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College Football Media Notes: Snapdragon Stadium gets network debut

In San Diego, Kirk Kenney notes the Mountain West Conference unveiled its four CBS television network games, and they "begin with San Diego State‘s 2022 season opener" against Arizona, which will mark Snapdragon Stadium’s debut at 12:30pm PT on Saturday, Sept. 3. It is the “first time SDSU has had a regular-season home game played on an over-the-air network in a national broadcast from the Mission Valley site” since the Aztecs hosted BYU on Nov. 24, 1979, at then-San Diego Stadium (SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, 5/26).

A HARD WATCH: In Orlando, Mike Bianchi writes some football fans may say that they will “boycott Fox Sports’ Big Noon Kickoff pregame show if the network, as has been reported, brings back the disgraced Urban Meyer as a studio analyst." Bianchi: “Nothing would make me want to click back over to ESPN GameDay quicker than flipping to Fox Sports and seeing Meyer’s disingenuous mug." How can "any self-respecting TV network give Meyer a job after the scandals he created and the lies he told in his last two jobs" with the Jaguars and the Buckeyes? Bianchi: "Aren’t we supposed to be able to respect and trust the college football analysts we watch?" (ORLANDO SENTINEL, 5/26).

GETTING BEST PRODUCT: THE ATHLETIC’s Stewart Mandel wrote college football "does a lot of things that are the opposite of fan friendly, and TV times are a big one,” but it really comes down to “which would you rather your school optimize: Your convenience as a fan, or the revenue it relies on to make your team competitive?” The fact that many game times are not decided until 6-12 days before a game is a “byproduct of most conferences having multiple network partners,” which themselves are “balancing deals with multiple leagues.” Given how many billions Fox, ESPN and other networks pay to air these games, they want to be certain they are “putting the biggest games in their most valuable windows” (THEATHLETIC.com, 5/25).

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