I mentioned this in the Utah/OSU game thread yesterday, but it may be worth it’s own discussion. When I got home from the Utah game yesterday, I was flipping back and forth between the Auburn/LSU and Clemson/NC State games, one on ABC and the other on ESPN.
During each game, there were multiple cut-ins showing highlights and finals for other ranked teams throughout the day. And during the halftime show, they did highlights from “around the top 25”.
There was no mention of the P12 at all. Not one. They showed highlights of literally every other top 25 team, but did not even show the score of the Utah game. There was not a single mention that two other top 15 P12 teams (USC and Oregon) had games coming up later that evening. The P12 literally doesn’t even exist as far as ESPN/ABC is concerned.
It’s a shame, as I think the P12 has 4 (maybe 5, depending on what WA turns out to be) good teams this year. But because ESPN is driving the narrative and wants to have all the leverage in shaping what the sport will look like moving forward, it is making the very obvious choice to completely ignore anything west of the B12. In watching the last couple weeks, I’ve seen them grudgingly give a couple mentions here and there to USC (because they’re USC) but everyone else in the P12 may as well be in college football wasteland as far as the largest content provider in the business is concerned.
Like it or not, that complete lack of exposure drives public perception of the conference and the ranked teams. When it comes to the end of the year and it’s very close between a P12 and a B10 team for the last playoff spot, who do you think gets the nod? The team ESPN has been paying attention to all season, or the team they have completely ignored and pretend doesn’t exist? It’s pretty obvious which way that domino will fall.
That’s a huge issue for the P12 and one that I have no idea how they even begin to mitigate.
Oh, absolutely. They hold all the cards here and have the opportunity here to potentially consolidate their already considerable power.
Candidly, sh*t like this is one of the reasons my interest in college football continues to wane. I’ll always root for Utah, but the idea that there is anything even remotely close to a level playing field and that the sport isn’t being driven solely by $$ is laughable.
We will see. Good chance they could come here for Gameday, although that could be attributed to promoting USC. Maybe they dont get highlights from the Pac 12 network. Let’s see if the rest of our games on other networks get highlighted. .(I assume we are done with the Pac 12 network for the rest of the year).
Might be something to that. This shows the video of Phillips’ three picks, but no audio.
I don’t really care either. Regardless of how I feel, however, it does (intentionally?) hurt the perception of the conference when other fans never hear a peep about a dominating win from one of it’s best teams. Especially when it keeps happening over multiple weeks.