Michigan State Football: The new TV schedule is awful
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Michigan State Football: The new TV schedule is awful

Jun 22, 2023

COLUMBUS, OHIO - NOVEMBER 20: Head coach of the Michigan State Spartans, Mel Tucker, reacts during the first half of a game against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium on November 20, 2021 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images)

It sure seems like the more the Big Ten releases times and which networks you can watch Michigan State football, the more I see why Kevin Warren left his job as commissioner.

The Big Ten will now be shown on FOX, FS1 (just because your cable package has FOX doesn't necessarily mean you have FS1), NBC, Peacock (just because your cable package has NBC doesn't necessarily mean you have Peacock), CBS, Paramount Plus (just because your cable package has – well – you get the picture), Big Ten Network, ESPN family of networks, A&E, HGTV, and Music Choice Easy Listening (joking, of course).

Yes, watching my team on one channel I don't get is annoying as heck, to put it politely.

For there to be close to 10 possible channels that any Big Ten team could play on is ludicrous. If they have the audacity to charge what they do for tickets to the game, at least make watching at home easier for the fans.

The first three games on the Spartans’ schedule are on three different networks: FS1, BTN, and Peacock. Two of those channels are not available on DirecTV's basic package (BTN and Peacock). Two of those channels are not available on Xfinity's basic package (FS1, BTN) with Peacock as a free add-on but not Peacock Premium. If you’re confused, welcome to the human race.

Unless you’re spending $250 on cable, you will not be able to watch at least one MSU football game (and a smattering of MSU hoops games) with your television package.

I understand that money drives all of this and why wouldn't conferences and networks do this? People are going to pay for whatever streaming service your favorite team is playing on, then forget about the subscription and, boom, NBC has the money to produce another show about The Kardashians. Shame on us.

It's frustrating that we only get guaranteed football for just 12 weeks and now fewer of those are guaranteed to be on my television set. There are days I don't want to go to a bar or a friend's house to watch a game. There are days I just want to sit on the couch and elevate my heart rate to unhealthy levels, then self-medicate with delicious seltzers or IPAs for 3 and a half hours in the comfort of my own home.

Could you imagine being in public for the Indiana game last year? No thanks.

I can't believe I’m about to say this but, I think I would rather watch Gus Johnson and Joel Klatt announce all our games if it meant I could watch on FOX every week instead of using my parents’ credentials to try to stream MSU and Richmond on my laptop which I connect to my TV with an HDMI cord and that only works about 50 percent of the time.

Just follow the NFL model and watch your local team Big Ten on FOX, ABC, or NBC, and then the best SEC game on CBS. No one wants to watch the ACC and then a Pac-12 game on ABC at 10:30 p.m. It really isn't that hard.