College Football Bowl Game and Playoff Cable TV Schedule

The college football regular season and conference championships have finally run their course, with the playoff teams and bowl games now set. This year, the college football playoff first round will occur on January 1 in the Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl, with Oklahoma and Georgia facing off in the 2-3 matchup in Pasadena and the 1-4 matchup, a rematch between Alabama and Clemson from the past two title games, will occur at the Sugar Bowl. The winners of those two games will meet a week later to determine the national champion for this year.

That’s the deal on the games that “matter,” at least in terms of the national conversation, but the rest of the games matter to the teams playing them and their collegiate fan bases. The following is the complete bowl schedule for broadcast and cable TV, via Bleacher Report, all times EST, with the betting favorite in the final column.

Celebration Dec 16 noon Grambling State vs. North Carolina A&T ABC NC A&T
New Orleans Dec 16 1 p.m. North Texas vs. Troy ESPN North Texas
Cure Dec 16 2:30 p.m. Western Kentucky vs. Georgia State CBSSN Western Kentucky
Las Vegas Dec 16 3:30 p.m. Boise State vs. Oregon ABC Oregon
New Mexico Dec 16 4:30 p.m. Marshall vs. Colorado State ESPN Colorado State
Camellia Dec 16 8 p.m. Middle Tennessee vs. Arkansas State ESPN Arkansas State
Boca Raton Dec 19 7 p.m. Akron vs. Florida Atlantic ESPN Florida Atlantic
Frisco Dec 20 8 p.m. SMU vs. Louisiana Tech ESPN SMU
Gasparilla Dec 21 8 p.m. Temple vs. Florida International ESPN Florida International
Bahamas Dec 22 12:30 p.m. UAB vs. Ohio ESPN UAB
Potato Dec 22 4 p.m. Central Michigan vs. Wyoming ESPN Wyoming
Birmingham Dec 23 noon South Florida vs. Texas Tech ESPN South Florida
Armed Forces Dec 23 3:30 p.m. Army vs. San Diego State ESPN San Diego State
Dollar General Dec 23 7 p.m. Toledo vs. Appalachian State ESPN Toledo
Hawaii Dec 24 8:30 p.m. Houston vs. Fresno State ESPN Fresno State
Heart of Dallas Dec 26 1:30 p.m. Utah vs. West Virginia ESPN West Virginia
Quick Lane Dec 26 5:15 p.m. Northern Illinois vs. Duke ESPN Northern Illinois
Cactus Dec 26 9 p.m. Kansas State vs. UCLA ESPN UCLA
Independence Dec 27 1:30 p.m. Florida State vs. Southern Mississippi ESPN Florida State
Pinstripe Dec 27 5:15 p.m. Boston College vs. Iowa ESPN Boston College
Foster Farms Dec 27 8:30 p.m. Purdue vs. Arizona Fox Arizona
Texas Dec 27 9 p.m. Texas vs. Missouri ESPN Texas
Military Dec 28 1:30 p.m. Navy vs. Virginia ESPN Navy
Camping World Dec 28 5:15 p.m. Virginia Tech vs. Oklahoma State ESPN Oklahoma State
Holiday Dec 28 9 p.m. Michigan State vs. Washington State FS1 Washington State
Alamo Dec 28 9 p.m. TCU vs. Stanford ESPN Stanford
Belk Dec 29 1 p.m. Wake Forest vs. Texas A&M ESPN Wake Forest
Sun Dec 29 3 p.m. North Carolina State vs. Arizona State CBS North Carolina State
Music City Dec 29 4:30 p.m. Northwestern vs. Kentucky ESPN Kentucky
Arizona Dec 29 5:30 p.m. Utah State vs. New Mexico State ESPN New Mexico State
Cotton Dec 29 8:30 p.m. Ohio State vs. USC ESPN USC
TaxSlayer Dec 30 noon Louisville vs. Mississippi State ESPN Louisville
Liberty Dec 30 12:30 p.m. Iowa State vs. Memphis ABC Memphis
Fiesta Dec 30 4p.m. Penn State vs. Washington ESPN Penn State
Orange Dec 30 8 p.m. Miami (Florida) vs. Wisconsin ESPN Miami (Florida)
Outback Jan 01 noon Michigan vs. South Carolina ESPN2 South Carolina
Peach Jan 01 12:30 p.m. Auburn vs. UCF ESPN Auburn
Citrus Jan 01 1 p.m. Notre Dame vs. LSU ABC LSU
Rose Jan 01 5 p.m. No. 2 Oklahoma vs. No. 3 Georgia ESPN Oklahoma
Sugar Jan 01 8:45 p.m. No. 1 Clemson vs. No. 4 Alabama ESPN Clemson

