The fall football schedule has been released -- so I know when I'll be watching those 49ers this fall (at least those days I'm not busting my butt on the campaign.)
And as we go into the guts of the presidential season, we can also have a pretty clear idea what we'll be seeing along with football -- lots of Republican political ads. A recent article passed along some interesting insights about which ads will show up on which shows:
Oh heck -- you mean I'll be getting Republican ads with my football?
If the Romney campaign follows the pattern of his past electoral runs (according to The Real Romney about which more when I finish reading it) and the primary season, he can be expected to try to bury Obama in negative TV. He'll have the money; there are plenty of Republican sugar daddies as well as ordinary self-interested fat cats eager for the most cooperative president their money can buy. (For what it is worth, in February, Romney had raised 91 percent of his take in contributions od over $200 while Obama had brought in 47% from the small fry.)
It remains an open question whether all that Republican TV some of us will see, especially in contested states, will make much difference. Maybe football will bring the audience back, but this spring it looks as if broadcast and cable TV audiences were collapsing.