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PostPosted: Sun Sep 06, 2009 7:05 pm 
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I think the "reverse mirror" system can be great, but right now, there is one fatal flaw:

The game that gets to the entire nation is always the Big Ten game.

This means that sometimes, even the most attractive matchup can't be seen without GamePlan.

No weekend better demonstrated this weakness last year than October 25. The best matchup in the 3:30 timeslot was Oklahoma State-Texas. As shown here, only the yellow areas of the map got that game. Since the ESPN games (actually seen on ESPN 2) were the Big Ten and ACC games, a good portion of the US, including such major markets as LA, Chicago, Miami, and Atlanta missed the Cowboys-Longhorns game.

It's time that ABC/ESPN stop using conference affiliation to determine what games get "reverse mirrored", and instead use how attractive the matchups are. Under this arrangement, the OkSU-UT game would have been the national game, and VT-FSU would have been the "A" game (the game that reaches the most people without reaching the entire nation).

Any comments?

(note: to be fair, I am an Ohio State fan)


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