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Weekday football games are great for the MAC

For fans of a MAC team, or the conference as a whole, this probably isn't a headline that most would agree with. Even myself, a student at Central Michigan, can admit that there is nothing better than the atmosphere surrounding a saturday football game on a fall evening. That pageantry and tradition that so many fans love is undoubtedly lessened when their favorite team is playing on a weekday night.

I am still very much in favor of every other conference playing as many of their games as possible on saturday because that is where college football belongs. For the MAC on the other hand, playing a majority of weekday games could be a major advantage in the long run.

In 2014, the MAC and ESPN agreed upon a ten year extension on their TV Deal which features coverage of every football game as well as men's and women's basketball back. Bryan Vance went a little further into detail when the deal was first reported:

"... Brett McMurphy of ESPN (and several others) have reported that this 13-year deal with ESPN is worth more than $100 million, or roughly about $8 million a season. That factors out to about $670,000 per school, per season, a big improvement over the roughly $120,000 each school received under the previous $1.4 million a year deal, a nearly 500 percent increase in annual payouts."

The average Big 10 team on the other hand is making nearly $45 million per year through television rights. As you can see, even with a fairly new deal in place, the MAC is still not exactly breaking the bank when it comes to TV money.

The money isn't the key point to look at when it comes to the conference's success however.

The greatest asset provided to the MAC through their deal with ESPN is exposure, and lots of it. The more MAC games that are aired on the weekdays on ESPN and ESPN 2, the more awareness and relevance the conference receives.

This is crucial for a conference like the MAC which contains schools that aren't generally known as football powerhouses to a national audience.

People love to watch football, and weekday games are a great way to connect those fans who are likely to choose a game between two power five teams over group of five teams. When the games are the only football on during primetime, it's all eyes on the MAC.

The attention has also allowed for the creation of the 'MACtion' brand. Now when fans turn on their tv, they can expect to see a fast paced and high scoring game. The MACtion brand doesn't hurt in recruiting either. Athletes have a chance to see the exciting and intense nature of playing for Mid-American school through these mid-week times slots.

Of course there are people out there who think that this is not the right move for the conference, and I understand why. It can be hard to make it to a game of your favorite team on a saturday afternoon, let alone a weekday. The attendance can also be brutal at times and portray the product to be below standard.

Even with those problems, the positives far outweigh the negatives for everyone involved. If the MAC had to compete every week with power five schools for attention, they would often get blown away by the massive fan bases. With the contract that is currently in place, the MAC is relevant in the sports landscape and will be for some time to come.

The weekday time slots are a part of what makes the MAC what it is, and I wouldn't want it any other way.

With that being said, we've only got two more months until college football season starts, and I for one can't wait for more mid-week thrillers between MAC foes.

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