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    Just imagine if the NCAA had really thought about the option of allowing the top seeded team (in this case Valdosta State University) to host the Division 2 National Football Championship.

    I could easily see the town of Valdosta Georgia being a really great host city, with welcome banners everywhere, special events, tailgating / cook-off competitions, battle of the bands, etc, and a fully packed out enthusiastic stadium. (not to mention Blazer Lady's world renowned cookies)

    Southern hospitality mixed with southern charm, and a true college football town atmosphere, just the right combo.

    It would have probably generated enough excitement that ESPN wouldn't have regulated the game over to their much lesser watched stepchild ESPNU.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eagle74 View Post
    Just imagine if the NCAA had really thought about the option of allowing the top seeded team (in this case Valdosta State University) to host the Division 2 National Football Championship.

    I could easily see the town of Valdosta Georgia being a really great host city, with welcome banners everywhere, special events, tailgating / cook-off competitions, battle of the bands, etc, and a fully packed out enthusiastic stadium. Southern hospitality mixed with southern charm, and a true college football town atmosphere, just the right combo.

    It would have probably generated enough excitement that ESPN wouldn't have regulated the game over to their much lesser watched stepchild ESPNU.
    I agree Eagle74, I think the top seeded team hosting is a much better option. Now, I would not have been happy to travel all the way to Minnesota in 2010 when we played Duluth, but it would've been really cool all the same!

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    I think more than anything, it would be nice to have a NC game in a city with an airport accessible by commercial flights.

    The McKinney stadium is certainly nice, but when I looked up tickets to fly there, you’d have to go to Dallas, then rent a car and drive for an hour.

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    I think some D2 schools are capable of hosting, but I don’t think it would work every year. Not all schools have the facilities to support the National Championship and everything that comes along with it.

    If you want it to be just another game, sure, have it at the higher seeds’ home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BCBare View Post
    I think more than anything, it would be nice to have a NC game in a city with an airport accessible by commercial flights.

    The McKinney stadium is certainly nice, but when I looked up tickets to fly there, you’d have to go to Dallas, then rent a car and drive for an hour.
    That sure blows away the whole premise of this thread of the top seed hosting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BCBare View Post
    I think more than anything, it would be nice to have a NC game in a city with an airport accessible by commercial flights.

    The McKinney stadium is certainly nice, but when I looked up tickets to fly there, you’d have to go to Dallas, then rent a car and drive for an hour.
    That's Dallas Metro. If you fly into Atlanta, aren't there parts of the city in which it takes an hour to reach by car?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eagle74 View Post
    Just imagine if the NCAA had really thought about the option of allowing the top seeded team (in this case Valdosta State University) to host the Division 2 National Football Championship.

    I could easily see the town of Valdosta Georgia being a really great host city, with welcome banners everywhere, special events, tailgating / cook-off competitions, battle of the bands, etc, and a fully packed out enthusiastic stadium. (not to mention Blazer Lady's world renowned cookies)

    Southern hospitality mixed with southern charm, and a true college football town atmosphere, just the right combo.

    It would have probably generated enough excitement that ESPN wouldn't have regulated the game over to their much lesser watched stepchild ESPNU.
    They sure can print and plan and pay for things quickly in Valdosta.

    This is a utopian dream.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brandon View Post
    That's Dallas Metro. If you fly into Atlanta, aren't there parts of the city in which it takes an hour to reach by car?
    Depends on what time of day and how bad traffic is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eagle74 View Post
    Just imagine if the NCAA had really thought about the option of allowing the top seeded team (in this case Valdosta State University) to host the Division 2 National Football Championship.

    I could easily see the town of Valdosta Georgia being a really great host city, with welcome banners everywhere, special events, tailgating / cook-off competitions, battle of the bands, etc, and a fully packed out enthusiastic stadium. (not to mention Blazer Lady's world renowned cookies)

    Southern hospitality mixed with southern charm, and a true college football town atmosphere, just the right combo.

    It would have probably generated enough excitement that ESPN wouldn't have regulated the game over to their much lesser watched stepchild ESPNU.

    None of that would impact ESPN’s choice of channel. They base that decision on how many TVs they think will be showing the game.

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    Dallas traffic is no where near as bad as Atlanta. Fly into Love Field, take the North Dallas Tollway and you will be in Frisco in 45 minutes. Weather for Saturday is 59 and sunny.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rational Observer View Post
    None of that would impact ESPN’s choice of channel. They base that decision on how many TVs they think will be showing the game.
    Even though both schools have a strong and loyal fan base, I'm sure ESPN wasn't to thrilled to broadcast a Championship game on ESPN, or ESPN2 with the strong possibility of a half empty (or more) stadium at McKinney High School Stadium. So they scuffed it over to their little league baseball, badminton, ping pong channel. I really hope I'm wrong about all of the empty seats.

    I'm very disappointed that most of America will now miss the opportunity to see these two excellent Division 2 Football teams play on a channel more accessible to the masses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brandon View Post
    That's Dallas Metro. If you fly into Atlanta, aren't there parts of the city in which it takes an hour to reach by car?
    Plus tonight it is raining and sleeting......

