Broadcasters: ESPN BCS Disenfranchises Viewers

ESPN’s master plan to slowly take over every televised sporting event is meeting some resistance in the form of the National Association of Broadcasters. It wasn’t such a big deal when ESPN announced it would show the entire British Open from now on, but the NAB is a bit concerned about ESPN’s deal with the BCS, which starts next season.

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The NAB is saying that ESPN’s deal with the BCS disenfranchises about 20 million mostly poor and/or elderly TV viewers who don’t have cable or satellite service. And I guess the poor shouldn’t have to decide between paying the rent and watching Tim Tebow.

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Report: ESPN Bidding To Make BCS Cable-Only

Get ready college football fans. Your dream of hearing Pam Ward call the Fiesta Bowl just got a little more realistic. And that playoff thing? Yeah, not so much. Especially with negotiations for four more years of the BCS going on.

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The whole system may be a frustrating mess, but the price of showing the games is going up, even in this crappy economy. Fox is paying about $82.5 million per year to show all of the BCS bowl games other than the Rose Bowl, but ESPN is reportedly bringing the heat in an attempt to gain control of all five games.

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