wish of more prime time games and less noon games. Sukadik.

Dut

MuDawgfan said...

Dut you can schedule UK and Vandy right now.
They'd happily take 1,000,000 bucks off you for a one and done game in Columbus.

Anonymous said...

Would everyone agree that David pollack is f'n AWFUL?

Anonymous said...

Dawg, we scheduled Vandy last year and they backed out. We also had a home and home with Georgia set up for the future and they backed out as well. It's a two way street with scheduling.

-Damman

Anonymous said...

And yes, Pollack is terrible.

-Damman

GMoney said...

Pollack is indeed the worst. If Jameis wanted to rape him, I would fully support that.

Dawg brings up some excellent points while Dut is his usual moronic. ND and Ohio fans are absurdly insecure. They are the reason why Mark May is still on TV.

My problem isn't with Ohio being on in primetime, it is that someone thought it would be cool to put fucking Illinois on ABC at night. WHY? Has Beth Mowins and Joey Galloway ever called a night game before? Because this is there kind of game. This game should be played at noon and forgotten by 4 pm.

T. Iceman said...

"Typically the fans asking for this restraint come from the two most insecure fan bases, Notre Dame and Ohio State."

Everything about this sentence is ELITE. Keep up the good work.

ESPN is biased and I have no problem with it. Be a better football team if you want more coverage. Or be more interesting. In the NBA the Cavs went from the least covered team to the most covered team overnight because of one player. And rightfully so because he's the best player in the country. Is it annoying? Sure. Is it REALLY annoying? You betcha. But people want to hear about LeBron James no matter what game the're watching. They don't give a shit about Carlos Boozer. Same goes for the SEC compared to the other inferior conferences.

GMoney said...

NO ONE gives a shit about Carlos Boozer.

The ironic thing about Pelini bitchfest is that the only time people care about him are when he verbally assaults his players on camera or when he is holding a cat. His coaching career is completely irrelevant. It is the sideshow that interests people.

GMoney said...

Also: letting a terminal kid score a touchdown. IMO Bo Pelini needs to focus on his team instead of extracurricular activities.

Anonymous said...

I certainly think there is a huge bias. Now, I am not saying this due to 16th in the polls. If we beat MSU and move up to 14, then there's a problem. Coming out with playoff rankings is totes gay. They should do it like basketball and release that shit after the last game.

The bias argument is about ESPN's influence more than it is about their business dealings (though, that certainly doesn't help). No one goes to cnnsi.com or foxsports.com to get their sports updates. ESPN is one of the top visited websites in the world, the poll voters/playoff committees doubtfully ignore espn to save their raw ideas on rankings. They choose what to report and not report, and that certainly has an effect on how people perceive the SEC.

Here's the article I read on this just a couple days ago. It is a pretty good read, and brings up a ton of intriguing points. It also references Chris Fowler's take on the subject.

http://www.rollingstone.com/culture/features/the-worldwide-cheerleader-espn-and-the-college-football-playoff-20141028

Ide

T. Iceman said...

Dave Brandon....BUH BYE!

GMoney said...

That's cute. Ide and Dut go to the same magazine for their takes.

Back to the pizza ovens for you, Brando! "Resign"...suuuuuuuure!

Anonymous said...

It was all over twitter when I caught it. I guess we should have done ELITE legwork like you and look up the fucking Gameday website.

Your point of "ESPN isn't really biased because ESPN told me they weren't" is riveting.

Ide

Anonymous said...

It was all over twitter when I caught it. I guess we should have done ELITE legwork like you and look up the fucking Gameday website.

Your point of "ESPN isn't really biased because ESPN told me they weren't" is riveting.

Ide

Grumpy said...

Who wrote this post? Had to be a ghost writer because it all makes perfect sense.

They are going to Morgantown because of TCU's performance last week and because this game could be 80-79.

Hope they don't expect a good dinner the night before. Wendy's is haute cuisine in Morgantown.

Prime99 said...

Passed along the Glory Hole pick to a co-worker going to Tahoe. Boo Miami (OH)!

B1G fans get awfully sensitive when they're not on top and rub it in when they are. Fun bunch.

GMoney said...

I said that both parties are right but telling a company how they should do business (that is working and then some) is absolutely foolish. It would be like if Larry demanded that we only cover Notre Dame Fagball here. A mental defective telling an iconic stud how to make your product worse is fucktarded.

Is the ESPN biased toward the SEC? Again, YES. Why? Because they are the best, bring in huge audiences forever, and are financially invested in them. Pretty fucking easy and I didn't even have to pick up a copy of Cat Fancy or Tiger Beat to confirm it!