ESPN To Air 75 College Football Games In Movie Theaters, AKA The Last Place On Earth You’d Want To Watch A Game

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ESPN has been making some questionable decisions as of late, and that strange string of choices continues with their most recent announcement involving college football games.

In partnership with the Theater Sports Network, ESPN has reportedly reached an agreement to air 75 college football games in select movie theaters across the country. Regular season ACC football games will be shown in theaters, as well as every game in the college football playoff this year.

Basically, if you don’t want to get ripped off by buying a $200 ticket to actually go to the game, then pay $16 per beer and $20 dollars for a chicken strip basket, you have another option for throwing your money down the drain.

Now, thanks to this deal with ESPN and the Theater Sports Network, you can go to another venue that is overpriced, pay to watch a game that you probably already get with your TV subscription, then still pay out the you-know-what for drinks and snacks.

It would seem weird to watch a sporting event in a movie theater, would it not? Sure it offers up a big screen, and a lot of theaters have pretty comfortable seats nowadays, but could you get rowdy in a place that you are usually told to be quiet in?

Plus, if you are looking to watch a game on a big screen surrounded by other people, you’d probably just go to a sports bar right? That way you’ll at least be in an environment that rivals the game experience, and you can get endless buckets of beer and wings for the same price that you would pay for a large Coke and a box of Sour Patch Kids at the movies.

Who knows, maybe I’m alone on this one and the idea will actually be a massive hit. I love going to the movies, but usually only for blockbuster movies. Not Syracuse versus Pittsburgh on a Friday night…

The news of the partnership has been met with mixed feeling online, with college football fans chiming in with thoughts like:

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