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Byrdybyrd05
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When the SEC leaves CBS to ESPN will they have night games on their 3 main channels?

When ABC gets the SEC primetime game, will they also have SEC night games on ESPN and ESPN2 at the same time?
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0x15E
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All I know is, not listening to Gary Danielson dick-ride bama every week is going to be a blessing.


TigerFanatic99
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That's a good question, but get ready for two shitty SEC+ games per year instead of just one.


GeauxTigers247
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They’ll probably expand their subscription model too.


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John_V
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I'll never understand why CBS doesn't have night time games as their set preferred time. You mean to tell me re-runs of NCIS garner better views than the SEC Game of the Week???


Iowatiger209
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Gary Danielson


Could have sworn I heard him say Tennessee played a cross divisional game against Georgia this year last Saturday. Thought to myself, “Damn, Gary”. You been calling SEC games for as long I can remember and you don’t know they are in the same division……???


tjtiger9
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CBS believes 2:30 is the prime spot for a football game and getting most views. They’re dumb and I’m so glad they are going to the Big10 where they can enjoy their early games


lostinbr
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I'll never understand why CBS doesn't have night time games as their set preferred time. You mean to tell me re-runs of NCIS garner better views than the SEC Game of the Week???

I think it probably has more to do with maximizing the entire day’s earnings.

A prime time SEC GOTW is for sure worth more than whatever else they are running at that time. But a couple of things to consider:
1. Prime time CFB is a much more crowded market than the 2:30 window, so there’s no guarantee that the actual game gets more eyeballs in prime time.
2. Whatever they run at 2:30 instead of CFB is going to be pretty much worthless, so even if prime time is a better window for the game it might be a net negative on the day.

Also, a huge part of the value of the CBS deal (for CBS) comes from the fact that they get an exclusive SEC window. The SEC isn’t giving them that same exclusivity in prime time because it would force all but one game to kick off either early in the day or super late in the evening.

It’s better (again for CBS) to have first pick in an exclusive window at 2:30 than first pick in a non-exclusive window in prime time.


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H-Town Tiger
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CBS believes 2:30 is the prime spot for a football game and getting most views. They’re dumb


I’m sure you know much more about what makes money for a major network than the people that run it. Clearly it should cater to LSU fans.

Outside of LSU and a couple of other schools. Most CFB games have always been played during the day. Night prime time games are relatively recent. Saturday night was traditionally a wasteland for TV. So yes 230 was the prime spot especially when CBS started doing SEC games back in the 90s


jbraua
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I'll never understand why CBS doesn't have night time games as their set preferred time. You mean to tell me re-runs of NCIS garner better views than the SEC Game of the Week???



This has been discussed ad nauseum on this board throughout the years. CBS doesn't pay the bills with the die-hard fans who are going to watch their team no matter what. They earn their money with the casual sports fans who tune in if its a good matchup. 2:30-6:00PM Saturday is prime viewing hours for those 1-2 million viewers. It really is the time when the most eyeballs are on the tv.


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GeorgeWest
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ESPN has already made known to the SEC that they want a premier matchup EVERY Saturday at the 12noon EDT spot.


bakersman
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I'll never understand why CBS doesn't have night time games as their set preferred time. You mean to tell me re-runs of NCIS garner better views than the SEC Game of the Week???


That’s because Verne was too old to stay up late to be able to do a night game every weekend.


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Tigerfan1274
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ESPN has already made known to the SEC that they want a premier matchup EVERY Saturday at the 12noon EDT spot.


I’m afraid of this. Big noon kickoff on Fox is doing great ratings. Lots of TV people believe 11 CST is better than 02:30 CST. Careful what you wish for.


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themunch
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Forcing an Eastern Time Zone on a game in the Central time zone for a Noon start sux. End Rant.


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LSUfan4444
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The best SEC games will almost all be in primetime on ESPN/ABC, etc once the CBS contract is done. There will be some exceptions but by in large, that will be the case.


geauxtigers33
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Also this contract with CBS was signed in the 90’s. Televised college football was totally different then.


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geauxtigers33
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ESPN has already made known to the SEC that they want a premier matchup EVERY Saturday at the 12noon EDT spot.


This makes sense to go up against the big noon kickoff. The only place that cares about the time of the game is LSU really and I would imagine ESPN would try and put them in primetime as much as possible. People at ESPN love Tiger Stadium at night.


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Tigerfan1274
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The best SEC games will almost all be in primetime on ESPN/ABC, etc once the CBS contract is done. There will be some exceptions but by in large, that will be the case.


Agree. But the second best may be at 11:00.


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Jacherse
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Gary was awarded his job because of his social status among the management at CBS. No merit was involved.


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Ping Pong
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The SEC tv contracts state that ESPN cannot air a primetime SEC game the same night as CBS's double header. CBS gets one double header each season and they chose October 8th this year. Once CBS chose A&M-bama for their primetime night game and chose Georgia-Auburn for the 2:30 game, it locked in LSU-Tennessee at 11am unless they wanted to air it on SEC network.


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