The College Football Playoff semifinals drew the two largest audiences of the college football season thus far, yet those numbers are far below what is expected for New Year’s Day playoff games.
According to Awful Announcing, 18.656 million viewers tuned in to ESPN and ESPN2 for the Rose Bowl between Alabama and Notre Dame, while 18.933 million viewers watched the Sugar Bowl between Clemson and Ohio State on the same two networks.
This continues the trend of decreased viewership seen across all of college football this season. However, despite the lower numbers, this year’s semifinals ranked fifth in average viewership since the start of the CFP seven years ago.
Awful Announcing’s Joe Lucia notes that the Rose Bowl performed better than the Sugar Bowl, which was the second-least watched primetime game we’ve seen in the semifinals. Meanwhile, the Sugar Bowl ranked fourth among the seven afternoon semifinals.
The table below depicts viewership for both semifinals, and the average of both games, since the playoff started with the 2014 season, per Awful Announcing.
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ESPN Accused Of Data Sharing Without Consent In Class Action Lawsuit
The proposed suit alleges these are violations of the Video Privacy Protection Act.
According to a potential class action lawsuit, user data from ESPN.com and ESPN+ has been allegedly shared with Meta Platforms without users consent.
Corrado Rizzi of ClassAction.org has proposed the suit, alleging that ESPN “uses a pixel installed on the back end of its website to track when website and app users take certain actions, such as clicking on an ad or viewing video content”. That “pixel” is used by Facebook to capture “a subscriber’s Facebook ID, with which anyone can ‘quickly and easily’ locate, access, and identify a particular Facebook account and a file containing details of a watched video and its corresponding URL.”
Rizzi adds that ESPN.com and ESPN+ subscribers aren’t told their data could be shared. He also shares that while ESPN could create its website to information isn’t immediately shared with Facebook, it benefits financially from utilizing the “pixel” on its website.
The proposed suit alleges these are violations of the Video Privacy Protection Act. The VPAA, according to ClassAction.org, “prohibits ‘video tape service providers’ from knowingly disclosing without consent consumers’ personally identifiable information, including that which identifies someone as having requested or obtained specific video materials”.
Pat McAfee Feels Good About His College Football MegaCast Debut
“I feel good going into the next one. I feel like we’ve learned from this first one,” he said.
The College Football MegaCast featuring Pat McAfee and his daily YouTube show’s cast debuted on ESPN2 over the weekend, and McAfee is looking forward to the next edition.
On his show Monday, McAfee told co-host A.J. Hawk that he felt good about how the show went considering it was uncharted territory to be in.
“We had no idea how successful it would be,” McAfee said. “Like this is the first time we’re being judged in a different fashion. I don’t think we marketed it much, you know, because I don’t think we knew how it was gonna go.”
The alternate feed is being produced for ESPN by Omaha Productions, which is also responsible for the ManningCast which runs alongside the traditional Monday Night Football broadcast.
McAfee said this first show turned out to be a learning experience and that they started off on the right foot.
“I feel good going into the next one. I feel like we’ve learned from this first one,” he said. “We had no idea, it was very much of a roll of the dice. Going into the next one I think we’re gonna try and make it even grander and bigger, and I’m very excited for it.”
As for the style in which they covered the Clemson/N.C. State game, McAfee added that the giveaways and guest interactions added a lot of value.
“I think it’s the right way to watch a game, and to be honest I think it’s keeping us all invested as much and even more,” he said.
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LA Clippers Sign New Contract with Bally Sports
The multi-year agreement will go into effect this season. Bally will carry 63 of the team’s 2022-23 regular season games.
The Los Angeles Clippers will continue its relationship with Bally Sports, completing a new deal over the weekend to keep Bally as the team’s regional sports network.
The multi-year agreement will go into effect this season. Bally will carry 63 of the team’s 2022-23 regular season games. Additionally, 11 games will be carried by KTLA, giving the team some additional viewership reach. The remaining eight games will be broadcast on national television.
Brian Sieman will continue on as the play-by-play broadcaster for games, with Jim Jackson and Mike Fratello swapping the analyst chair. Jamie Maggio and Kristina Pink will be reporting.
According to the Los Angeles Times, all signs pointed to the team and the network hashing out a new contract.