As our sports business reporter Tim Lemke mentioned earlier on his blog, the Army-Navy game will be on CBS for the next 10 years.
That’s no surprise, since I don’t think I can remember the last time it was on another network.
The much bigger issue is the game itself will be pushed back a week. That takes it off the same date as the ACC, Big 12 and SEC title games, as well as a handful of games the Big East and Pac-10 see fit to push to the final weekend of the season.
So that will put Army-Navy back in a true national spotlight —- or at least not fighting for attention with whatever title game the ACC produces in a given year.
It also has an interesting effect on Navy’s bowl plans. The Midshipmen have played in a pre-Christmas bowl in two of the last three years (and will again this season if they win two more games). In some years —- like when Army-Navy lands on the 13th or 14th of December —- that could lead to a tight squeeze heading into a bowl.
No doubt, Navy will be cognizant of that when it goes searching for its annual tie-ins. Still, the shift does create a situation that might require some thinking as to whether a pre-Christmas bowl would be such a great idea in certain years.
—- Patrick Stevens