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#pounditFriday, October 15, 2021

Fans freaked out over Oklahoma-Army game being on pay-per-view

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As Oklahoma and Army were tied at 21 through three quarters, fans began scrambling to try and watch the upset unfold. Unfortunately, they quickly learned that watching the game would be a lot tougher than they realized.

The game was being televised on pay-per-view for $54.99 on SoonerSports.tv and on pay-per-view through different cable and satellite providers. Fans are used to paying money for major MMA and boxing events on pay-per-view, but most college football games are available through cable or satellite TV — either on broadcast or premium channels. Having to pay so much to watch one football game was not an investment non-die-hard Oklahoma fans were willing to make.

How did this end up happening? The Big 12’s contract allows for schools to choose how they want to distribute one game per season. Oklahoma has a contract with FOX to air the game, and the company usually does so on one of its regional channels. However, they likely realized that they could make more money by putting the game on pay-per-view because there are enough dedicated Oklahoma fans who will pay for it.

They probably just didn’t bank on the game being so close that fans around the country would want to tune in.

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