Random Questions and Comments About College Football – Late December ’16

ccSUPER BOWL IN ORLANDO?

After spending some time at the Camping World Stadium, the thought came to mind about Orlando and a possible Super Bowl. Would that ever happen? At 70,000 seat capacity, is it large enough to host at Super Bowl? Does Orlando want one or need a Super Bowl? Thinking about some of the basic logistics, their weather is good enough to host one. Said differently, if Tampa can host a Super Bowl, why not Orlando? First, it has comparable weather to the city on the Gulf. Let’s consider entertainment and hotels? There’s certainly enough hotels in the Orlando area, although they may be 30 minutes from the venue, not sure if that would make a difference or perhaps in early February, the vacancy rate might be very low so the city could not promise the availability of hotels to suit 100,000 people.

Would Orlando not get a Super Bowl because they don’t have an NFL team? If this isn’t the case, wouldn’t this play into the question to a certain extent?

bbCAMPING WORLD STADIUM PROMOTES WHAT?

The large football venue west of downtown Orlando is now called Camping World Stadium. What’s this all about? What does Camping World sell? All camping supplies or just a small niche within the camping space. After a brief discussion, I learned that Camping World just sells recreational vehicles or RVs. When I imagine the world of camping, my first image is not just of RVs. That’s not exactly camping in my world. My world of camping includes tents, sleeping bags, kayaks, campfires and gas  supplied cooking stoves. My camping may or may not include electricity or all those modern conveniences. Either I grew up poor or I’m an environmentalist.

Low and behold, Camping World focuses just on RVs. The niche market is quite small but the profit is potentially very large. Why not just call them RV World? Would that not be as catchy as camping world?

aaONLINE TICKET CONFUSION WITH SEAT GEEK

About 15 minutes before the kickoff between West Virginia and Miami, I purchased two tickets to the Russell Athletic Bowl. Desirous to get good seats but not pay more than $50-100, I choose two upper deck seats at the 50 yard line on the east side of the stadium. While using the Seat Geek app, I was perplexed why there were only seats available to purchase on one side of the stadium. Once in Camping World Stadium, I noticed the entire west side of the upper deck was closed. There were stairs and elevators available but were blocked off as the Russell Athletic bowl decided the supply exceeded the demand and only one upper deck would be available. Apparently, advanced tickets sales dictated only keeping one side open. It would have been helpful to know that before I looked over the one side and didn’t see anything available. I assumed there was an incredible demand for Miami seats but much fewer for West Virginia.

SUN PASS ADS INSIDE STADIUM?

One more thought, why does Sun Pass (Florida) advertise inside the Camping World stadium? What do they attempt to accomplish by doing so?

ddTEMPERATURE AND WEATHER INFORMATION IN OPEN STADIUMS

Temperature, wind direction, and other weather information would help understand playing conditions, no?

ALL NFL AND COLLEGE TV BROADCASTERS NEED TO BE TRANSPARENT

Fox sports scheduled for 3.5 hrs PAC 10 championship. On ESPN, they scheduled the MAC Championship for only 3 hours. It went for 3 hours and 39 minutes. I wonder why major sports networks, including ESPN schedule the game for less than the game actually takes. In addition, I’m not just talking about going over by 5 or 10 minutes. This is intentional or due to something less dubious? I think it’s disingenuous to do so. Average what past championships take and schedule accordingly. Apply the same logic to regular scheduled CFB games including the NFL.

PLAY CLOCK REBOOT AT FOX SPORTS

Fox sports, why are you the only sports network that only shows the play clock when it reaches 9 or 10 seconds? This applies to college and pro ball. It’s the 21st century FoxSports, so why continue to be the minority where all other networks provide that valuable service during football games.

 

 

Kevin Schwarm

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