No Public Broadcast of the Rose Bowl!

My Rose Bowl Experience

January 1, 2020

I am 71 years old. I have watched Rose Bowl games with family, Grandfather, Father, Brother, Sons & now Grandsons for as long as I remember. I especially enjoyed those that “our Team, (Wisconsin) was playing in the game. This year was a very frustrating experience. Do to financial circumstances that I won’t go into, Cable TV is no longer in our budget.

While making that decision, I had no thought of the possibility of not being able to watch the Rose Bowl! The game was a production of our Publicly owned University System. We, the citizens have made this possible in a number of ways. For decades all of the citizens of Wisconsin enjoyed the football, the Band, indeed the “expected” of the Rose Bowl. Certainly no one would ever disenfranchise some of us.

This year I, (and many like me) were indeed disenfranchised! How and why I can only presume to know. I think it was the desire for the Big Bucks that ESPN was dangling in front of the UW System, and the Politicians. So.. ESPN was awarded an exclusive contract for the game. I’m sure MANY State and Local Broadcasters would have been willing to “air” the game as they have for decades.

This may be considered a complaint, but it truly is not. It is my goal to simply remind those people involved in the decision to disenfranchise us that WE have been at least a fairly large part of the Badger Fan Base that has supported them for decades. It may have been an easy, quick and lucrative decision for you, but it’s affect is devastating to many of us. To be honest, I suspect that transferring “the airing” from the Public Domain to (only those who can afford it) is unethical if not illegal. It seems to me that the WHOLE of the public deserves to share in the blessings of that which they helped create. I hope those in places of authority on this RECONSIDER their decision.

Bob Nejedlo,

Badger Fan from Green Bay

Author: livinginthemastersshadow

Christian, Conservative, Husband, Father, Grandfather, Retired Engineer, Firefighter, Paramedic, Elder in the Church, Hunter, Fisherman and Fisher of men

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