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Published: Friday, April 11 2014 3:50 p.m. MDT

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Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

Why doesn't ESPN just put the games on Saturdays?

Wayne Rout
El Paso, TX

Since I have to fly to attend games, I certainly want all changes to be made as early as possible. There needs to be a time when no further changes will be made.

Until BYU has some good teams for 5 or 6 years or joins a major conference they won't have much clout to get anything. Watching Bronco's BYU is boring football. If this tread continues we'll be lucky to get on TV any day of the week. Losing to Boise 7 to 6 is not why people watch BYU. I fear it will be some time before BYU has a real creative offense.

Mission Viejo, CA

Losing to Boise 7-6, as I recall was two seasons ago, in the Riley Nelson broke-back year. Doman was OC.

Last year, BYU had a brand new offense, new offensive coaches, a beat up OL, and whipped BSU, Texas, and Houston. Yes they did not beat Wisconsin, Notre Dame, Utah and Washington, but we're looking for improvement this year.

Mister J
Salt Lake City, UT

College Football on Thurs is good plus a decent alternative to Wrestling.

I don't like the NFL on Thursday & NCAA games on Friday are pointless.

Salt Lake City, UT

Interesting. It appears that the underlying premise of the article is that people tune into to ESPN to watch byu. The graphic indicates that the highest viewership was games against BSU, Wisconsin, ND, Texas and Utah. Could it be that those games had the most viewers because of the other team and it had nothing to do with either byu or ESPN??

Take a look at who byu's competition was for the games with the least number of viewers. None of them have strong fan bases.

Central, UT

Any amount is worth it to be on ESPN. Independence is the ultimate acheivement, now if we could keep people from going to high school games on Fridays.

Salt Lake City, UT

@MyPerspective. I think that the opponent had something to do with why those games were on ESPN (or not). But, the much larger contributor to viewership comes from the channel the game was played on. If I had ESPNU, I would have tuned into every single one of those games. Those were radio games for me. Basic statistical practices tell us that in order to make such a conclusion as you have, the games would all need to be shown on the same channel.

Cottonwood Heights, UT

Games on Thur or Fri are absolutely great for BYU. There are far less options for football fans around the country to tune into which obviously gives BYU a better shot at a greater viewership.
Put BYU mid-saturday and most of their games will go relatively unwatched outside of Provo. There are just far better games for the nation to switch to. Now if it's the occasional Wisconsin or Notre Dame game, that might be a different story, but we all know that has more to do with, well, Wisconsin and Notre Dame.

Darren Rowe
Heber City, UT

@My Perspective

It's true that there are more viewers when we play good teams, but that is true for every team across the country. I'll bet Alabama vs. Auburn had a heck of a lot more viewers than Alabama vs. Eastern Tennessee Institute of the Arts or whoever they played early in the year.

So yes, the opponent makes a difference, but that is true for any football game. Nobody wants to watch the best team if they are playing a bad opponent. It's much more interesting to watch BYU play Wisconsin than Idaho State.

Floyd Johnson
Broken Arrow, OK

Many BYU fans do not live in Utah Valley. I appreciate the concern that it is difficult to pick up the kids from school and get them to a Thursday night game, but channel availability is important for those of us spread throughout the country.

I am not particularly concerned if other people watch the games.

Real Bass
Idaho Falls, ID

Sure, grab the dollars. Who even cares about attendance at games on thursday. Lots of people used to travel to Provo for games but with inferior completion and Thursday games a lot of people are staying home.

BYU Fan in DC
Washington, DC

Chris B... Can you find the article that talks about how many people tuned in to Utah vs. (fill in the blank) games? Since you constantly like to draw comparisons, dont forget this one.

Oh, and dont forget that you cheer for a university that some NBA athletes have thought was a city (Dirk Nowitzki). If you want to elbow in Williams comment when he was 16 and in high school, dont forget that you live in a state that most East Coast people know next to nothing about.

Richmond, VA

Just win games, all of them regardless of who the opponent is, and all else will fall in place. TV time slots and day of broadcast will take care of themselves which will result in more national exposure and more respect for the program. So until that happens on a consistent basis, it will be the "same old same old" story. Nothing will change!

I know it's hard to attract the top athletes in the country to BYU but I keep hoping we'd somehow pulled a miracle with a bunch of walk ons and no name athletes. I always love a Cinderella story anyway! It happened once and I'm hoping it'll happen again.

Go Cougars!

Rose Bowl call yet?
Salt Lake City, UT


BYU's Thursday/Friday games will be on ESPN/ESPN2 competing against only one or two other games for national attention.

Utah's Saturday morning/afternoon games will be on PAC net regional, lost in an avalanche of other games.

Good luck even being able to watch the game without paying a premium price if you are a Utah fan living in Washington and Utah is playing in California or Arizona.

Anchorage, AK

As a BYU fan in Alaska, having ESPN involved is a blessing in regard to the fact that I can watch more games. The drawback comes from BYU having a coach that doesn't seem to have a passion for winning, like a Nick Saban does, and it trickles down to the team. So, watching BYU get it's butt kicked on national TV isn't fun, entertaining or worthwhile and I, and many others, turn it off. Until the school and coach consider football as something other than a tool for exposure for the church, they will find more and more of their games on ESPNU or ESPN News and not on the main channels...and fewer people watching (which defeats the purpose, right?).

Bronco still considers coaching a 9 to 5 job - until that changes, it doesn't matter what night BYU plays on, or its opponent...winning puts butts in the seats and eyes watching on TV.

Texans for BYU
Houston, TX

It doesn't matter to me what night of the week BYU is playing. I love being able to tune in and support my team. If it was an afternoon game during the week I'd just TiVo the game and watch it when I got home from work.

I feel sorry for the Utah fans in Texas... (are there any?) who can't watch all of their games. And I love that my team comes down here to play occasionally. Independence has many benefits.

Go Cougars!

Naval Vet
Philadelphia, PA

BYU Fan in DC:

"If you want to elbow in Williams comment when he was 16 and in high school, dont forget that you live in a state that most East Coast people know next to nothing about."

What does that have to do with Williams believing the Y was a D-II school? Jamaal isn't from the east coast. He's from San Bernardino County.

Y Grad / Y Dad
Richland, WA

Real Bass
Idaho Falls, ID

"Lots of people used to travel to Provo for games but with inferior completion and Thursday games a lot of people are staying home."

Anecdotal statistic, but I believe the last time I watched a Provo non-Saturday game on TV, the announced attendance worked out to 92% of capacity. Thursday night in the snow, game is televised, and 92% still made it out.

Wish our sacrament meeting attendance was so faithful.

Two For Flinching
Salt Lake City, UT

"dont forget that you live in a state that most East Coast people know next to nothing about."

Weak smack. That says more about those East Coasters than it does about the state of Utah.

Cardston, Alberta

Basketball attendance is down. Four reasons(there may be more) 1. late start times esp. on week nights 2. Games being televised so some watch at home 3. BYU is much more academically intense..gotta study 4. WCC conference teams have dismal following on the road. As regards football the first three reasons likely apply. Add into the mix "other" events competing for fans' attention, and some opponents since we went "indy" have dismal following on the road. I am quite sure our attendance will suffer on Thurs. and Fri.

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