News From Terre Haute, Indiana


March 11, 2013

TODD GOLDEN: Disrespect shown to MVC by CBS

TERRE HAUTE — I felt sick when I woke up on Sunday.

I was in St. Louis — Indiana State’s advancement to Saturday’s Missouri Valley Conference Tournament semifinals assured that my hotel stay would last through Sunday.

My usual M.O. when I’m at Arch Madness until Sunday is to just go ahead and cover the MVC championship game whether ISU is participating or not.

But a minor stomach bug had increasingly got worse during my stay. I felt queasy when I woke up and decided it would be better to drive home and rest up. I figured I would get home in time to watch the last part of the game.

I got home at about 4 p.m. and turned the game on.

Suddenly, I felt a lot sicker.

Indiana and Michigan were on my screen preparing to tipoff for their Big Ten regular season finale. This was despite the fact there was still four minutes left in the MVC title game, one that ultimately went down to the wire before Creighton staved off a furious Wichita State rally for a 68-65 victory.

It wasn’t just Terre Haute. The MVC championship game was also preempted in Evansville and Peoria, Ill. Including Terre Haute, the three TV markets represent four (ISU, Evansville, Illinois State and Bradley) of the MVC’s 10 schools.

The finale was not preempted everywhere. MVC markets west of the Mississippi River — including Big Ten territory markets in Iowa — saw the MVC Tournament championship game in its entirety. Markets outside of the Midwest did as well.

It’s my understanding that no warning or explanation was given to viewers that the game would be switched.

Needless to say, Arch Madness took on a whole new meaning for me.

I vented my spleen (I’m a viewer too after all) the 21st Century way — on Twitter. I quickly heard from WTHI sports director Rick Semmler and Peoria’s CBS affiliate — WMBD — that the call to switch away from Arch Madness was made at the network level, not at the local level.

WTHI general manager Todd Weber confirmed as much when he contacted me on Sunday evening.

“CBS New York switched to the game. If it had been Indiana State in the game, it would have been a constant [network term for carrying a game from start to finish], but the Indiana-Michigan is the national game, and they switched to it,” Weber said.

Why weren’t the MVC’s CBS affiliates given the chance to make the call themselves?

“They’re CBS and that’s what they do,” said Weber, who wasn’t sure why the game was carried in its entirety in other CBS MVC markets.

In a later statement, MVC commissioner Doug Elgin called the CBS decision “incredibly disappointing” and “disrespectful.”

The Arch Madness snub by CBS violated a time-honored principle.

In-progress games should never, ever be preempted. I understand it was a Big Ten game in a Big Ten region. It was also a Missouri Valley Conference game in a MVC region. Respect should have been shown to the MVC markets that overlap both conferences. At the very least, affiliates should have been given a choice.

“It’s a no-win situation, even if ISU was playing [in the MVC championship game], 80 percent of our viewers would’ve been upset. It’s the same when we get a Colts-Bears conflict,” Weber said.

It’s frustrating to have to join a game in progress. We’ve all been there. I get it that IU fans who don’t follow the Valley just wanted to get on with it and get to their own game.

But that frustration can be multiplied 100-fold to be switched away from an in-progress game four minutes away from what turned out to be a gripping conclusion. There are plenty of ISU/MVC fans in this market who would have loved to have seen it.

The first four minutes of the IU-Michigan game, or any game, do not trump — in any way, shape or form — the last four minutes of a conference championship game.

It’s why the “Heidi Game” is famous. In 1968, NBC broke away from a tense AFL game to show the movie “Heidi.” Complaints to NBC knocked out their switchboard. It’s why networks rarely switch from an in-progress game, regardless of home market or not.

The MVC and CBS need to get this remedied. Arch Madness was preempted in some (non-MVC) markets last year as well.

The allure of having the conference championship game on network TV is understandable. It’s a plum for the MVC. But that plum rots if fans from four of the league’s 10 schools can’t watch the championship game to its conclusion.

What’s the point of being visible if you can’t be seen?

Seems the sensible solution is to start the MVC title game a half-hour early. But would that fit into a CBS time slot? If it doesn’t, then perhaps the MVC is better served on ESPN — which is still the rights-holder for the title game. CBS buys the rights to the game from ESPN.

As far as Terre Haute is concerned, Indiana State and the Missouri Valley Conference have a home here. No matter how many IU fans there are in the market, ISU fans deserve to see their conference tournament championship game to its conclusion if it’s supposed to be broadcast as such.

It was a slap in the face. Shame on CBS.

