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July 21, 2008 11:29 AM

July questions, take two

Posted by Bob Condotta

Here are more answers (or attempts at answers, anyway), plus a couple of bonus links at the bottom:

Q: I'm curious about televised games. Do the Huskies make more money when they get a game televised nationally vs locally? And, if the ratings are higher for that game, do they get extra money? Or does all that extra cash go to the network. Also, is TV revenue split with the rest of the conference?

A: Yes, national games earn more revenue than local games as they attract a much larger audience, and hence more advertising dollars. A national game can garner, say, $300,000-400,000 or so while local games maybe $100,000 or so. Ratings for an individual game don't result in more money for that game. However, the ratings for one season do affect what the networks can charge for ads in following seasons. So in that respect, higher ratings will pay off in more money eventually. And yes, TV revenue is split. In the Pac-10, the two teams playing share 50 percent of the revenue of a TV game. The other 50 percent is split among the rest of the conference.

Q: Who has not qualified in this class? Do they still have a chance to make it in ? Most urgent, what is up with Craig Noble? What is an exit exam? He did pass the ACT or SAT right?

A: As far as I know, the only three players not yet in the bridge program are Noble, Dominique Blackman and Demitrius Bronson. All have indicated they have a chance to make it in. So that I don't have to repeat myself, I will link to previous posts detailing each of their situations --- Bronson, Blackman and Noble. Noble has apparently met all requirements other than passing the California High School Exit Exam. That is something like the WASL here and is necessary for a diploma, which is needed for entry to UW. Sounds as if it could be cleared up in August sometime. Obviously, the sooner the better for a player the Huskies have thought could contribute immediately this year on the D-line.

Q: What freshman do you think will make an impact his year? Who will be the most effective tight end?

A: The most obvious frosh to make an impact this year is WR/RB Chris Polk, who participated in spring ball and showed enough to indicate he will get significant time this year. As for others, a lot of it depends on need. UW obviously has some needs on the defensive front, so any of Alameda Ta'amu, Noble, Everrette Thompson and Senio Kelemete could see time this year. With the lack of experienced depth at TE, Kavario Middleton has a huge change to earn time this year, and the lack of experienced depth at RB and WR means a number of those players could also see time. UW coaches indicated on signing day that DB Adam Long would likely see time as a special teams player, if nothing else. But other than a guy like Polk who has already proven a lot to coaches, nothing is really set in stone until practices start and coaches get a look at the players up close. As for the TE spot, Michael Gottlieb is a fifth-year senior with 12 career starts and while I know there is a lot of excitement over Middleton, I would still expect that Gottlieb will be the starter when the season begins and likely to be the most effective TE. But should production falter, the new guys will undoubtedly get their chances there.

Q: I was wondering about the conditioning of the team from a numbers perspective. A lot of people have expressed their view that the Huskies look bigger and stronger than they did in past years but I was wondering how much stronger. Is there a trend for example in our linemen being able to lift and squat more than they were before and how have certain players progressed, stayed the same, or regressed in important areas?

A: That's a good question that unfortunately is hard to answer as UW does not make those kinds of numbers public. Some numbers do sometimes get out, but without having the numbers for every player, every year, it's hard to make really accurate comparisons. The eye test, however, seems to indicate that the conditioning has improved the last few years, and the coaches say it has, as well. There is no doubt that work habits weren't the greatest during the upheaval and transition from Neuheisel to Willingham, and while you all can argue the results on the field, there is no question that Willingham has brought a stability that has led to an improvement in the off-season conditioning programs. But I always caution that weight numbers aren't everything --- if they were, Arnold Schwarzenegger would have been an All-American.


--- Vince Grippi at the Spokesman-Review unearthed the startling news that Cougar fans don't think UW will do well this year. Who'd a thunk it?

--- Ted Miller, who is blogging as fast as the price of gasoline rises, today rates the Pac-10 kickers and has UW's Ryan Perkins sixth. I'm sure Ted is as aware as the rest of us that that's a job that figures to have stiff competition this fall and that it wouldn't be a big surprise if Erik Folk won it. He appeared to have the stronger leg in the spring but didn't yet have consistent accuracy.

All for now.

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