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Houston Football Fans Furious With ESPN's Plan For Tonight's Game

A closeup of a University of Houston football helmet.

ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 31: A Houston Cougars helmet is surrounded by confetti after the Cougars defeated the Florida State Seminoles 38-24 to win the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl at the Georgia Dome on December 31, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

ESPN plans to do cut-ins to all of their national broadcasts tonight whenever New York Yankees star Aaron Judge has an at-bat while he pursues the American League home run record, and Houston football fans are fuming about it.

Houston hosts AAC rival Tulane tonight in their first and potentially only prime-time home game on ESPN's flagship TV channel. For fans of the Cougars - or either team really - having their game interrupted by a game that's basically meaningless to them is proving frustrating.

Fans are pointing out that Judge's record-chasing home run is of no relevance to anyone outside of the New York metro area. Others are saying that it's not even that big of a deal as Barry Bonds' mark of 73 is the "real record."

There is plenty of vitriol being hurdled at ESPN now. And those two reasons listed as just a few of the more popular ones:

The fans all make a pretty good point. Outside of very specific media markets, Aaron Judge being on the brink of breaking Roger Maris' AL home runs record is a rather niche accomplishment - and it isn't even in a sport that fans in most media markets love the most.

Maybe if it were someone on the Houston Astros or even the Texas Rangers breaking a similar record it would make more sense since those baseball teams might have comparable fan bases where the Houston Cougars play. But not for this game.

If it's any consolation to Cougars fans, they're probably not the only ones who will be affected by this ESPN decision. Several college football games will be interrupted in a similar fashion until Judge finally gets that 62nd home run of the season. 

Do Houston football fans have a right to be so outraged?