UH will be playing Navy at 11:00 this Friday because ESPN says so and the AAC and UH agreed to the contract. If this was on a Saturday I would be there. Unfortunately Friday morning is dialysis for my wife. But ESPN, Fox, CBS, etc. dictate what time and day the games will be played.
So, this is what college FB has become, especially for the G5 or "untouchable" college football teams. The P5 teams live in Nirvana, everyone else is on the outside.
ESPN will lay off 100 people this month after laying off 100's over the past two years. ESPN has according to SI "dropped in households from 100.13 million in 2011 to an estimated 87.5 million households today." Yes this is because of politics being brought into sports and NFL politics, etc. But some G5 college FB fans are waking up and cutting the cord against the "we own you and you will pay for our cable/dish service. You will do this even though we are destroying your fan base and telling the world your team is inferior to those P5 teams that are vastly superior even if this is not true."
This past October ESPN lost almost 600,000 customers who cut the cord.
ESPN, FOX, showed their power when they put the BIG12 and their school presidents in their place and basically said you change the contract and accept what we will give you or we will see you in court. These presidents got on their knees and asked where do they sign. The power is in the media, not the schools. Yes the school presidents could have said no and gone to court. But they knew doing that would harm them and the P5 FB world.
Funny thing is since I cut the cord I do not miss it and I have discovered that like many have had to go "cold turkey" because of Harvey. My brother's home is waiting on contractors to rebuild and he is without cable while living at his daughter's home. His son in law has introduce him to Sling, Hulu, etc. and many other on line sites.
Disney will see to it that ESPN survives if they purchase Netflik and other companies so they can leave or reduce their cable footprint. But they will not support UH and G5 teams any more than they are now when this happens.
They have already decided that UH/G5 teams are not worthy of P5 Nirvana and will not change UH's classification in their caste system. It has become so obvious that Tilman Fertitta has purchased the Rockets and now is looking at the NHL. He has equality in those leagues and will not be told to "shut up and know your place" in the P5 Nirvana and G5 untouchable world of college FB.