The best matchup of the college football season featuring the #6 & #11 ranked teams comes down to the last play of the game and only 20% of the country is able to watch it? Yeah, I can understand why ESPN might have received some unfavorable comments regarding the anemic regionalized national coverage of the Oregon-Cal game.
Kansas prairie. Much more interesting than Oregon vs. Cal. Thanks, ESPN!
The guys at Deadspin.com have posted another fun-filled ESPN internal memo, “Weekly Viewer Report.” We’ll save you trouble from scrolling all the way through the report looking for Oregon-related news. Here are the quick hits about Oregon, parsed for you pleasure:
Viewers outside of the regionalized areas upset Oregon vs. Cal and Clemson vs. Ga Tech games were not televised nationwide
Viewers in the East and Midwest upset Oregon vs. Cal not shown nationally [game was offered in 20% of the country and on ESPN GamePlan] – 129
“I live in Colorado; Texas and Kansas State equals BORING. Rest assured your ratings will be weak where CAL/ORG isn’t on (besides home team markets) It should be on nationally.”
The game was on ABC, right? Yes, but ESPN is handling the coverage. So, what happened to ABC? Oh, I don’t know. Absolutely Bad Coverage?