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Attendance at NCAA Football Games Tops 50 Million for First Time

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NFL News (04/09/14) Fischer, Bryan

Attendance at National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) football games in the 2013 season surpassed 50 million for the first time, according to figures from the National Football Foundation. notes that returning Football Bowl Subdivision schools posted a 1 percent increase in attendance to lead the season. The Southeastern Conference (SEC), Big Ten, Atlantic Coast Conference, and Pac-12 set attendance records in 2013, with the SEC leading in most categories. The high popularity of college football is apparent in TV viewership numbers, which increased for every major network college-football package. Overall, more than 216 million tuned in to see a regular season game, and the five Bowl Championship Series (BCS) games averaged a 9 percent boost in viewership. BCS games also posted a 3.2 increase in attendance from the previous season. Moreover, about 2 percent of all American adults consider themselves an NCAA football fan, and experts say that figure will likely surge again after the season thanks to the move to a college football playoff this year

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