We already touched on this yesterday but the move of the BCS to ESPN is officially official. Every BCS Bowl Game will now be on the network from 2011-2013, which will total fifteen total contests over the three year period. Here are both ESPN and The BCS’ statements regarding the deal….
The announcement was made by George Bodenheimer, President, ESPN, Inc. and ABC Sports, and John Swofford, BCS Coordinator and ACC Commissioner.
“The BCS will thrive on ESPN,” Bodenheimer said. “Our slogan is ‘College Football Lives Here’ and the BCS will now top college football’s best regular-season and studio coverage, the sport’s top awards shows, Bowl Week and other national championships all carried on our family of networks. This is a proud day for ESPN and an exceptional day for this great sport and its passionate fans.”
Swofford added, “We are tremendously pleased to reach an agreement with ESPN and feel that the BCS games from 2011-14 will be in good hands. With the continued growth of technology and the depth of coverage that ESPN gives to the college football fan on all its platforms during the regular-season, this post-season partnership is a natural fit.”
And I actually agree with both of them. Even though we get FOX for another few years, it was just never a good fit. Everything from the camera angles to announcers seemed forced, and while they’ve certainly improved in some areas, the overall product was just never there. Congratulations ESPN, now don’t go ruining this one for us.