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FROM THE NOSEBLEEDS

A TRUE FAN VIEW PRODUCTION

As the NBA Finals come to a close most sports fans will turn their attention to college football and the NFL, if they haven’t already. When did football become the giant that we all know and love? Most fans are more concerned about OTAs for their favorite teams than anything else going on in sports. All others sports have almost become things to pass the time until football season is here. It wasn’t always this way.

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October used to mean playoff baseball, now the only thing I’m concerned with in October is the Red River Rivalry and if the Texans are who we thought they were.  ESPN airs year around NFL and college football shows.  There is a 100 days till kickoff countdown college football and a three hour special dedicated to the release of the NFL schedule. I would love to say the rise of Fantasy Football is the cause but who plays Fantasy “college” Football.

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10 years ago you would have laughed if I told you ESPN agreed to pay The University of Texas 10-15M annually for the next 20 years to air a couple football games and Olympic sports. Who would have ever thought the Big 10 and Pac12 would have there own networks? Now the SEC has struck a deal of it’s own. Believe me,  these deals are based on football and football alone.  There is a reason the now debunk Big East never got a deal like that.  Basketball doesn’t move the needle. The last NFL TV deal was worth roughly 27 BILLION dollars.

Maybe in our busy worlds one game a week is all we have time for.  Maybe that’s all we have time to follow. Football is perfect for the world of instant gratification.   For three hours on every Saturday or Sunday we escape the daily grind.  The “Black Hole” in Oakland believe it or not isn’t full of misfits. Its filled with businessmen, blue and white-collar workers who are family men that just wanna let loose.

Outside of March Madness, how many of you are ever really glued to a sporting event that doesn’t include a pigskin?  Does it take an $80 Mayweather fight to do that?  A game 7? I’m not sure but I can pretty much guarantee most of you will be glued to the Broncos vs. Ravens opener to kickoff the NFL season along with LSU vs. TCU and Georgia vs. Clemson to open the college football weekend.  When was the last time you watched a baseball game from start to finish? How about a regular season NBA game?  Tell me how great watching four days of Masters coverage was?  You can’t, because you know you fell asleep.  Try to fall asleep during the Super Bowl.

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Since the Super Bowl ended, National Signing Day has come and gone. I’m preparing for my fantasy football draft. I booked a trip to San Francisco in October to see the Texans. I’ve looked over the college football schedule more times than I can count.

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Is it football season yet?

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