Friday, December 11, 2020

SEC Moving All Rights to ESPN

You might want to read the press release and media call transcript. Also happened to write this post in late December of 2019 when this news started to percolate.

A few takeaways that I have:

* Unless some trading of rights occurs, I'd expect CBS to keep at least a couple years worth of SEC games. There's still a bit of a logjam when it comes to the content they have and shoehorning in 15 more football games is a bit tough. Taking on a few more men's basketball games isn't as hard to do. CBS seems to make money off of it too with the deal's low cost per season and the rating the package generates allowing it to charge a pretty reasonable rate for advertising and sponsorship.

* The mention of more fan-friendly scheduling and noting when games would start is a welcome addition. Along with that, I am curious to know whether the SEC will continue to publish the upcoming season's schedule while the current season is still active. ESPN is known to take an active role in ACC scheduling for some Saturday games and that could apply to the SEC now that they are completely under the Disney umbrella. Maybe we'll see the SEC schedule come out in January or February instead.

* With the restrictions gone as to when a SEC game can air on broadcast TV during the day, I think your over/under number for the amount of SEC games that you should expect on ABC should be 22.  CBS had 15 and ESPN often had good games to air during the 1st two weeks of the season, so tacking those on plus some premium SEC games that aired on ESPN, 20 seems like a reasonable number to start with.

And with that noted, for the next three seasons, I think you'll see a few more premium games from the Big 12, Pac-12,  Big Ten and ACC end up on ESPN instead of ABC, or maybe a marginal game air on ESPN instead of filling an ABC slot. The increase in inventory isn't much, but the quality of the inventory has increased.

* The addition of ESPN+ content isa value add to both the ESPN+ service and, likely, the SEC Network.  SECN often ends up with these games early in the season and sometimes they end up on the alternate feed. If that content gets pulled from SECN and other ESPN linear TV platforms over to ESPN+, it leaves programming holes to fill.  Some of that might be SEC games from other linear TV platforms to bolster SECN and other conferences could benefit from the openings on linear TV to get more coverage. You also might see some cases where SECN doesn't carry a football game because the desire is to get as many viewers to watch a premium SEC game on ABC or ESPN instead.

* A possible loser in this addition is the American, specifically for its football championship game, as it might be the odd man out and slide into a spot on ESPN instead of airing on ABC. Currently it gets positioned to air on ABC opposite the SEC's game on CBS, but the game is guaranteed to air on either ABC or ESPN.

* As correctly noted by a Twitter follower, CBS will lose out on SEC men's basketball and ACC men's basketball disappeared from the network recently.  As far as I know, the Big Ten will be their anchor conference along with some games from the American and Mountain West, and they'll have sublicensed games from the Big 12, Pac-12, Big East plus the championship games from the Atlantic 10 and Missouri Valley from ESPN.  

ABC is starting to reposition itself in the college basketball space.  They carried five games total last year from the Pac-12, ACC and Big 12 and by adding a few SEC games, they'll have a chance to be back in that game for affiliates.

* And because there's an inevitable question about what CBS does, three Power 5 conferences have their rights agreements expire after consecutive athletic years: Big Ten (2022-23), Pac-12 (2023-24) and Big 12 (2024-25).  At a minimum, CBS would carry three Mountain West football games per season through 2025 and has the Army-Navy game through 2028.

Monday, November 30, 2020

CFB TV Confirmations for 2020 Week 15 (12/12/20)


12pm ESPN3: Miami (OH) at Bowling Green
12pm ESPN3: Northern Illinois at Eastern Michigan
12pm ESPN3: Ohio at Kent State
12pm ESPN+: Western Michigan at Ball State
1pm ESPN3: UAB at Rice
2:30pm CBSSN: Akron at Buffalo
3pm ESPN3: Central Michigan at Toledo
3pm ESPN3: UIW at Arkansas State
3pm ESPN+: Coastal Carolina at Troy
3:30pm ESPNU: Texas at Kansas
4pm ESPN3: North Texas at UTEP
6pm ESPN3: Appalachian State at Georgia Southern
7pm ESPNU: Oklahoma State at Baylor
10pm ESPN2: San Diego State at BYU

Six day hold
Notre Dame at Wake Forest
North Carolina at Miami (FL)
Virginia at Virginia Tech
Houston at Memphis
Cincinnati at Tulsa
Oklahoma at West Virginia (12pm or 3:30pm ET on ABC, ESPN or ESPN2)
Wisconsin at Iowa
Minnesota at Nebraska
Illinois at Northwestern
Purdue at Indiana
Rutgers at Maryland
Michigan State at Penn State
Fresno State vs. New Mexico (FS1 or FS2)
Washington at Oregon
Oregon State at Stanford
USC at UCLA
California at Washington State
Some SEC games, because they're going to change the schedule again

Sunday, November 29, 2020

CFB TV Guesses for 2020 Week 15 (12/12/20)

This will be the last set of guesses for 2020. I'm not going to bother with 12/19 as we're not sure of many of the games in the Big Ten and Pac-12, plus several conferences are working on their schedules on a weekly basis to get as many relevant games in as possible. Frankly, I think you'll see six day holds used for a lot of this week and for whatever games outside of conference championships are played on 12/19 too.

