Why ESPN didn't get my $10...

I came home early tonight with the intent of watching the Colorado State at BYU football game. Having scouted the game earlier I knew it would be on ESPN's Game Plan. It has been a while since I used one of the pay-per-view services but thought it would be worth dropping $10 to watch the game. Little did I know that I was only half right. For some reason I won't soon understand ESPN doesn't sell individual games anymore. If you want to see one game you have to buy the $20 "weekend" package. I understand it gives me more games that I could have watched earlier in the day but as I often do I was working earlier in the day.

No worries, I thought, because BYU TV had the game scheduled to be shown with a 1-hour delay. "All right," I thought, I can avoid the score for an extra hour and see the game. Of course when the hour passed and the game was due to start its "delayed" showing a college of fine arts music concert was on instead. It seems the schedule was optimistic in advertising the game for an hour after kickoff. Going online it seems the package is $20 to watch it on either the internet or TV. Why not both? Would it really cost that much extra for ESPN to offer a combined package?

Alas it is now most of the way through the third quarter and the Cougars are mauling the Rams 17-0. ESPN GameCast shows the Rams are having an impossible time crossing the Cougar's 35-yard-line, let alone getting into the red zone. Elsewhere in the league today Utah's woes continued with San Diego State coming up with a 28-19 win. The Falcons of Air Force rolled over UNLV 42-7. New Mexico beat the Wyoming Cowboys in Laramie with a 27-24 final and TCU hosted a 38-17 non-conference win over Army.