Sometimes it seems college football can’t be stopped. It will just keep making more and more money and more and more people will keep watching, or will they? I was surprised to this article from the SportsBusinessDaily, that showed a decline across the board in college football televsion ratings.
To reveal the power of the Notre Dame brand, NBC was up a whopping 67%, while all other networks dropped anywhere from 3%-71%. The 71% drop came from the NBCSportsNetwork which lost the Pac 12 as a partner.
Notre Dame also had the most appearances of any team in the top 15 primetime games at 4, including at #8 in a game against a Boston College team that was 2-7.
2 Things are clear to me from this.
1) Could we be seeing the beginning of a saturation point of college football?
2) Like it or not, a relevant Notre Dame program is the most powerful entity in college football.