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  • easternmh

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    http://awfulannouncing.com/2015/pac-12-commish-larry-scott-reveals-letter-to-draftkings-and-fanduel-calling-for-end-to-college-games.html

    Interesting….

  • jlowery73

    2012 DDC Main Event Champion

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    I used to watch only a little college football each Saturday. With DFS I watch it all the time. Hopefully they understand that the fantasy aspect draws a lot more viewers/attention to the games then there would be without it.

  • Stewburtx8

    • 2012 FanDuel WFBC Finalist

    @jlowery73 said...

    I used to watch only a little college football each Saturday. With DFS I watch it all the time. Hopefully they understand that the fantasy aspect draws a lot more viewers/attention to the games then there would be without it.

    THIS. Are they that naive to believe that there viewership numbers aren’t driven by gambling?

    Also, the cover alerts/point spreads are all about sports betting and have NOTHING to do with DFS or Draftkings.

  • iwrestle

    So have they sent a letter to Vegas asking them to stop offering bets? This would be terrible!

  • emac

    It would be nice if the Pac-12 commissioner spent a little more time getting his product on television channels/cable companies that were actually watched by more than the little tiny niche Pac-12 Network which is available pretty much nowhere outside of Pac-12 cities.

  • crazypaul

    @emac said...

    It would be nice if the Pac-12 commissioner spent a little more time getting his product on television channels/cable companies that were actually watched by more than the little tiny niche Pac-12 Network which is available pretty much nowhere outside of Pac-12 cities.

    Shots fired!

  • mellofellowsu

    @iwrestle said...

    So have they sent a letter to Vegas asking them to stop offering bets? This would be terrible!

    Yeah, that’s a little confusing. While the debate of DFS is between fantasy and gambling, sports betting is clearly gambling. So why wouldn’t they go after sports betting first?

  • EadesScience

    What is more alarming to me is that the article inferred that Congress might conduct an investigation of the entire DFS industry. All of which is fine as everything is all on the up and up!

  • headChopper

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    Just to echo what was already said; If there were no DFS for College then I would go from watching 8 hours of football every Saturday to watching about 8 hours TOTAL all year.
    First off, I don’t think the Big 5 has a leg to stand on. Secondly, to cave in might show a serious sign of weakness for the DFS sites and I’m not sure they want to portray that at the moment.
    Lastly, if this is a Big 5 conference thing, would College DFS just turn to a player pool of schools we are already using, but would just use solely now? Sounds feasible.
    But this is a terrible mistake for the College powers that be. I can’t understand how they don’t see the sizable popularity boost that DFS gives to your sport. And really let’s be honest, If a college athlete felt tempted to do something shady, it is 100 x’s easier to influence a point spread than it would be to alter a DFS outcome with any size.

  • briguy13

    Seriously…if this is such a problem for him, why haven’t they been going after Vegas sports betting for years?

  • milktruck

    If they take away my college basketball DFS I don’t know how I’ll keep going

  • badtouch

    If it wasn’t for DFS CFB, I would have zero interest in CFB. As it is now, I see Ball State vs Miami of Ohio and I’m all over it.

    I can’t see this having any legs but it is alarming that they are so short-sighted that they can’t see the huge benefits to their industry by the mere existence of ours.

  • TuscaloosaJohnny

    I don’t get this line:

    As ESPN began doing cut-ins this month for cover alerts and introducing point spreads on SportsCenter and College GameDay (most likely influenced by the network’s huge sponsorship deal with DraftKings), college officials have expressed their concern over the gambling aspect.

    Sure, some of us who really dig deep use point spreads (and primarily over/unders) for research, but point spreads generally are for those betting on the games, not the players.

    And, note to Awful Announcing blog, GameDay has shown point spreads on its telecast for years.

  • Battery1975

    I have always been an NFL guy and never cared to watch college football much. DFS has totally got me into watching college football all day on Saturdays now. Same goes for NBA and MLB. Hell I even bought the MLB season pass this year. These commissioners really need to think about that for a second.

  • Eptake5

    Pac-12 commish, others ask Draft Kings, FanDuel to end college games
    The commissioners of the NCAA’s Power 5 conferences, including Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott, are asking Draft Kings and FanDuel to stop offering college daily fantasy games. Scott also revealed the Pac-12 Network isn’t accepting DFS ads for their airwaves. SOURCE AWFUL ANNOUCING
    DFS must change its ad strategy
    From Forbes: In the deluge of ads for daily fantasy sites, you’ll see plenty of “regular Joes” featured as winners. Could that actually be a bad thing for the sites claiming they’re games of skill rather than luck?
    ESPN’s Matthew Berry responds to readers angry over Draft Kings plugs
    Matthew Berry of ESPN’s fantasy arm is a paid endorser of Draft Kings, which he didn’t disclose before writing his weekly column before Week 1. His readers weren’t happy as DFS ads continue to creep into all facets of ESPN.

