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Big Noon Saturday
GenreCollege football telecasts
Presented byGus Johnson
Joel Klatt
Jenny Taft
Opening themeFOX College Football theme (main theme)
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes52 (as of 2022)
Production
Production location(s)Various NCAA stadiums
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time210 minutes or until game ends
Production company(s)Fox Sports
Release
Original networkFox
Picture format720p (HDTV)
Original releaseAugust 31, 2019 (2019-08-31) –
present
Chronology
Related showsFox College Football
Big Noon Kickoff
External links
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Big Noon Saturday is an American weekly presentation of marquee 12 p.m. ET broadcasts of NCAA Division I FBS college football games on Fox. The branding has been used since 2019.

As of 2022, the primary broadcast team for games includes play-by-play announcer Gus Johnson and analyst Joel Klatt, with Jenny Taft as sideline reporter.[1] Two hours before every game, Big Noon Kickoff, often live from the site of the Big Noon Saturday game, provides pre-game coverage.[2]

History[edit]

The branding was first introduced for the 2019 season. A Fox executive stated that the network's highest-rated games were often those with a Noon kickoff, and that the network also wanted to avoid competition from other highly viewed windows such as the SEC on CBS and ABC's Saturday Night Football.[3] The new emphasis on early games proved successful: in the first weeks of the 2019 season, Fox had the highest-rated game in the timeslot on multiple occasions.

In the 2021 season, Big Noon Saturday overtook the SEC on CBS as having the highest average viewership for College Football telecasts. That seasons Michigan/Ohio State game (which saw Michigan end an eight-game losing streak in the rivalry) was the highest-rated regular-season game of the 2021 season, and most-watched regular-season game since the Alabama–LSU game in 2019.[4][3]

Criticism[edit]

Due to the early kickoff times, the package has faced criticism for having undue impacts on teams not based in the Eastern Time Zone (ET), including from University of Oklahoma Athletics Director Joe Castiglione (who felt that a Noon ET kickoff for a 2021 game against Nebraska, marking the 50th anniversary of their 1971 "Game of the Century", would diminish its profile), and Stanford head coach David Shaw (who, in particular, criticized Fox Sports for scheduling noon kickoffs involving visiting Pac-12 teams).[5][6] In August 2021, University of Oklahoma president Joe Harroz cited criticism of Big Noon Saturday when discussing the Sooners' proposed move to the SEC, arguing that the Big 12 conference would be "last in line" in negotiating new media deals, and that "our fans talk about that. It also matters to student-athletes. When those who go before you, in terms of negotiations for 2025 and beyond, if those premiere slots are already taken up, it impacts things in a material way. It translates into disadvantages in recruiting the top talent, disadvantages for our student-athletes and a detriment to the fan experience."[7]

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References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "College Football 2022 Preview: Fox Sports Boosts Home Run Production, Onsite Studio Footprint for Big Noon Kickoff". Sports Video Group. September 1, 2022. Retrieved March 4, 2023.
  2. "Three keys for Urban Meyer, Fox's Big Noon Kickoff". SI.com. Retrieved 2019-09-03.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Crupi, Anthony (2021-12-03). "Fox's Early-Bird College Football Scheme Pays Off as Noon Window Soars". Sportico.com. Retrieved 2021-12-09.
  4. "With help from Urban Meyer, Fox's Big Noon Kickoff aims high". Toledo Blade. Retrieved 2019-11-07.
  5. Mandel, Stewart. "Stanford's David Shaw frustrated with Fox for early kickoff time for season-opener: 'I don't want to hear s---' about ratings". The Athletic. Retrieved 2021-06-05.
  6. "Oklahoma 'bitterly disappointed' with Fox after network puts Sept. 18 game vs. Nebraska at 11 a.m." ca.sports.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2021-06-05.
  7. "Oklahoma president cites Fox's Big Noon Saturday scheduling as a factor in leaving for SEC". Awful Announcing. 2021-08-02. Retrieved 2021-08-02.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 "FOX SPORTS ANNOUNCES 2022 COLLEGE FOOTBALL ON-AIR ROSTER". Fox Sports. 2022-08-19. Retrieved 2023-03-04.
  9. "FOX SPORTS UNVEILS 2021 COLLEGE FOOTBALL ON-AIR ROSTER". Fox Sports. 2021-08-26. Retrieved 2023-03-04.
  10. 10.0 10.1 "FOX announces college football broadcasting teams". 247 Sports. 2020-09-10. Retrieved 2023-03-04.
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 "Fox Sports Announces 2019 College Football Broadcast Teams". The Big Lead. 2019-08-22. Retrieved 2023-03-04.


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