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BCS viewership and attendance numbers see increase

Barrett Sallee of Bleacher Report is reporting increases in attendance and viewership for the five BCS games.




It will be very interesting to see how the new playoff system affects TV viewership in 2015.  I assume the ratings will be even better because of the hype surrounding the new system, but three things must happen for ESPN to garner a long term viewership increase.

First, the games must be exciting and well-played.  This is unpredictable from year to year, but on average, there will be plenty of games to remember.

Second, the teams chosen for the playoffs must have a national following.  Texas, USC, Notre Dame, Alabama, Florida, and other national powerhouses will get the television ratings up because they have large fan bases and name recognition.  A good underdog story may help some years, but the big names will always increase viewership.

Third, people must believe the new playoff system is the best way to crown a champion.  Debates about the system being fair or unfair take away from the excitement on the field.  Everyone wants to know they are watching the best teams in college football.

What do you think?  Will the ratings keep climbing?  Or will we see a drop?

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