  • mellofellowsu

    @badtouch said...

    If it wasn’t for DFS CFB, I would have zero interest in CFB. As it is now, I see Ball State vs Miami of Ohio and I’m all over it.

    I can’t see this having any legs but it is alarming that they are so short-sighted that they can’t see the huge benefits to their industry by the mere existence of ours.

    A lot of what you see being said about DFS is tied to ulterior motives. Politicians are trying to make names for themselves, or looking to be paid off.

  • themikestrick

    I’m pretty sure this is just the first step in their attempt to shake down the DFS sites. If FanDuel and DraftKings were to offer a percentage to the college conferences, everything would magically go away. They can’t try to shake down Vegas because sports betting is seen as “illegal” and they can’t be associated with that. But with DFS being considered “legal” they would be more than happy to take a cut of it. Just like every other part of collegiate sports, the only thing they care about is making money.

  • idontluvdemhos

    are they going to ask Vegas to stop taking bets on their games as well?

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  • Stewburtx8

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    @briguy13 said...

    Seriously…if this is such a problem for him, why haven’t they been going after Vegas sports betting for years?

    Because Vegas sports betting drives their huge viewership numbers. College Football is now only behind NFL in terms of $$$ wagered on sports. Without sports betting, their network deals would not be as big as they are, because their viewership numbers would drastically decline.

    Publicly they will say “gambling is bad.” But behind closed doors they have to know that sports betting is what is making them all a ton of money. DFS can only be good for them long term as well assuming college football DFS continues to grow (how that happens is another topic for discussion as I don’t think the sites do a very good job).

    At least someone like Adam Silver came out and admitted that sports betting is inevitable, and it makes the games more interesting for many. The big 5 college football commissioners are the worst though. They were too stubborn for a very long time to realize that a playoff would be good for their sport as well.

  • Scott121422

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    The Big Ten Network is still showing Fan Duel and Draft Kings Ads.

  • jlowery73

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    In a related note…..would ANYONE even watch a regular season MLB game without DFS? Other then perhaps the team they root for once and awhile my guess is probably not. The same could be said for NBA for most people. Some guys I hang out with used to never watch the NBA and now that they play daily they watch some each and every night.

    In fact, the Power 5 should talk to Directv or Dish to see how many League Pass, NBA Ticket, or NFL Ticket subscriptions are being sold now as opposed to what they sold 3-4 years ago without DFS. My guess is there numbers have increased at least 10x.

    Also, +1 on they should focus on making the Pac12 network available dammit. I had hopes back in August that it would be available on Directv and they must have hit a snag. I would have liked to watch/curse at my Washington St stack Saturday night as they put up very modest numbers in my cash games :)

  • Stewburtx8

    • 2012 FanDuel WFBC Finalist

    @jlowery73 said...

    Also, +1 on they should focus on making the Pac12 network available dammit. I had hopes back in August that it would be available on Directv and they must have hit a snag. I would have liked to watch/curse at my Washington St stack Saturday night as they put up very modest numbers in my cash games :)

    I somehow have it in Pennsylvania on my Comcast Sports Entertainment Package. The annoying part is that it is not available in HD. There also is consistently a black border around the channel which essentially makes the picture smaller. So while I occasionally flip it on like when I have Georgia State/Oregon players, it is really tough/annoying to watch.

  • briguy13

    @Stewburtx8 said...

    Because Vegas sports betting drives their huge viewership numbers. College Football is now only behind NFL in terms of $$$ wagered on sports. Without sports betting, their network deals would not be as big as they are, because their viewership numbers would drastically decline.

    Publicly they will say “gambling is bad.” But behind closed doors they have to know that sports betting is what is making them all a ton of money. DFS can only be good for them long term as well assuming college football DFS continues to grow (how that happens is another topic for discussion as I don’t think the sites do a very good job).

    At least someone like Adam Silver came out and admitted that sports betting is inevitable, and it makes the games more interesting for many. The big 5 college football commissioners are the worst though. They were too stubborn for a very long time to realize that a playoff would be good for their sport as well.

    I know, I was asking rhetorically.

  • steveospeak

    So i take it the Power 5 conferences want people to stop doing NCAA March Madness brackets as well? And every website that has prizes for this should stop immediately.

    This is beyond silly and NCAA like the pro sports need to find ways to embrace DFS and turn it into a money maker for them.

    And the idea of not showing DFS ads is hilarious as you are only hurting your revenue for these conference networks.

  • CrazyGabey

    Old rich white men may be the most disconnected humans on earth.

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