Here are the games already set for television and/or webcast. Here are the known available telecast windows. 

I have done my best to list what TV windows are out there. Every listing service has a little different schedule for these networks. It is also possible that a window could be eliminated or the time of a window could shift slightly to accommodate a network's needs.

Considerations (you might want to read these instead of skipping past them)
* CBS schedules for 12/12/ show that they will not air a SEC game in primetime after Army-Navy. All of the games that are presently scheduled for that Saturday were originally scheduled to air on ESPN operated networks.
* Michigan at Ohio State has been pre-selected to air on FOX at 12pm ET and the MLS Cup will be airing on the network in primetime, so there's only one FOX window open.
* BTN doesn't a 7:30pm ET window listed at this time. Just 12pm & 3:30pm.
* RSNs are not showing any ACC football windows for 12/12, which might be why Pitt at Georgia Tech is airing on Thursday 12/10 instead. Assuming two RSN selections on 12/5, the game on 12/10 would be the RSN package's 17th game, so it would have met its contract requirement.
* ACC Network is scheduled to carry at least four, possibly five, college basketball games starting at 12pm and no college football. Network listings have five games but only four were listed when the ACC released its schedule.
* I'm attempting to follow the California curfew guidelines. Yesterday, rules were added specifically in Santa Clara county which would affect Stanford on Saturday and San Jose State on Friday night as they are scheduled to play Nevada at 10pm ET / 7pm PT on CBSSN.
* "Missing" TV windows on ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU are due to the following:
  • Top Rank Boxing (ESPN late evening)
  • UFC PPV Prelims (ESPN2 evening I *think*)
  • Men's college basketball (ESPNU - 2 games starting at 7pm)
12pm ABC: Cincinnati at Tulsa
12pm ESPN: Oklahoma at West Virginia
12pm ESPN2: Virginia at Virginia Tech
12pm FS1: Texas at Kansas
12pm ESPNU: Coastal Carolina at Troy
12pm SECN: LSU at Florida
12pm BTN: Rutgers at Maryland
12pm BTN: Purdue at Indiana
2:30pm CBSSN: Akron at Buffalo
3:30pm ABC: North Carolina at Miami (FL)
3:30pm ESPN: Illinois at Northwestern
3:30pm ESPN2: San Diego State at BYU
3:30pm FS1: Washington at Oregon
3:30pm ESPNU: Oregon State at Stanford
3:30pm BTN: Michigan State at Penn State
3:30pm BTN: Minnesota at Nebraska
4pm FOX: USC at UCLA
4pm SECN: Auburn at Mississippi State
7pm ESPN: Wisconsin at Iowa
7pm FS1: Oklahoma State at Baylor
7:30pm ABC: Notre Dame at Wake Forest
7:30pm SECN: Texas A&M at Tennessee
10:30pm FS1: Fresno State vs. New Mexico
10:30pm ESPN2: California at Washington State

ESPN3 or ESPN+
North Texas at UTEP
UAB at Rice
Houston at Memphis
UIW at Arkansas State
Appalachian State at Georgia Southern
Central Michigan at Toledo
Northern Illinois at Eastern Michigan
Western Michigan at Ball State
Miami (OH) at Bowling Green
Ohio at Kent State

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

The 2020-21 Men's College Basketball TV Schedule

Good morning.  College hoops scheduling is all over the place this year.  A lot of schedules, particularly in the area of television & streaming, won't be release very far in advance.  In some cases, games themselves are being put together on short notice.  I get a bit stressed trying to keep up with it, along with trying to keep up with the end of the college football season and day-to-day life responsibilities.

So, with that in mind, the college basketball portion of my site for 2020-21 is out there.  Frankly, I've tweeted about the updates to it way to much over the past week, so you might be sick of that or are already ready for the season.

Please be aware that I'll only be updating about a week in advance.  Weeks 1 and 2 are the only ones filled in right now and Week 2 definitely has more to add, particularly from the streaming end of things.

Your best bet to at least get fresh, current information for that day's games is to use the daily link, which turns over at 5am ET every day.

And I'm going to have to be less grumbly about not catching things right away.  I'll probably need your eyes and knowledge this season because uncertainty of the schedule is the only certainty this season.  So don't hesitant to bring up that a game has changed, been added or canceled.

Take care & be safe.

