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MKE Television Viewers Discover NCAA Football is a Cartel

I’m not one of those “Congress Must Break Up the BCS” people.

For starters, I believe it has much more important things to deal with than college football.  Secondly, believe the act of even holding a hearing on the subject is a gross over-extension of Congress’s use of the Commerce Clause of the Constitution (Sorry Senators from Utah who root for BYU and Utah.).

Finally, I went to a Division III football school (UW-Eau Claire), where an actual champion is crowned on the field, not by a computer program.

But this just continues to highlight that the NCAA gave up on the best wishes of student athletes decades ago.  TV cash is King.

The request by WISN-TV (Channel 12) to carry the Rose Bowl has been declined, said Jan Wade, the station’s president and general manager Monday.

This is the first year that the Rose Bowl has not been available on free TV.

As part of a four year agreement with the Bowl Championship series, cable sports channel ESPN has exclusive rights to the Rose Bowl, Fiesta Bowl, Orange Bowl and BCS championship through 2014.

The Rose Bowl is played Jan. 1, and because the Wisconsin Badgers are playing WISN-TV had hoped to be allowed to broadcast ESPN’s coverage of the game, as it does when the Green Bay Packers play on Monday Night Football.

In an e-mail, Wade said that the decision to not let them carry the game did not come from ESPN, but from the NCAA “who does not operate under the same ‘home market’ rules that the NFL does.”

The station also had its request for a “viewing party” declined “again due to a rights issue,” Wade said.

No report yet for the other TV markets in the state and if they requested waivers or not.  Given how the NCAA is, they will probably be coming shortly.

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