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Why, oh, why do people opine for the NBA on NBC theme? It was a blatant rip-off of the NBA on CBS theme long before it. The best NBA game coverage was back in the 1980s on CBS with Stockton and Hubie (long before Stockton became the shell of himself that he is now).
I'm rooting for the "others", too, and think NBCSN is in the best position right now, not only with the NHL but with Premier League. The next generation (15-34) is high on watching it. This will benefit that network in the long run, as ESPN got the ball rolling with college hoops, and, to a lesser extent, college football. Remember, ESPN was almost 8 years old when they finally telecast their first NFL game, MLB didn't come until 3 years later (1990).
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/details-new-nba-tv-contracts-espn-turner.html
But "Nation's Business Today" lived on in early AM drive until the late 1980's, so 24/7 on air, but not 24/7 sports.....
6 months ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/tbt-espn-goes-247-for-the-first-time.html
To be completely fair, CBS/Turner, as compared to ESPN's promoting of their BCS Championship multi-casts, did a horrible job promoting today's broadcasts. Having the Final Four move to cable at the same time, the same day, on TBS just confused things even further. Imagine how many people turned on CBS tonight at 6pm expecting the Final Four they've watched since 1982 only to find their local news or an infomercial.
Casual fans hardly know the difference between TBS, TNT, or TruTV when it comes to the Tournament, and the NCAA does no favors with having the same court, the same look at every tourney site (even MSG!!!). They popped on CBS, didn't see the game, hit TNT, and had no clue.
This amount of tweeting doesn't surprise me at all. I can't stand ESPN, but they know how to promote. CBS/Turner needs to learn how.
8 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/real-tweets-from-real-people-biased-teamcasts.html
@stuie299 Wholeheartedly agree. A Villanova/Creighton, or even Georgetown/Creighton final does better ratings-wise (TV markets, more nationally known legend Big East names). FS1 will take time to build the rest of the sked. Adding Mike Francesca's show, IMO, is not a good decision. But it took ESPN 30 years to truly build a 24-hour schedule. Now, FS1 and the rest don't have the luxury of time, so they need to find things and quickly. There has to be new talent out there they could go for rather than any NYC retread, and it couldn't cost but so much to build a radio studio and throw a few cameras in it. For the record, I can't stand ATH, and PTI is worn because I can't turn on an ESPN show and not see Wilbon on it. Way overexposed.
9 months, 1 week ago on Fox Sports 1 set a low bar with first year of Big East basketball
I'm rooting for Fox Sports 1 (and NBCSN and even CBS Sports Network though they're not doing much) because I want to at least see the chipping away of the egotistical behemoth that is now ESPN begin in my lifetime (I'm almost 47). I realize it'll take decades, but ESPN only gets my attention if there's a specific game I want to see, or some of their 30 For 30 events. But last night's "Requiem For The Big East" was both a joy to watch (the first seven years of the league when I was in high school/college) and an abomination. Just because the league isn't on your channel doesn't mean it's dead. That's the ego of ESPN. They have WAY too much power over college sports, period. I thought FS1 did a fine job covering the Big East Tourney final which I readily watched over Baylor/Iowa State (yawn!). And I've known about their coverage all season. It used to be everything was on ESPN (or a national game on CBS) when it came to the power conferences and those like Atlantic 10, etc.
Now sports fans have to search a little. Big deal! Competition is GOOD for sports TV. Long live the competition!
@irishbearaz @hanoversports Actually, this is a very loose interpretation of the rule. A certain percentage of programs must air each quarter, and if the schedule is changed too often a station can be penalized. Pre-emptions are almost always to the detriment of the station's quarterly report (i.e.--there'd better be a very good reason, and VCU/Michigan basketball in San Diego ain't one of them). Yes, the stations decide which E/I shows they will pick up and air and at what "regular" airtimes the station assigns them weekly, but that has nothing to do with the FCC edicts on how they are shown. If this station aired Liberty's Kids one week at 7am, the next week at noon, the following week on Sunday instead of Saturday, etc, etc, they'd have some issues. I'm not saying I agree with the rules, I'm just saying they exist, and, for the stations I programmed for, it was more than just 3 hours a week.
1 year, 9 months ago on CBS San Diego Affiliate preempts the NCAA Tournament for .... Cartoons | March | 2013
The "cartoons" are actually required children's programming that the FCC mandates over-the-air broadcast stations air weekly. There are minimum hour requirements and strict regulations regarding pre-empting and moving them. I used to work in TV scheduling and know the headaches firsthand. So, actually, this doesn't completely surprise me, since San Diego State wasn't playing, and, let's face it, San Diego isn't exactly the hotbed of college basketball.
Oh, please. Simms was off his game, but I'll take Phil any day over Troy "heckuva" Aikman at Fox. Can't wait for his inane analysis during the Super Snow Bowl.....
1 year, 10 months ago on Top potential candidates to replace Phil Simms at Super Bowl L | February | 2013