College Football to play Spring Ball? I’m okay with that. However, there are some problems. First, though, I’d like to look at the benefits.
Let’s start with the obvious. It’s football. It’s spring. It’s a winner. I don’t know of a lot of people that would have issues seeing a well established organization of high level football at a time when there’s not much else going on.
Sure, the NBA is happening, but it doesn’t get all that interesting until the playoff push. College also has other sports going on like baseball, softball, wrestling, and a slew of others, but those aren’t being televised. We don’t miss those while they’re happening because we’re not getting to see them anyway other than a highlight or two on the nightly Sportscenter.
Also, this could mean we’re getting more NFL action on Saturdays, which means more television broadcasts. That’s a win for those, like myself, that don’t have an extra subscription to watch whichever game we want, and are restricted to whichever matchup the networks are wanting us to see. So, instead of three games, plus Monday night, we’d get an extra day to watch. Nearly doubling my NFL viewing in a weekend is alright in my book.
We could also get the same in the spring for CFB. Rather than having a day for college, and a day for the NFL, we could see a similar two day slate. Another win! Let’s not forget that there were rumors of CFB possibly having a Monday night matchup already. That’s now a real possibility.
I could also see this helping the typical spring sports. One of my favorite things about going to Stillwater for the Oklahoma State spring football game was, if schedules lined up, also catching a home baseball or softball game. If the schedule does line up, a daytime baseball or softball game could see an increase in attendance if it’s followed by a nighttime football game. Why not make a full day of it?
Are we ready for the bad side of it?
Football is dangerous. Players get hurt frequently. That’s not a big deal for underclassmen who have a full year to recover to play again the next season. But let’s look at those making to step into the NFL. If you’re not familiar with Tua out of Alabama, where the hell have you been?
Tua, and many others, are being seriously questioned about their medical health, and their viability at the NFL level. Had he not had the recovery time that he had, there is no way he’d get drafted early. Even with his injury he’s a top pick, but if this injury happened a month ago opposed to 4 months ago, he would lose a lot of money.
Could a player like him recover and bounce back from this? Yes. But at the cost of some serious stacks.
This would be a major concern for college players. The level of play could see a drop based solely on self preservation. Why risk that extra yard when it could cost you millions in contract money, and endorsement deals, for being a top pick or face of an organization?
Then there is the possibility of it interfering with March Madness. THE Money Maker for college basketball could see a significant drop in viewership during the weekend games. There are those that will watch it no matter the conflict of football. However, in my circle, that’s a percentage of about 0 to 1. Football is the bread winner for collegiate athletic departments, and the reason is that it’s a far more popular sport.
So, how does this work out in the end?
My thought is that it will work well. Athletic Directors will have their hands full, and, if they’re any good, they’ll use this to benefit their schools more than hurt them.