Todd Golden is sports editor of the Tribune-Star. He can be reached at 812-231-4272 or todd.golden@trib Please follow him on Twitter @TribStarTodd.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Tom Lindley column mug.jpg

CNHI News Service

Local Interest

Tribune-Star/Bob PoynterLeader: Tom Jones is leading going into Sunday's final round of the Men's City Championship at Hulman Links on Sunday.

High School
  • ISU football picked last in MVFC

    Indiana State’s football team found itself in familiar, if depressing, territory when the Missouri Valley Football Conference preseason poll was released on Tuesday.

    July 29, 2014

  • Degano2.jpg Bullpen mates: Three relievers coming on strong down stretch for Rex

    The Terre Haute Rex pitching staff ranks fifth among the 12 teams in the Prospect League in earned-run average this season and first in the league with only four home runs allowed all summer. But the Rex pitchers might be the best in the league the past two weeks as the team has had two shutouts and two games with one run allowed in the past week.

    July 29, 2014 2 Photos

  • Prettyman wants ISU to be prepared for potential NCAA changes

    Against a rising tide of media, public and institutional sentiment that would suggest otherwise, Indiana State Director of Athletics Ron Prettyman believes that the current model of college athletics still works.

    July 26, 2014

  • ISU basketball trio earn national academic honors

    A trio of Indiana State basketball student-athletes have been named to the 2013-14 National Association of Basketball Coaches Honors Court as announced by the national organization. Honored from Indiana State were Lucas Eitel, Justin Gant and Jake Kitchell.

    July 23, 2014

  • Metro roundup: Post 346 rallies past Rockville

    Wayne Newton Post 346 scored a run in the sixth and two in the seventh to get past Rockville 6-3 in an American Legion baseball regional at Terre Haute North on Wednesday.

    July 23, 2014

Sports Columns
Pro Sports
Colts Camp Football_Tayl.jpg

Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano, right, laughs with running back Chris Rainey during an NFL football training camp in Anderson, Ind., Saturday, July 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Terre Haute Rex

Tribune-Star/Joseph C. Garza Safe!: Tony Rosselli beats the tag at second base by a West Virginia opponent during the Rex' game against the Miners on Tuesday at Warn Field.

Colts Camp Football_Tayl.jpg

Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano, right, laughs with running back Chris Rainey during an NFL football training camp in Anderson, Ind., Saturday, July 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Auto Racing
SPT071614sprints clauson.jpg

Tribune-Star/Jim Avelis Waiting: Bryan Clauson sits in his sprint car, waiting his turn to qualify at the Terre Haute Action Track for the Don Smith Classic.

AP Auto Racing News
Latest News Poll
AP Video
Two Women Narrowly Avoid Being Hit by Train Raw: Japanese Soldiers Storm Beach in Exercises Raw: Otters Enjoy Water Slides at Japan Zoo Raw: Thousands Flocking to German Crop Circle Crayola Announces Family Attraction in Orlando In Virginia, the Rise of a New Space Coast Broken Water Main Floods UCLA Rodents Rampant in Gardens Around Louvre Girl Struck by Plane on Florida Beach Dies Raw: Weapons Fire Hits UN School in Gaza Raw: Rocket Launches Into Space With Cargo Ship Raw: 2 Shells Hit Fuel Tank at Gaza Power Plant Kerry: Not Worried About Israeli Criticism Raw: Plane Lands on New York Highway Raw: Obama Eats Ribs in Kansas City New Sanctions on Key Sectors of Russian Economy Boater Rescued From Edge of Kentucky Dam Harding Love Letters Now Open to Public Raw: Massive Explosions From Airstrikes in Gaza Six PA Cops Indicted for Robbing Drug Dealers
NDN Video
Heartwarming 'Batkid Begins' Documentary is Tear-Jerker Orlando Bloom 'Takes a Swing' at Justin Bieber In Ibiza Pitch Invading Morons Cause Chaos - @TheBuzzeronFOX Sadie Doesn't Want Her Brother to Grow Up "Maxim" Hotness! See Jessica Alba's Sizzling Spread Two women barely avoid being hit by train Broken Water Main Floods UCLA Orlando Bloom and Justin Bieber Reportedly Came To Blows In Ibiza Meet the Man Behind Dumb Starbucks Chris Pratt Adorably Surprises Kids at a 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Screening NOW TRENDING: Peyton Manning dancing at practice "The Bachelorette" Makes Her Decision Thieves pick the wrong gas station to rob Golden Sisters on '50 Shades' trailer: 'Look At That Chest!' Staten Island Man's Emotional Dunk Over NYPD Car - @TheBuzzeronFOX GMA: Dog passes out from excitment to see owner Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted 'Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' Sneak Peek Florida Keys Webcam Captures Turtles Hatching Morgan Freeman Sucks Down Helium on 'Tonight Show'

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
  • -


    March 12, 2010

Real Estate News