Noteworthy:

Shawn Teed (6-2-1) has found a new opponent for his Cage Fury FC Heavyweight championship fight on Wednesday.

Sunday, CFFC announced on its Instagram page that Carl Seumanutafa (12-11) has signed to fight Teed in CFFC 82 Wednesday night at 2300 Arena in Philadelphia in your main event of the evening.

Seumanutafa replaces Christopher Daukaus (8-3), who withdrew from Wednesday’s event after joining the UFC’s active roster.

Onward to today’s focus:

College football sacked in fall semester?

This was not the position that fans of the sport of college football wanted to be in this late into the summer of 2020, particularly so with under three weeks remaining before the scheduled Week Zero games.

No MACtion this fall:

On Saturday morning, just days after some of America’s top collegiate leagues revealed their collective plans to eschew a non-conference schedule, the Mid-American Conference (MAC,) notable for its midweek football games in November on ESPN’s networks and CBS Sports Network, announced that it would not play any football in the upcoming fall semester.

This move was made in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

When announcing the news, the MAC revealed its plans to hold the 2020 football season in the 2021 spring semester—with an abbreviated, league-only schedule being played.

The decision meant that the conference which gave life to the word MACtion has become the first of the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) leagues to not hold games in the fall semester as had been planned.

FCS sacks fall football:

Previously, multiple Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) conferences revealed that they would not be playing in the fall semester, including the Missouri Valley Football Conference (MVFC), which announced late Friday night that it, too, would be playing games in spring semester.

Could other leagues follow suit?

In light of the MAC’s decision to punt the football season to spring semester, there’s now a growing belief that other FBS leagues will soon do the same.

CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodd ran a column on CBSSports.com Saturday night in which two unnamed athletic directors at prominent FBS programs expressed doubt over a fall football season in 2020—with the Big Ten Conference placing an indefinite ban on padded practices.

ESPN’s schedules can easily be filled:

As avid college football fans (such as myself) know all too well by now, many sports-specific cable channels, such as ESPN, dedicate a majority of its Saturday programming schedule in the fall with marathon coverage of college football, from College GameDay at 9 a.m. ET, to the late night West Coast game (aired under the umbrella title College Football Finale) after the primetime games.

While the loss of a fall semester college football season would undoubtedly be a huge blow to the ESPN networks, there’s one thing that the cabler has going for it: Combat sports contracts.

Saturday night’s all right for fighting:

As Elton John (and later Nickelback) once sang:

“Saturday night’s all right for fighting.”

Since 2019, ESPN has been the television home for the UFC, with a number of the promotion’s UFC Fight Night cards streaming exclusively on ESPN+, adding UFC pay-per-view events to ESPN+ that April, with the subscription-based streaming platform becoming the exclusive United States home for UFC on pay-per-view.

As of Aug. 8, 2020, 32 UFC Fight Nights have been streamed on ESPN+.

There are already UFC Fight Nights and Top Rank Boxing cards scheduled to air and stream on ESPN’s properties over the course of the next few weeks, with the UFC’s schedule currently extending through UFC 255 on Nov. 21.

Top Rank’s bubble at the MGM Grand Conference Center in Las Vegas is due to resume live action on Aug. 22 on ESPN.

While the schedule of upcoming events on www.espn.com/watch still indicates that college football is slated to be aired on Aug. 29, bear in mind that this could change in the coming days.

Bottom line:

If there is no college football this fall, ESPN’s schedule is going to be suddenly filled with holes, but with combat sports as part of its list of properties, expect ESPN to program the UFC and Top Rank on Saturday nights.

It just might end up being a ratings winner for ESPN.

It’s already been a ratings winner for ESPN.

The June 13 UFC Vegas 2 card was cable’s most-watched show of that evening.

Further, on July 15, ESPN’s telecast of the main card of the initial UFC Fight Night on Fight Island, Kattar vs. Ige, ranked No. 16 for the day on cable TV.

That following Saturday night, July 18, ESPN’s telecast of the UFC Fight Night prelims accounted for the No. 4 show on cable, right ahead of an episode of The Pioneer Woman on Food Network.

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My name is Drew Zuhosky and I’m the MMA writer here at Armchair All-Americans. I’ve been an MMA fan for the better part of the last decade and I always make time to watch the fights. Whether it’s a Saturday night pay-per-view, an online exclusive, or a cable broadcast, there’s one certainty: Somewhere in my house, the TV will be on and I’ll be yelling at it. I sincerely hope that you will enjoy my articles on MMA. I pledge to you that my articles will be knockouts, not judges’ decisions. (Everybody hates judges’ decisions, anyway because there’s a chance for the element of human error involved in the outcome.) In any event, please check back to see what I have for you in terms of MMA material. Let’s get going.
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My name is Drew Zuhosky and I’m the MMA writer here at Armchair All-Americans. I’ve been an MMA fan for the better part of the last decade and I always make time to watch the fights. Whether it’s a Saturday night pay-per-view, an online exclusive, or a cable broadcast, there’s one certainty: Somewhere in my house, the TV will be on and I’ll be yelling at it. I sincerely hope that you will enjoy my articles on MMA. I pledge to you that my articles will be knockouts, not judges’ decisions. (Everybody hates judges’ decisions, anyway because there’s a chance for the element of human error involved in the outcome.) In any event, please check back to see what I have for you in terms of MMA material. Let’s get going.
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