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CFB Fix : Sunday Night Game of the Week

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College football is in it’s golden era but even when things are going well, there are ways to improve. Over the next several weeks, I will highlight how the sport we love can be improved. I call it CFB Fix.

Read the entire series at CFB Fix.

My first fix would be for ESPN and some of the conferences to team up to create a Sunday night game of the week. Preferably, the game would involve at least one P5 team but really, almost any game would do. There are a surprising number of college football fans that are not NFL fans. A college game could be a ratings hit on Sundays.

CFB Would Improve ESPN’s Sunday Ratings

 As it stands, ESPN does not have high ratings on Sundays. As an example, take the weekend of November 4-5, 2017. On Saturday the 4th, ESPN broadcasted several games that could do better unopposed on Sunday.

A selection of cable ratings from November 5, 2017.

The next day, the 5th, only two ESPN shows rated over 800,000 households – the morning Sportscenter and NFL Countdown – pretty standard on Sundays. Could upstart UCF and SMU have pulled a better rating than 369,000 households on a Sunday night? Probably.

ESPN would be crazy not to try it.

My idea assumes that ESPN doesn’t have an agreement not to counter-program college football games against NFL games on Sunday. It also assumes that leagues would go for a new concept. Sunday night exposure would be great for leagues such as the Pac-12, Big 12, American, and the ACC.

ESPN broadcasts games from Tuesday through Saturday for much of the college football season. The ratings for Sunday night games could be a gold mine and a welcome end to the weekend for college football fans. A true CFB fix.

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