5 Things Buckeye fans can do to fight Media bias

ManBearPig's picture
November 17, 2013 at 3:20p

Media bias against Ohio State is at its peak. The recently released AP rank in which Baylor jumped OSU is another example. I am tired of hearing rants from Buckeye fans about how the media is unfair and all other fans/media are crazy. As as Blog owner myself, I understand and agree that its all about Website Clicks, which translates to more ad revenue. Add to it the success of the BTN. ESPN, who has a 15-year deal with SEC, is trying very hard to make B1G teams irrelevant and discredit their games. So here in this post, I suggest that we stand united and do the following to fight the media.

Here is what I think we could do moving forward.

1. Stop watching ESPN - This is hard as many good games are on ESPN network. And we are small dogs barking at a mountain that is ESPN/Disney. But ESPN is catering to its audience. They are doing what brings them money. Buckeye fans, due to their loyalty, keep fighting and arguing them which only brings more money for them and the cycle continues. So let us ignore them.

2. Stop Reading ESPN articles - There are good blogs, including our own 11W. Its all we need to find out any OSU news. So let us stop giving ESPN (other Media articles that is biased) the clicks that bring them the money. They will be forced to try something different. Again if you think we are too small to cause a dent, then guess what, we are too small to argue against them and get our point across.

3. Recommend Good Unbiased Articles even if they are against OSU - If you find any good unbiased articles, share it with every buckeye fan you know. Let us give those articles the clicks they deserve. More money through such articles means more similar/unbiased posts. Again, we should know when to stop as if pro-OSU content brings more money the Media would take it to the other extreme to make money. So let us not loose sight on the "unbiased" part.

4. Stop commenting on biased Posts/Articles - Every anti OSU article has tons of comments/arguments. OSU's fanbase, in fact the B1G's fanbase, is huge. So any anti-B1G news brings a lot of arguments from both sides. The longer a visitor stays on a website the more money it makes. So let us stop commenting on biased articles. Again, trying to get your point across to irrational fans is like barking at a mountain. If there is no one to argue those fans would stop commenting too and loser here becomes the media. This applies to replying to anti-OSU tweets too. If someone continues to tweet biased statements then stop following him/her.

5. Never stop cheering for the Buckeyes - No matter what the media says, these are our guys. Let us enjoy the run and try to have fun along the way. If we get into the NCG...great! If not, let us cheer for the Buckeyes to go to the Rose Bowl and beat the crap out of the Pac 12 Champ.

Again, it is all about the money. So let us try to stop feeding into the money stream. If you have other great ideas, please so share with everybody.


cjmgobucks's picture

Done, done, done, done, and done. GO BUCKS!!

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Hovenaut's picture

Let's share with the class.
I like what you've done here.


We have filled the Braxton Miller position.

3cent's picture

i actually wish that the B1G would drop ESPN/ABC and have the games broadcast on B1G network and another cable/broadcast channel. Like you said, B1G teams have huge fanbases and I would love to see ESPN/ABC see how much they miss this terrible conference.

Goalscorer9's picture

that'd be WONDERFUL for recruiting outside the B1G footprint 

3cent's picture

so you think B1G recruiting would suffer if the noon & 330 games were on a combination of B1G network, the fox sports cable channel and the fox broadcast channel, sprinkle in a few 800 pm games on the aforementioned broadcast channel. To me it is the same exposure now, if not more. The B1G would have its own dedicated broadcast channel similar to the SEC with CBS.

Goalscorer9's picture

I don't have the numbers, so I can't say for sure, but if I had to guess....yes, I think they would suffer by quite a large margin.

Goalscorer9's picture

Again, the key words being "outside the B1G footprint".  Kids in florida don't get the big ten network

brylee's picture

I was at a family dinner in Charlotte, NC last year, and they had BTN, much to my surprise.

3cent's picture

But I also said fox which everyone gets.

45has2's picture

I live in Florida and I get BTN.

"I don't like nice people. I like tough, honest people." -W.W. Hayes

oldbuckeyedave's picture

I would also remind everyone that fox sports is also an active big ten and osu basher and they employ that idiot clay travis. also even tho the big ten network is run by fox sports, the big ten network goes out of their way to cast doubt on osu.