Enjoy the games!

Big Ten’s Cable TV Deal Gives the Conference Strength

The Big Ten conference, or B1G when it comes to logos and branding, is in a position of strength in relation to other NCAA athletic conferences, not necessarily because of the product on the field or the court, but because of its cable TV deals. The conference’s new TV deals put the Big Ten ahead of the SEC in terms of earnings from TV going into the future.

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By that analysis, the SEC would be making about $380 million ($255 ESPN/CBS plus $125 SEC Network) to the Big Ten’s $390 million from regular TV revenue before factoring in postseason play. That’s not a huge gap, especially when you consider that each league has 14 schools, but the new Big Ten deal at the very least puts the conference on pretty equal financial footing with the SEC, and perhaps slightly better footing.

Factoring in other conference-distributed revenue streams such as postseason play is how you get to those estimates of $43 million per school in 2017-18 (which would be $602 million total) and $54 million per school at the end of the contract in 2022-23 ($756 million total). The SEC could still come out ahead if it makes more from postseason play, and that’s certainly a possibility. Still,  the Big Ten seems to be in pole position here.

As these conferences, and the member schools, continue to make money hand over fist from these TV deals, it seems likely also that there will be a greater push from players—the people who actually play the sports that earn the conferences these lucrative TV deal—to see some part of that revenue. For now, though, the Big Ten and the SEC are big moneymakers and they have TV, and unpaid labor, to thank for it.

Final Four Cable TV Schedule

The NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament has reached its final weekend, with the Final Four occurring this Saturday and the championship game between this Saturday’s winners on Monday. Here is the cable TV schedule for the Final Four this Saturday (all times Eastern):


  • Oklahoma vs Villanova – Main Broadcast on TBS
  • Oklahoma vs Villanova – Oklahoma Team Stream on TNT
  • Oklahoma vs Villanova – Villanova Team Stream on TruTV

40 minutes after end of first game:

  • North Carolina vs Syracuse – Main Broadcast on TBS
  • North Carolina vs Syracuse – North Carolina Team Stream on TNT
  • North Carolina vs Syracuse – Syracuse Team Stream on TruTV

As has become tradition, the national broadcast on TBS will be augmented by team-specific broadcasts on TNT and TruTV, allowing fans of the particular teams to watch coverage garnered toward them.

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Jim Nantz, Grant Hill and Bill Raftery will call the games with reporter Tracy Wolfson.

Ernie Johnson will host studio coverage from the Final Four National Semifinals and the National Championship on Monday, April 4, from NRG Stadium in Houston with analysts Charles Barkley, Clark Kellogg and Kenny Smith. They will be joined by Greg Gumbel along with analysts Reggie Miller and Steve Smith and insider Seth Davis.

Enjoy the games.

More for Cord Cutters: CBS to Stream College Football Lineup

This Saturday, college football begins in earnest, bringing a close to a long offseason and plenty of fan withdrawals. Good news for cord cutters this year, especially those who follow teams in the SEC: CBS will be streaming its entire college football lineup, including the 17 game SEC schedule beginning this Saturday with the annual Kickoff Game in Atlanta between Louisville and Auburn.

Online football watchers do not need to have a cable TV or satellite TV ID in order to watch the games, as they do not require authentication on or the CBS mobile app and CBS tablet app. As a bonus for those watching online, there’s an online-only pregame show featuring Teryn Schaefer, Matthew Coca, and Brady Quinn. The team will also analyze the game at halftime and provide postgame coverage.

