ESPN: C’Mon Man!

There are 24 Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) (Division I-AA) teams that will play for a national championship. The champion in this division is actually decided on the field. The games start this Saturday, November 30, and the championship game is set for January 4.

The Big Sky Conference has four teams in playoffs: Eastern Washington, Northern Arizona, Montana, and Southern Utah.

That was the good news.

It looks like most of games are scheduled to be carried on ESPN3, which severely limits who can view the games. Here in Montana, my cable companies (Bresnan – Optimum – Charter) have changed so much who knows if I can even access ESPN3.

The same situation happened back in 2011. Fans across the nation banded together, and ESPN put the games on pay-per-view, which was a nice compromise. I wrote about that situation HERE and HERE.

They need to at least do that again.

If you are a football fan, you need to get involved. Here’s how:

Fans have created a Facebook Page “FCS Football Teams Petition to Espn to Air Games” to “wake up ESPN” which, in part, says:

The FCS playoffs have once again arrived and unfortunately FCS fans all over the country will have their opportunities to view these games limited by ESPN. In the last few years the early round games have been limited to ESPN 3 and due to regional carriers, many loyal FCS fans will find themselves in the dark once again.

It’s time once again to to [sic] raise our voices, contact our representatives, and our television service providers to demand action. This is for fans all over the nation who don’t have access to ESPN3 due to carrier conflicts, internet issues, lack of internet connection or just bad location.

2 years ago, ESPN did the same thing. But we stood up to them and everybody won. ESPN put the games on Pay-Per-View, so the bars and everyday folks won as they willingly paid to watch the game. ESPN and the TV providers all won as they raked in a nice amount of money from those games. Here in 2013, we find ourselves in the same situation. We need an even stronger showing to really send ESPN a message

Go to the page and click on the “Going” tab which just adds your name to the page (you don’t have to “go” anywhere). Invite your friends, too!

C’Mon ESPN – make the games accessible to more fans!

 

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