Multiple Michigan State leaders are not happy that television has caused the Spartans’ game vs. Michigan to be played in primetime.
In comments during a Spartans pregame show Saturday on WVFN 730-AM and documented by the Detroit Free Press, Michigan State trustee George Perles called the arrangement a “pain in the neck” and president Lou Anna K. Simon said “it’s not our tradition.”
“We all understand who’s running the show,” Perles said. “It’s TV.”
Michigan State’s matchup Saturday with Michigan, televised by ABC, is the first time in the 119-year history of the rivalry that the game has been played at night. Neither school is happy with the move.
Per the Free Press, Simon said that school presidents and athletic directors no longer control game times under the Big Ten’s new television contract, with the TV networks now in control. She also noted that Spartans fans now sometimes have to wait as few as six days in advance before they know when their team will play.
You can read our story on how the Big Ten’s new television contract works here.
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