By: Kristen Ashly
The National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame put together a report that details what we already know…people love college football.
The report was rather thorough; it detailed how viewer stats prove how much fans crave the action. The College Football Playoff game featuring Ohio State and Oregon set record cable numbers, a new ESPN record, and set a new mark for the largest cable television audience in cable history. The semifinals that season were also the second and third most watched games in cable history. A total of 517 FBS games were streamed live by ESPN for 1.2 billion live minutes available to streaming viewers. That number is an 80 percent jump from 2013’s numbers. ESPN wasn’t the only one jumping on the chance to air the game, either. NBC, CBS, FOX Sports, Big Ten Network, and Pac-12 Networks all aired major college football games last season.
Attendance numbers were also reported. NCAA saw an attendance of 49,072,591 fans last season. Just short of the 2010 record, 1,730,254 fans attended a postseason bowl game last season, as well.
“The already intense interest in college football continues to grow,” said NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell. “Embracing ever changing technology, the leaders of our sport have done a spectacular job in ensuring that the fan experience not only keeps pace but sets the standard in innovation. We are grateful to the conferences, bowl games and the media for their creativity and commitment in delivering a first-class product that allows fans to experience the game in every imaginable way.”
Five years ago, NCAA underwent a realignment process in an effort to improve each individual school’s standing and stability moving forward. This report confirms what we all hoped for with that process; the game has continued to prosper, despite the grasp for higher paydays.
The NCAA football regular season starts Sept. 2. Remember to tune in. We know you will, anyways.
Kristen Ashly is an editor and contributor for Nuts & Bolts Sports. You can follow Kristen on Twitter @KristenAshly.
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