Monday, November 23, 2020

CFB TV Confirmations for 2020 Week 14 (12/5/20)

This post will be updated as announcements come out for start times for 11/28 from the twelve day selection process that most TV networks adhere to. Most conferences have the possibility of having all or part of their games held for a six day hold of the start time. 

The list of available TV windows are based on media websites, TV listings and press releases. They can change based on the needs of the broadcaster or the conference.

Here's what I guessed based on the available openings (they will prove to be incorrect), along with the games that have already been set.

Here's the deal - I don't really have a great handle as to the TV slots that are open as some networks aren't providing accurate listings by the time this post is written. What I'll do is list the windows that I've found and the games not yet set for TV, then add windows & reorder them by time as they're announced. That way you'll see the list of games set for TV along with the one(s) you're waiting on. Just don't be alarmed if network X isn't listed with any games here and you don't see any from that network for the games that have already been set.

Number of six day holds used
ACC: 3 (11/14, 11/28, 12/5)
American: 2 (11/28, 12/5)
Big 12: 5 (10/3, 11/7, 11/14, 11/28, 12/5)
Big Ten: 1 (11/21, 11/28)
MAC: 1 (12/5)
Mountain West: 2 (11/28, 12/5)
Pac-12: 2 (11/14, 11/28)
SEC: 2 (10/10, 12/5)
Sun Belt: 1 (12/5)

TBA BTN: Nebraska at Purdue
12pm ABC: Ohio State at Michigan State
12pm CBSSN: Kent State at Miami (OH)
12pm ESPN3: Toledo at Northern Illinois
12pm ESPN3: FIU at Charlotte
12pm ESPN+: Eastern Michigan at Western Michigan
12pm ESPN+: Rice at Marshall
12pm ESPN+: Memphis at Tulane
2pm ESPN3: Bowling Green at Akron
2pm ESPN3: Troy at South Alabama
3pm ESPN3: ULM at Arkansas State
3:30pm ABC/ESPN/ESPN2: Indiana at Wisconsin
3:30pm BTN: Maryland at Michigan
3:30pm CBSSN: Buffalo at Ohio
6pm ESPN+: Florida Atlantic at Georgia Southern

Games on hold
Boston College at Virginia
Clemson at Virginia Tech
Georgia Tech at NC State
Florida State at Duke
Western Carolina at North Carolina
Miami (FL) at Wake Forest
Tulsa at Navy
Houston at SMU
Texas at Kansas State
Baylor at Oklahoma
Oklahoma State at TCU
Kansas at Texas Tech
West Virginia at Iowa State
Iowa at Illinois
Northwestern at Minnesota
Penn State at Rutgers
Ball State at Central Michigan
Fresno State at Nevada (FS1 or FS2)
Colorado at Arizona
UCLA at Arizona State
Oregon at California
Oregon State at Utah
Stanford at Washington
South Carolina at Kentucky
Ole Miss at LSU
Florida at Tennessee
Vanderbilt at Georgia
Alabama at Arkansas
Texas A&M at Auburn
Missouri at Mississippi State
Liberty at Coastal Carolina

Sunday, November 22, 2020

CFB TV Guesses for 2020 Week 14 (12/5/20)

Here are the games already set for television and/or webcast. Here are the known available telecast windows. 

I have done my best to list what TV windows are out there. Every listing service has a little different schedule for these networks. It is also possible that a window could be eliminated or the time of a window could shift slightly to accommodate a network's needs.

Considerations (you might want to read these instead of skipping past them)
* Two MAC games at 12pm & 3:30pm on CBSSN, but I think they may need to move one of those windows to Friday now that Tulsa at Navy has been moved to this day and would normally be televised by CBSSN.  Then again, its 2020. Maybe we'll the MAC for breakfast. 
* UFC is scheduled for a Fight Night card on ESPN2 starting at 7pm.  They are carrying both the prelim matches and the main card.
* FS1 is scheduled to carry prelim bouts for the Spence Jr vs. Garcia PBC pay-per-view, but they are also showing a 7pm football game, so I'm unclear if the football game is incorrect or if FS2 is carrying the prelim bouts. There seems to be an opening at 5:30pm ET on FS2 that is 3.5 hours in length for football if needed. 
* I added the SEC Alt window at 7:30pm
* I'm really unsure how the lost BTN appearances, either due to games being elevated or canceled, affect the selections.  I'm assuming that those schools still need to appear here two times even if a game was scheduled for the network and canceled.