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eagle74 View Post
    Just imagine if the NCAA had really thought about the option of allowing the top seeded team (in this case Valdosta State University) to host the Division 2 National Football Championship.

    I could easily see the town of Valdosta Georgia being a really great host city, with welcome banners everywhere, special events, tailgating / cook-off competitions, battle of the bands, etc, and a fully packed out enthusiastic stadium. (not to mention Blazer Lady's world renowned cookies)

    Southern hospitality mixed with southern charm, and a true college football town atmosphere, just the right combo.

    It would have probably generated enough excitement that ESPN wouldn't have regulated the game over to their much lesser watched stepchild ESPNU.
    In the press conference, they called Ferris St. Valdosta st. And then said the Valdosta St. Bulldogs......lol......

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eagle74 View Post
    Even though both schools have a strong and loyal fan base, I'm sure ESPN wasn't to thrilled to broadcast a Championship game on ESPN, or ESPN2 with the strong possibility of a half empty (or more) stadium at McKinney High School Stadium. So they scuffed it over to their little league baseball, badminton, ping pong channel. I really hope I'm wrong about all of the empty seats.

    I'm very disappointed that most of America will now miss the opportunity to see these two excellent Division 2 Football teams play on a channel more accessible to the masses.
    ESPN and every other TV network base their decisions on viewership as viewership equals revenue. The entire living alumni of both schools could be at the game and it wouldn't matter. It's about eyes watching the TV, and the D-II game doesn't attract viewership.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rational Observer View Post
    ESPN and every other TV network base their decisions on viewership as viewership equals revenue. The entire living alumni of both schools could be at the game and it wouldn't matter. It's about eyes watching the TV, and the D-II game doesn't attract viewership.
    It is a cyclic situation. The eyes do not watch D2 because they don't know anything about D2. They don't know anything about D2 without sports channels showing D2........

    D1 would not be what it is today without the sports channel showing the games they do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brandon View Post
    That's Dallas Metro. If you fly into Atlanta, aren't there parts of the city in which it takes an hour to reach by car?
    As in, every part of the city.

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    So, if we ever moved to D2 Schools hosting, we'd have a lot of things mentioned above to worry about...but another thing is the setup for media & SID's. This is not a knock on VSU or their stadium, because I think it's a really nice stadium - but the wifi connection is terrible in the box, and I know space is extremely limited for visitors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brandon View Post
    They sure can print and plan and pay for things quickly in Valdosta.

    This is a utopian dream.
    You may be surprised just how fast things can be done by an organization, university, or town when real pride and enthusiasm is on the line. This is especially true when a town knows that they may be in the spotlight with a potential windfall of visitors, media, and economic $$$ for retailers, restaurants, and hotels. I was recently affiliated with an organization which quickly needed a lot of banners for a special event, and working with an on-line company, they were basically designed, printed, and FedEx was delivering them within 2 days, and by the way, it didn't cost the organization an arm and a leg. Also, other events in which fans would enjoy could be put in place in a few days.

    I've been to Valdosta GA a few times, and have also stopped by McKinney TX on a trip to the Ft Worth area, and I know which place I believe would be the best fit for a Division 2 Football Championship, and would give genuine care and truly make the event 'special' for the players, their families, and fans.

    As far as ESPN, in this new digital age they can quickly get things set up logistically in place for events much faster than in the past without needing specialized facilities.


    Here's what's planned for the fans in McKinney TX so far (glad to see that they are setting aside 2 hours for a Fan Fest).

    "The community is invited to a Fan Fest celebration ahead of the championship game from 6-8 p.m. Dec. 14 at Tupps Brewery, 721 Anderson St. The event is free to attend. Fan Fest will feature a pep rally, musical entertainment and a battle of the bands from Valdosta State and Ferris State. Food and drinks will be available for purchase."

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlazerLady View Post
    It is a cyclic situation. The eyes do not watch D2 because they don't know anything about D2. They don't know anything about D2 without sports channels showing D2........

    D1 would not be what it is today without the sports channel showing the games they do.
    It's not the job of network executives to promote D-II schools into being recognizable names. It's their job to get as many eyes on their programming as possible.

    There are four FBS bowl games tomorrow among teams that are not anywhere close to being in contention for the FBS national championship, and head to head on TV, the worst of those games will draw more viewership than the D-II championship game. One of those bowl games involves Georgia Southern. I'm willing to be that more non-affiliated eyes in GA will watch the GSU bowl game than the VSU championship game.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rational Observer View Post
    It's not the job of network executives to promote D-II schools into being recognizable names. It's their job to get as many eyes on their programming as possible.

    There are four FBS bowl games tomorrow among teams that are not anywhere close to being in contention for the FBS national championship, and head to head on TV, the worst of those games will draw more viewership than the D-II championship game. One of those bowl games involves Georgia Southern. I'm willing to be that more non-affiliated eyes in GA will watch the GSU bowl game than the VSU championship game.
    That may be true.

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