Yes, Alabama and Clemson will play for a mythical national championship Monday night in San Jose, California at Levi Stadium. And yes, if you want to buy a ticket to the game on a secondary site, such as Stub-Hub, the cost of the ducat will not put you past a hundred or hundred fifty dollars at most. I suspect if you show up to the stadium you can get a ticket for much lower than that a half hour before kickoff.
What a shame that for the most important game in college football this season will be played in front of empty seats, probably thousands of them at the stadium that seats 68,500. Yes, it will look bad on TV Monday night, and the fault belongs directly to the administration of the Final Four playoffs.
Unlike last year when Alabama and Georgia met in SEC country in Atlanta, this game will be played thousands of miles from the homes of the Crimson Tide and Tigers. It is not cheap to get flights and accommodations in this part of the country, and the ticket prices, hotel and air can and will cost upwards of three, four and even five thousand dollars. Only so much football money is available for fans of the two particulars, and as we know, Alabama and South Carolina are not the hotbeds of the rich and famous. After their shorter trips to Miami and Dallas respectfully, just one week earlier these rabid fans are not so rabid when it comes to shelling out the big time bucks.
And to be correct, those 49er season ticket fans (Levi Stadium, home of the NFL’s San Francisco franchise) that might have been required to buy a ticket in a lessor game, were not in on this one. It is a fact that these two schools are not that popular in California, so do not look for the locals to attend. School night, 5:00 PM kickoff on a Monday afternoon? You understand.
With most all areas of this sport of college football not interested and not a participate in this four team tournament, national interest is pathetic. Midwestern, western, and most northern fans just do not give a damn. Even in the south, if you are not from Alabama or South Carolina, your interest is tepid at best. The playoffs will garner somewhere around 28 million viewers some time during the game, but if it is not a good contest, that number will not be better than any of the four previous title games. The numbers are not anything to brag about.
Fans shall hope for one positive, that the game is good and close, worthy of something historic. Yet viewing such a game that you see empty seats in the stadium can and will say more about the system than you might want to know.
Good one college football. Send your two best teams thousands of miles away from your campuses and play in front of the phantom fans of “I just don’t care.”
That is the way I see it sports fans.
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