Ivy League football is getting screen time! Oh wait, just kidding, not Columbia
A little over a month ago, the Ivy League and the NBC Sports Network announced that between six and ten Ivy League football games would be televised, including ‘The Game’, the ever-famous matchup between Harvard and Yale.
Well, a few days ago, NBC released its lineup. And Columbia was nowhere to be found. Not only that, but it was the only Ivy to not have a single game televised. Check out a statement from NBC and the lineup after the jump.Here’s the schedule of what Ancient Eight games you can check out from the comfort of your own room:
That kind of stings, doesn’t it? Knowing that the viewership of Columbia’s football game will be down the additional 13 viewers this is sure to pull in? It’s like you can already hear Columbia fans cursing NBC Sports Network with abysmal viewership for these game. (Oh, wait, was the wish already granted?)
Spectrum wanted to know if there was any reason Columbia was, shall we say, snubbed, so we reached out to NBC and got the following statement in return:
Our goal is to showcase the most exciting Ivy League rivalries and storylines. When constructing the schedule, we take into account attractive match-ups, team records, and time-period availability. The Lions were on our air last year and we look forward to their return in the future.
Well, at least the answer wasn’t a simple, “1-9.” Suck it, Brown.
But new head coach Pete Mangurian isn’t surprised by the choices, according to his most recent blog post. Instead, he’s looking ahead to the future, and he insists, “We will not be defined by our past.” In his post, he also challenges fans to fill the stands and to come to all home games.
Well, I guess it could be worse than not having a single televised Ivy football game. We could live in New Haven.
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