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All football, all the time

If big-time football had its way, games would be televised eight days a week.

Sunday, Monday and Thursday are for the NFL. Saturday, of course, is for college football, which also televises several games on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights.

Now comes the Big Ten Conference, which announced this week that starting next year it will play six prime time games on Friday nights as part of its new television contracts with ESPN/ABC and Fox.

To the credit of some Big Ten schools – including Penn State – they announced they would not host Friday night games.

And it’s for good reason. Friday nights are for high school football – you know, the critical feeder program for college football. Plus, Friday night college games could be difficult to attend for many ticket-holders – as in take the day off from work just to get there in time for kickoff.

But nah, the Big Ten decides to ignore that and go for the money and cannibalize its sport at the high school level. And cause hardship for fans who attend the Friday college games.

For the record, other college conferences also play occasional Friday night games, but the Big Ten games easily will be the marquee matchup and flag-bearer for the night in sports on TV. It even could lead to other major conferences playing Friday nights.

And that would further curtail interest in high school football, slashing attendance even more than what we’ve seen over the past couple of decades.

Indeed, for high school football, Friday Night Lights could become Friday Night Blight.

RANDOM SHOTS AND SECOND THOUGHTS

-- Suddenly, the presidential election is up for grabs. I'm just hoping it's not decided by the cemetery vote.

-- Has Penn State rejoined college football’s elite? Too early to tell, and the Lions need to be wary Saturday night vs. Iowa, which always plays tough vs. Penn State. Prediction: Penn State, 27-23.

-- Eagles 26, Giants 20. Never liked the Giants. Of course, they never liked me, either.

-- Heard on New York local radio: The Atlanta Police Department advertising for police officers, even scheduling a job recruitment event at a Newark, N.J., hotel. So, if you need a job and want to move to Hotlanta …

 

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