NashBuckeye's picture

Not sure I can stop watching ESPN but I will stop going to their website and will recommend other articles I see.
I only post on this website and just started at that. Would like everyone's opinion on whether it is kosher to recommend other non-ESPN "free" sites. I only know a few but if others started posting good sites it would be easier to avoid Espin's site.

Chief B1G Dump's picture

I share the sentiment and posted a very similar blog post in October:


ManBearPig's picture

My first upvote ever. Just saw your post. Go Bucks!

MJB15's picture

Just deleted the GameCenter app off my phone, Baby steps. It's unfortunate they have rights to basically all the bowl games and the only network to play CBB games throughout the week. Wish FOX sports wasn't so regionally strong (if that's how I should put it.) I also agree with the posting on anti-buckeye threads/articles. 

BuckeyeChief's picture

I try to stay away from any ESPN college football related stuff; I still go to there other stuff, but try really hard to stay away from NCAAF.

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cplunk's picture

I stopped watching ESPN, except for live broadcasts, a long time ago.
I also never watch any pregame, halftime, or post game shows.
I only watch live action and am much happier for it.

Buckeyeneer's picture

He may be 50% man, 50% bear, and 50% pig, . . . But he's 100% right.

"Because the rules won't let you go for three." - Woody Hayes

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Johnny_Buck71's picture

I never watch the pre-game, halftime and post-game analysis on the "ESPN family of networks." I definitely do not have audio on for the in-game, particularly the non-primetime games. I no longer go the ESPN B1G blog. In any event, Im watching the game no matter where its televised. They have me by the testicles there. I'll abide by the rest of the suggestions. 

A nickel ain't worth a dime anymore. - Yogi Berra

buckeyedude's picture

I never go to an ESPN website UNLESS there is a link to it on 11W.
I get all the information I need concerning the Buckeyes from 11W. If that doesn't satiate my Buckeye appetite, I might go to BTN.com once in a while. And I only watch ESPN if there is a game that has ramifications to OSU.



RedStorm45's picture

That's great, but unless you get all 5,000,000 (more?) OSU fans to follow it won't matter.  Trying to "fight" media bias is futile.  Their minds are already made up.  Who cares?

CowCat's picture

I agree with most everything, except #4.
If the media / social snowball is creating an anti-TOSU snowball, someone needs to step up and tell the truth.  Maybe this just one educated TOSU fan who posts the facts?
The other thing we can utilize is the power of numbers.  We have one of the largest fanbases in the entire world. We need to flex that muscle in some way. Alabama, Baylor, Florida State, Stanford cannot compare with Buckeye Nation.  No contest.
Maybe Comcast / Direct TV is a place to start.  ESPN won't listen.

"We get paid to score touchdowns, not kick field goals"
-- Urban Meyer

Colorado Buckeye's picture

Was surprised to see Michigan State get some love on College Football Daily today from Dari Nowkhah who actually has them listed as his 5th best team (Bama, FSU, OSU, Baylor, MSU). Glad to see at least not everyone over there is brainwashed against the B1G...

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Toilrt Paper's picture

Don't be an ostrich. 

Buckidelphia's picture

Just don't feed their fire..

brandonbauer87's picture

Tuning out ESPN only hurts yourself unless you're a Nielsen pollster. ESPN has no clue if I watch Fox instead. 

ChazBuckeye's picture

I only watch ESPIN when the B1G is playing.  I could really care less what is said on that station besides the Baylor/OSU game last week online.  When Robert Smith is chiming in, then you know it's biased;-)

Some people think we’re the hunted.I don’t feel that way at all.We’re the hunter.Everybody wants an angry football team.Everybody wants a team on edge and a hungry team.If you’re a hunter,that usually equates to being hungry.

45has2's picture

There is so much information on Ohio State Football out there without going to the 4 letter network. There are several blogs, Ohio newspaper sites and even out of state paper sites. I've read several articles on The Bucks on the Washington Post's site for crying out loud. We're the largest fan base in the country, let's flex our muscle. 

"I don't like nice people. I like tough, honest people." -W.W. Hayes

LDKirkpatrick's picture

In closing, believe in Urban and the Buckeyes. In the end the champion will stand tall! Go Bucks!