12pm ABC: Maryland at Michigan
12pm FOX: West Virginia at Iowa State       
12pm ESPN: Florida at Tennessee
12pm ESPN2: Oklahoma State at TCU
12pm FS1: Kansas at Texas Tech
12pm SEC: Missouri at Mississippi State
12pm BTN: Indiana at Wisconsin
12pm BTN: Northwestern at Minnesota
12pm CBSSN: Buffalo at Ohio
12pm ACCN: Florida State at Duke
2pm ESPNU: Houston at SMU
3:30pm ABC: Oregon at California
3:30pm CBS: Texas A&M at Auburn
3:30pm ESPN: Liberty at Coastal Carolina
3:30pm ESPN2: Baylor at Oklahoma
3:30pm FS1: Colorado at Arizona
3:30pm BTN: Ohio State at Michigan State
3:30pm BTN: Iowa at Illinois
3:30pm CBSSN: Tulsa at Navy
3:30pm ACC RSN: Georgia Tech at NC State
4pm FOX: Nebraska at Purdue
4pm SEC: Ole Miss at LSU
4pm ACCN: Miami (FL) at Wake Forest
5:30pm ESPNU: Rice at Marshall
7pm ESPN: Alabama at Arkansas
7pm FS1 or FS2: Fresno State at Nevada
7pm ACC RSN: Western Carolina at North Carolina
7:30pm ABC: Clemson at Virginia Tech
7:30pm SEC: Vanderbilt at Georgia
7:30pm SEC Alt: South Carolina at Kentucky
7:30pm BTN: Penn State at Rutgers
8pm FOX: Texas at Kansas State
8pm ACCN: Boston College at Virginia
9pm ESPNU: UCLA at Arizona State
10:30pm ESPN: Oregon State at Utah
10:30pm FS1: Stanford at Washington

ESPN3 or ESPN+
Memphis at Tulane
Ball State at Central Michigan
Eastern Michigan at Western Michigan
Toledo at Northern Illinois
Bowling Green at Akron
Kent State at Miami (OH)
Florida Atlantic at Georgia Southern
Troy at South Alabama
ULM at Arkansas State

Monday, November 16, 2020

CFB TV Confirmations for 2020 Week 13 (11/28/20)

This post will be updated as announcements come out for start times for 11/28 from the twelve day selection process that most TV networks adhere to. Most conferences have the possibility of having all or part of their games held for a six day hold of the start time. 

The list of available TV windows are based on media websites, TV listings and press releases. They can change based on the needs of the broadcaster or the conference.

Here's what I guessed based on the available openings (they will prove to be incorrect), along with the games that have already been set.

Here's the deal - I don't really have a great handle as to the TV slots that are open as some networks aren't providing accurate listings by the time this post is written. What I'll do is list the windows that I've found and the games not yet set for TV, then add windows & reorder them by time as they're announced. That way you'll see the list of games set for TV along with the one(s) you're waiting on. Just don't be alarmed if network X isn't listed with any games here and you don't see any from that network for the games that have already been set.

Number of six day holds used
ACC: 2 (11/14, 11/28)
American: 1 (11/28)
Big 12: 4 (10/3, 11/7, 11/14, 11/28)
Big Ten: 1 (11/21, 11/28)
Pac-12: 2 (11/14, 11/28)
SEC: 1 (10/10)

Games on six day hold
Miami (FL) at Wake Forest
Pitt at Clemson
Duke at Georgia Tech
Virginia at Florida State
NC State at Syracuse
Tulsa at Houston
Cincinnati at Temple
Memphis at Tulane
Texas Tech at Oklahoma State
Oklahoma at West Virginia
Kansas State at Baylor
Ohio State at Illinois
Maryland at Indiana
Penn State at Michigan
Northwestern at Michigan State
San Jose State at Boise State (FOX Sports)
Utah at Arizona State
Arizona at UCLA
Colorado at USC

12pm ESPN: Kentucky at Florida
12pm SECN: Arkansas at Missouri
12pm CBSSN: Kent State at Buffalo
12pm ESPN3: Ball State at Toledo
12pm ESPN3: Georgia Southern at Georgia State
12pm ESPN+: SMU at ECU
12pm ESPN+: Northern Illinois at Western Michigan
12pm ESPN+: Bowling Green at Ohio
12pm ESPN+: Louisiana Tech at FIU
1pm ESPN3: Miami (OH) at Akron
1pm ESPN3: UTEP at Rice
2pm BTN: Minnesota at Wisconsin
3pm ESPN3: Louisiana at ULM
3pm ESPN3: South Alabama at Arkansas State
3pm ESPN+: Coastal Carolina at Texas State
3:30pm CBS: Auburn at Alabama
4pm FS1: Rutgers at Purdue
4pm SECN: Mississippi State at Ole Miss
7pm ESPN: LSU at Texas A&M
7:30pm SECN: Georgia at South Carolina
7:30pm SECN Alt: Tennessee at Vanderbilt
8pm FS1: TCU at Kansas
8pm ESPNU: Troy at Appalachian State