Here’s the schedule, via Awful Announcing:


(Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game)  

Sept. 19 3:30 PM AUBURN at LSU
Oct. 31 3:30 PM FLORIDA vs. GEORGIA
Nov. 7 3:30 PM

8:00 PM



Nov. 14 12:00 NOON

3:30 PM



Nov. 27(Fri) 2:30 PM MISSOURI at ARKANSAS

Get ready for kickoff!

Sweet Sixteen Schedule Set for Cable TV

With the first two rounds of action complete in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, March Madness is moving closer and closer to its end. The Sweet 16 begins today, and here you’ll be able to find where to watch all the action on cable TV.

Here are the times and channels (all Eastern Time), via TV Media Insights:

Thursday, March 26, 2015

7:15 p.m. on CBS: Midwest Region
(#3) Notre Dame vs. (#7) Wichita State
7:47 p.m. on TBS: West Region
(#1) Wisconsin vs. (#4) North Carolina
Approx. 9:45 p.m. on CBS: Midwest Region
(#1) Kentucky vs. (#5) West Virginia
Approx. 10:17 p.m. on TBS: West Region
(#2) Arizona vs. (#6) Xavier
Friday, March 27, 2015

7:15 p.m. on CBS: South Region
(#2) Gonzaga vs. (#11) UCLA
7:37 p.m. on TBS: East Region
(#4) Louisville vs. (#8) N.C. State
Approx. 9:45 p.m. on CBS: South Region
(#1) Duke vs. (#5) Utah
Approx. 10:07 p.m. on TBS: East Region
(#3) Oklahoma vs. (#7) Michigan State

A few upsets have led lower seeds to the Sweet 16 and busted many brackets. Now is when we’ll see if sleeper teams like Wichita State (who upset the Kansas Jayhawks) and NC State, who upset #1 seed Villanova, can continue their run in the big dance.

For those who want to watch basketball at its best, though, the game to tune in to is the late game on CBS on Thursday, where the Kentucky Wildcats will attempt to continue their run to perfection and setting the record for most wins in a college season. West Virginia will prove a worthy challenger.

Stay tuned to the TV, Internet and Phone Blog for the Final Four matchup next week.

NBC Sports Network in Talks with Big East Conference

As NCAA conferences scramble to land television deals and seal in their profits over the next few years, the Big East Conference, in danger of splintering due to the exit of several basketball-only schools, is in talks with NBC to air games on the fledgling NBC Sports Network. According to USA Today Sports, a deal is close to being reached and would begin with the 2013-14 basketball season.

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The deal would commence in basketball next season, which would mean a full complement of 18 teams including all of the schools who have announced they were leaving.

Included in that group would be the Catholic 7 — Seton Hall, Georgetown, DePaul, St. John’s, Providence, Villanova and Marquette — who announced in December they were breaking away to form their own league, which would be devoid of FBS football programs, as well as Louisville and Notre Dame who are moving to the Atlantic Coast Conference and Rutgers which is moving to the Big Ten. All of those moves are expected to start in the fall of 2014.

The Catholic 7 has a 40 million a year television offer from Fox which is being seriously considered but would have to include at least three more schools, with Xavier and Butler the leading candidates to join at least one more member which could come from a group which would include Saint Louis, Dayton, Creighton, Richmond or VCU.

Although the initial money from NBC for the Big East is low — first reported by ESPN to be between 20 and 23 million per season for football and basketball — it would be only six years in length and open to renegotiation, with the hope that early exposure and success would create a bigger market..

The master plan — there has been no official offer made — would be for the Big East, which has been torn apart by the defection of 18 teams in football and basketball over the past few years, to use NBC in a similar way ESPN began in 1979, using the Big East as one of its early anchor items.

Likely, if the Big East can solidify its standing, it will, in the future, seek to create its own network, as the Pac-12 and Big Ten have. Proving itself with ratings on NBC Sports Network could be the way to do just that.