The promise of at least one semifinal game on Jan. 1 is a good start to reversing that trend. Staging the other on New Year’s Eve as part of a wall-to-wall, 36-hour college football block party over two days on which the vast majority of Americans are not working has the potential to be a master stroke. Initially, Dec. 31 looks like a tough sell for traditionalists; it’s never been a traditional date for any of the big, nationally relevant bowls, and attentions are obviously elsewhere.
Someone help me out here, are the vast majority of Americans off on both December 31st and January 1st? I think it’s true that most are off on January 1st, but I would venture to guess the only times they are off on the 31st is when it falls on a Saturday or Sunday, and maybe some Fridays or Mondays. I guess that is 4 days out of 7, so essentially four years out of seven, but even still, that’s still barely 50% and even then not everyone is off.
I think the better play would have been to have both semi-final games on New Year’s Day mixed in with a couple of the other big bowl games and move some of the lesser New Year’s Day games to New Year’s Eve.
(via Maize n Brew)