Well, I guess I should actually thank our friends at the BTN for this one. By sheduling today's game for the ridiculously early tip of 5:30, they have pretty much eliminated any chance of me watching this game. I mean why would I want to watch a game in which Iowa actually has a decent chance to get a road win. I understood the afternoon game on NYE, lots of people have the day off or are working half days. But, 5:30 on a Wednesday in February, that is just stupid. I could only imagine if this game was in Carver, there would be approximately 5 people.
Sure these are two teams in "rebuilding" phases (though I think Indiana is more likely just riding out the year, waiting to dump most of their current roster) and few people outside of the respective states give a crap about this game. So, why not just start the game at 7:00 and show it only in Iowa and Indiana. They clearly have the capability to do regional telecasts as shown in football. By starting it at that time, not only would the home stater's be more likely to watch, if you lived outside the region broadcasting the game, you would at least have an opportunity to go out and watch the game. (For the record, I live in Chicago and would fall into the boat.) But with this start time pretty much every one is screwed.