The NCAA's Genius Plan To Play Their Playoff Games On New Year's Eve Instead Of New Year's Day Completely Backfired
Yahoo- College Football Playoff executives said they were going to change the paradigm of New Year's Eve in America and instead Americans changed the paradigm of the College Football Playoff.
Many of them didn't watch.
There are 12.5 million reasons why 12.5 million fewer people tuned into the first semifinal game this year than last. There's another 10 million why they didn't watch the second one.
The most obvious is that they moved the games from New Year's Day to New Year's Eve and then told their customers to deal with it.
It was an act of arrogance, of course, but also ignorance because the bubble in which these suits exist doesn't lend to interaction with folks who have jobs that don't take place in corner offices, you know, places where "just stream it on your smart phone" isn't an option.
You move an event from a national holiday synonymous with the sport to the middle of a workday for many and this is what happens – ratings drop as much as 45 percent. Double that by placing a second game on a night with endless entertainment options and longstanding traditions and you're completely spitting in the face of many of your fans.
The NCAA ladies and gentleman, or as I like to think of them, the girl that thinks and acts way hotter than she appears to everybody else. Everyone knows there is a delicate balance that exists between attractiveness and bitchiness. If a girl is good looking enough she can get away with murder. She can make you spend money on things you would never even think of spending money on. Dress in ways you would never even dream of prior to meeting her. Act in ways the real you would be absolutely ashamed of. That girl is the NFL. The NFL can do whatever they want, whenever they want because they know that they are the superior product. Look at Thursday Night Football. Thursday Night Football is like having sex with a model. It looks great on the surface, but the experience is almost always decidedly underwhelming (or so I have heard). The coaches know that. The players know that. The fans know that. Even the league knows that. That doesn't mean they plan on getting rid of it anytime soon. The NFL could hold the SuperBowl during your father's funeral and you would probably pay a bunch of money to download the stupid app that allows you to watch it on your phone while completely disrespecting his memory. People can bitch and complain as much as they want, because at the end of the day, they are still going to tune in. It's the same way a person will whine to their friends about all the instances in which their super hot girlfriend bossed them around, but when push comes to shove, they will still act like a little bitch and do whatever she says because she's got a pair of nips that could cut glass.
The NCAA, on the other hand, is that girl's friend. She's the girl that imitates how the 10 acts even though she's an 8. She thinks she holds the same power, but ultimately either ends up single and lonely or learns from her mistake. In this instance, that mistake was moving the college football playoff games, which were on New Year's Day last year, to New Year's Eve this year. That's the only rationalization I can think of as to why the NCAA thought they would be just as successful holding their most prestigious games during a day in which EVERYONE has plans. It was an egotistical move, lacking any sense whatsoever, that the NCAA tried to pull to assert their dominance. Why else would they would decide against holding the games on a day where 95% of the male population between the ages of 16-50 lays on their couch hungover all day begging for more sporting events to watch? I am not saying that the NCAA can't get away with doing dumb shit to prove a point. The same way a guy may change an opinion or two to satisfy a relatively attract women is the same a sports fan can overlook an incredibly petty, frivolous suspension handed out by the NCAA. However, when you make a move as brash as trying to interrupt the general public's New Year's plans then you better own a perfectly symmetrical face, a mesmerizing ass, and hit the gym on a daily basis. You're still pretty good looking NCAA, but you're not THAT hot, no matter how overrated New Year's Eve is.