Friday, December 9, 2011

#GameDay4FCS: Why ESPN Should Broadcast College Game Day Once Per Season From an FCS Campus

It is widely known that college football is big business, as evidenced in part by the infinite number of blogs and Twitter/Facebook accounts that are solely dedicated to college football, especially at the Bowl Championship Series ("BCS") level.  However, as media outlets spawn and grow, more and more Twitter and Facebook accounts open, and new blogs form, there is evergrowing popularity, and expanding business opportunity at the Football Championship Series ("FCS") level.  One such opportunity would be for ESPN to broadcast one episode of College Game Day per season from an FCS campus, and there is no better time to do it then during the FCS Playoffs.

As the BCS regular season has come to an end, and we await the kickoff of ALL 35 bowl games (I still can't believe there are 35 bowl games), the purest of football championships is currently being determined at the FCS level, with the Championship Game to be held on January 7, 2012 at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, Texas.  There is no better time than now for ESPN to send its College Game Day crew to one of the well deserved host schools of an FCS playoff game, and provide those kids with their version of college football's One Shining Moment. And while there is certainly an argument to be made that broadcasting awards ceremony after awards ceremony makes for good television, giving the fans of an FCS program the opportunity to be part of a once-in-a-life time College Game Day experience, I argue would make for even better television.

As ESPN programming expands and more and more FCS playoff games are broadcast with overwhelming success, the logical next step is for College Game Day to broadcast live from one of the playoff games.  Although Appalachian State is no longer in the playoffs this year, and even though they are the arch rival of this Elon grad, Appalachian State and Kidd Brewer Stadium (capacity: 21,650), aka "The Rock" would be a great venue for College Game Day. Just imagine the signs that would be hoisted up on broom sticks for that show.  They certainly would not be any less creative than the signs hoisted by students of BCS schools. 

So, as the silly season of BCS football awards banquets is upon us, and we await bowl-mania, I submit that there is no better opportunity to expand and capitalize upon the evergrowing interest levels associated with FCS football, then for ESPN to send its College Game Day Crew to an FCS playoff game.  While it is seemingly impossible this year, I see no reason why it cannot happen in 2012. 


1 comment:

  1. Great article. Another great game for them would the greatest rivalry west of the Mississippi would be Montana State vs Montana on november 17@ Washington Grizzly Stadium in Missoula Montana. It holds close to 26,000 fans