NFL Lockout: With No NFL, Will Colleges Take Over Sundays?

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NFL Lockout: With No NFL, Will Colleges Take Over Sundays?

It's going to be a long, dark summer for the money-spending, rabid fan base of the National Football League.

Why?

Of course—the NFL's lockout of the players...

Let's explain.

The CBA (collective bargaining agreement) has not been set between the NFL and the players. The lockout has been going on for 40 days and talks have been going on in federal court.

This surely isn't good for football fans across America, but it seems like a good idea for colleges and universities, who also play football. Didn't know that?

Some schools already play games on Sundays, but these are teams in smaller conferences, such as the Conference USA.

On Sunday, September 4th of 2010, two games that took place included Texas Tech vs. SMU and East Carolina vs. Tulsa.

Luckily, one major conference is thinking ahead and that is the PAC-12. If the lockout continues, Commissioner Larry Scott is likely to take action.

"We certainly are monitoring the situation," Scott told Rivals.com. "We have no plans in place at this time, but you want to be prepared and consider all options. Still, these labor situations have a way of getting done the closer they get to a critical situation."

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If the lockout lasts long, TV stations will be looking to fill the empty time slots with college football games. Millions of dollars are at stake.

Although many fans would be irritated with the schedule change, schools may be willing to schedule the game, as it would be very lucrative.

And many fans would be thrilled, also.

For instance, one of the PAC-12's marquee games is scheduled for Saturday, September 10th. The game, Utah at USC, would draw huge ratings as a Sunday game without the NFL to watch.

For schools in big cities, NFL stadiums would not be in use. Any ideas? Georgia Tech is located right in middle of giant football-crazed Atlanta, Georgia.

Georgia Tech does not regularly sell out home games it's 55,000 seat complex, Bobby-Dodd Stadium.

With a small student enrollment, struggling team, and an SEC neighbor, The 'Jackets can be a hard sell in Atlanta. The school averages 46,449 fans per game.

With an empty Georgia Dome, ESPN could move their game to Sunday.

Why not?

“Thursday night football hasn’t been around forever, and we adjusted to that. Sunday is a day a lot of people look to watch football. You would get good exposure,” says Arizona AD Greg Byrne.

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Buzz may be humming in the Georgia Dome on a Sunday afternoon in the fall and the Falcons may be out of luck due to some greedy NFL owners

The best date would be September 24th, which is when Tech take on North Carolina, and the September 17th game versus Kansas could also work.

This may bother some fans, but most people around the nation aren't going to be going to the game. The Yellow Jackets could earn good TV money and plenty of national exposure.

Although the stadium wouldn't sell out, it would likely pack the lower bowl and beyond, and some non-Georgia Tech Atlanta sports fans would be interested enough to buy tickets.

I'm not saying that all teams have to play on Sunday, but with no NFL, what will we watch? The UFL?

 

 

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