Whatever you want to blame on college football imploding on itself: general incompetence, a lack of central leadership, or clutching onto to amateurism, is entirely up to you.
The reality is, Saturdays are going to be mightily different this fall in America if college football isn’t played this year due to the coronavirus.
According to multiple reports, capitalizing on the opening of over a dozen Saturday afternoon and primetime time-slots is something the NFL is seriously considering. NFL insider Mike Freeman reports that the NFL filling those time-slots is a ‘foregone conclusion’.
The NFL is watching what unfolds with college with interest. They remain highly intrigued by the Saturday television real estate with the potential absence of college.— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) August 10, 2020
NFL GM tells me he believes it’s a forgone conclusion the NFL will play regularly on Saturdays if no CFB.— mike freeman (@mikefreemanNFL) August 10, 2020
On Saturday, ProFootballTalk reported that games will likely be moved to Saturday whether or not they would be broadcasted regularly .
Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the NFL likely will move games from Sundays to Saturday, if college football doesn’t proceed this season. It’s unclear whether the games would be broadcast, streamed, or distributed on a pay-per-view basis, but the league likely would backfill the vacant Saturday windows with NFL content.
The amount of money that’s poured into broadcasting college football is counted in billions. If there is no college football to broadcast this season, it would be a shock if the NFL didn’t try to take advantage of that. No matter what mechanism is used to generate that extra revenue, the league is looking to make up for potential losses in revenue due to games played without fans.
College football isn’t dead quite yet, but even if it is, your Saturdays will still have football on the docket.