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@calithirteen I think it means that they're the same distance as the front row seats in the 200's.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on MSG Bridges Ready for Use
@CUbsfan@soxfan315That's because Fox purchased rights to the entire tournament for Fox Soccer Channel. If ESPN wanted the USA games, they would have had to buy the entire tournament from CONCACAF.
ESPN doesn't get a lot of value from airing T&T v. El Salvador, while that match made for great content for FSC.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Behind the scenes at USA-Mexico: The pinnacle of ESPN's soccer revolution
@kkolchack My cable sub includes hundreds of channels I never watch, all so I can have access to higher tier sports channels.
It's a two-way street: If I wasn't a live sports addict, I would've cut the cord a long time ago. I deal with blowing past Style Channel and Hallmark Channel in the program guide so I can have access to NHL Network.
9 months, 3 weeks ago on CSN Houston Illustrate Fragile Nature Of Growing Sports Regional Bubble
Dave, while I agree with the overall sentiment of the article, it fails to explain why CSN Houston was a bad idea. Although there is certainly a sports TV money bubble (and regional/ specialty networks are the worst offenders), CSN Houston doesn't have the worthwhile TV inventory to justify carriage agreements.
MLB designates larger local TV areas than the other major leagues, to a point where the Rangers and Astros have the same designated "local" market throughout Texas and Louisiana (along with parts of Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Arkansas). However, the designated local markets for MLS and NBA teams are much smaller.
Fox Sports Southwest gets justifiably higher carriage fees in markets like DFW, San Antonio, OKC, and New Orleans because it also carries other programming in those areas. At this time, CSN Houston can only broadcast Astros games (along with occasional lower-tier Conference USA coverage) outside of Houston. On the other end, every Rangers game broadcasts throughout the region, combined with local feeds that air the Spurs, Pelicans, Mavericks, Thunder, Stars, and Big 12 programming. Jim Crane expects to receive the same carriage fees generated by a channel with a higher quality replacement, the Rangers, and other programming. It's just not going to happen.
One minor quibble as well: Technically, BBVA Compass Stadium (home of the Dynamo) was built with private money. Land and infrastructure improvements were provided through combined funding from the city and county. The Dynamo do not own the land, and while team owner AEG paid all construction costs, they turned over ownership of the stadium to the Sports Authority as well.
@wilsmith There's a mob of very angry Pittsburgh-ians... um Pittsburghions... Pittsburghers outside the station!
12 months ago on Mistake city: Root sports with a massive error