For better or worse — and the latter seems to be winning the exit polls so far — Big Ten Friday night football games are here, and they’re here to stay. And the league probably isn’t done shifting its traditional events and game windows at the behest of television, either.
When networks write the checks, networks pull the strings. Same as it ever was. Content is king, and those chartered planes for coaches — even coaches who profess to loathe the idea — don’t pay for themselves.
Delany: ‘Sorry, nope, we have a tradition.’
(Fox Sports hands Delany check)
— Sean Keeler (@SeanKeeler) November 2, 2016
Over the next two weeks, according to FBSchedules.com, a handful of games are currently slated for weeknights on major national and syndicated networks, mostly involving schools from the Mid-American Conference. The numbers break down like this:
Week 11 (ending Nov. 12) — 8 games total, three involving Power 5 schools, one on Friday night
Week 12 (ending Nov. 19) — 8 games total, zero involving Power 5 schools, one on Friday night
(As Week 13 involves Thanksgiving/Black Friday, we’re leaving that one out.)
So, simple question, really:
Are you OK with this?
And to what degree of “OK” are you?
Do you think more weeknight games are coming?
And how much would you rearrange your week in order to catch a B1G weeknight game?
As always, we’ll leave the polls open through Saturday night, and we’ll post the results in The Wrap on Sunday afternoon. If you’ve got any additional thoughts — or comments or suggestions — we’d love to hear them, either via our Facebook page or below.