Here’s a rant… can we find some way to make it illegal to put EVERY football game on cable? Honestly, what is New Year’s Day without the Rose Bowl? And yet, here we are, in the middle of Iowa, carrying only regular digital TV (which doesn’t work half the time, thank-you-very-much-congress-you-pack-of-rabid-money-grubbing-morons), and they do this whole two-hour lead up show to the Rose Bowl game, and then…
“Ok, we’ll see you over on ESPN for the actual game!!”
Oh, we have a pissed-off household here today.
I’ve missed several Bears Games, because we’re not a “home market”, and because Monday Night Football has been relocated to some cable network.
We haven’t even been able to watch some University of Iowa games because they put them on cable. It’s getting to the point that if you want to watch anything besides stupid court shows (seriously, how many judges need to be on TV?), you have to have cable.
And the kicker? We can’t get cable out here! The only thing we can get is satellite, and you need a dish for that. And dishes are susceptible to winds – especially the kind of winds that we get here. We’re regularly buffered by 30+ mph winds. I don’t know how long a dish can hold up against that, but I’ve heard tons of complaints that the wind is deadly on satellite reception.
It all almost makes me want to quote Barack Obama, and ask, “when have you made enough money?”
Just writing that sentence caused me to break out in massive hives so large I can barely type.
But, seriously… that IS the whole reason behind all this, isn’t it? The NFL, BCS, or whomever, want more money, and there isn’t enough to be made on regular TV, so they take it to cable. Well, how about this? Some of us don’t have cable. And some games are a tradition, like the Rose Bowl.
So how about maximizing your profits, and showing it in both places? Show it on ESPN AND on regular TV. Of course, ESPN will never allow that, because they think that people will just watch the free version instead. But that’s not true. If people have cable, they’re going to watch cable. Why would they toss ESPN over for free coverage, unless ESPN’s coverage sucks? In which case, shouldn’t ESPN lose the viewers anyway?
AARGH! The biggest thing I fear is that, pretty soon, we’re going to HAVE to get cable TV. We’re not really a TV-watching household. I religiously watch two shows a week, and that’s a back-to-back run of the Red Green Show on PBS on Saturday Nights. And I regularly fall asleep during the second episode, because they insist on showing it after 10:00 at night, and I turn into a pumpkin at ten. But, pretty soon, the NFL is going to totally prostitute itself, and give itself entirely over to cable TV, and then, in order to see any football at ALL, we’re going to have to pay for TV. Which is just obscene. Paying for TV.
I can’t even believe I’m on this rant, either, because I can remember back when I was in, I don’t know, sixth grade? (watch me date myself here…) MTV had just hit the airwaves. Videos set to music! It was like watching your favorite songs come to life! Oh, how I begged my parents to get cable. Begged and pleaded, and begged some more. They told me, “if you have time to watch TV, you have time to be outside playing.” Well, fine. But guess who has Cable TV now? All 285+ channels of it? Mom and Dad, that’s who. And who is now complaining about how expensive and ridiculous it is? Me. Ironic, ain’t it? (and do there really need to be thousands of cable channels? I was surfing at my in-laws and counted like 20 shopping channels alone! Who needs 20 shopping channels? Who would PAY for a shopping channel? My parents. The ones who wouldn’t get MTV for me when I was in sixth grade because it was too expensive…)
Where was I? Oh, yeah. A football-less New Year’s Day. It’s a travesty. Rose Bowl, most of the bowl games, NFL – these should ALL be on network TV.