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Great idea, will never happen. The corrupt NCAA thinks its bread is buttered with the big brand names, and Duke had to win that game, come Hell or high water. That's OK, college sports isn't going to be around much longer anyway.

1 week, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://bloguin.com/thestudentsection/basketball/college-basketball-replay-the-problems-wont-go-away-until-one-basic-reform-is-made.html

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Ugh, more data cherry picking..."highest average viewership since 1993"? But, there 60 million more people in the US since 1993. Viewership is way down, by percentages, aka ratings. In those terms, this year is in parity with 1999 instead, after a big drop in ratings throughout the 1990's. The slight bumps in the ratings in the last couple of years is due to the ratings decimation that occurred during the "Butler years". Also, the NCAA's exclusive cable "strategy" has not shown itself to be a big ratings winner, but I guess that's because those in charge are just cashing out before the ultimate demise of the organization.

1 week, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2015/duke-wisconsin-draws-a-whopping-28-3-million-viewers-for-cbs.html

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Given that the ratings were frequently in the 20's during the 1980's, the phrase "in history" is a bit overdone. Also, the percentage increases cited in this post are based on historic low ratings suffered during the years when Butler, and other mid-majors, were making final fours. So, CBS & Turner has benefited from both marquee names dominating, and the move to more prime time games for the fourth round. A brief query to Statista shows that the ratings of last year were in parity to the early 2000's. So, an 11% increase would put the ratings in parity to the late 1990's, so "historically", Turner's takeover of the tournament has not produced all-time highs...but whatever gets you through the day, I guess.

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2015/this-years-ncaa-tournament-is-still-smashing-records.html

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Who cares? It's the "English Premier League" for anyone not on a broadcaster's payroll.

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/

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Exactly, note the qualifier "cable history"...I was the greatest second-grade checkers player in the history of my elementary school, but you don't see me blogging about that.


However, this is a good number for TBS...it will be interesting to see how this holds up as cord-cutting continues. If the NCAA doesn't join others in the Internet Video Revolution, they'll have yet another PR disaster on its hands, like the one they'll have in Indianapolis this week.

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2015/kentucky-notre-dame-sets-college-basketball-rating-record.html

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While I'm not a reflexive soccer-hater, the sport's fan base in this country does have a hipster feel to it. Beyond affluent people in big coastal cities, nobody watches soccer. Now that's great to generate a high-income cult of fans, for the EPL (despite their European under-performance, call it the Downton Abbey Effect), as well as MLS & the national teams. NBCSN can coast for a while on that.

However, if someone overbids on a long-term contract for the EPL next time, cord cutting is going to catch up with them. The rest of the US population will not subsidize soccer fans forever, and it's going to end badly and expensively for the sports bundlers and the soccer faithful.

3 weeks, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2015/premier-league-u-s-tv-rights-for-2016-19-might-be-the-subject-of-a-bidding-war.html

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What a total (non-) suprise....ESPN stinks at sports coverage, especially when it comes to sports it doesn't think are its bread-and-butter (NFL & NBA).

3 weeks, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2015/espns-coverage-womens-ncaa-tournament-carries-echoes-sports.html

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Seriously, Spanarkel is not doing well in his partnership with Lundquist. Verne seems to be trying to force humor out of his new partner, but Spanarkel's jokes are falling flat. And just increasing their volume is not making them any funnier. However, Dana Jacobson is a welcome addition of professionalism; it's nice to see her back is a conspicuous place that highlights her talent, rather than having her on a shout-fest.

3 weeks, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2015/ncaa-tournament-announcing-power-rankings-2.html

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@luckie1710 That's the problem with the Catholic-only, eastern school conference concept. There's no large natural fan bases that create a ratings floor. When Xavier/Marquette is on FS1, only a few people in Cincinnati & Milwaukee are watching. There's a minimal national attractiveness to the conference's games. That and the fact that Big East games are ugly foul-fests that are all too common to the sport.

4 weeks, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2015/big-east-championship-rating-on-fs1-gets-trampled-by-the-american-championship-on-espn.html

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Paying athletes would create a lot of unintended consequences, such as:

1, pricing mid-major & Division II athletic programs out of existence, thus depriving them of marketing opportunities to potential students (no great loss really), since the paper losses would turn into actual losses;

2. at Big 5 (Big 6 for basketball) conference schools, you're creating a professional minor league structure, which would change the marketing dynamic, and hurt the second-tier programs immensely...and frankly, how many minor league sports are on ESPN?

3. it would ratchet up the arms race at the big schools even more (without another 440-page manual of regulations), creating bigger dynasties and even more scandalous spending, which would give Oliver more ammunition, to the point where even the fans would get sick of it, IMO;

4. and it would create an enormous Title IX legal battle...non-revenue sports participants will say they're legally entitled to a paycheck too, even though they don't bring in a dime, which is a non-starter.

Revenue sports will have to be structured separately from the universities, shutting down the current athletic departments, and these athletes probably won't even have to attend the school. But, once again, there's no interest in minor league football & basketball, and women athletes and their advocates would tie this up in court for decades.


So, be careful what you wish for, as the entire system of college athletics is wholly based on the amateur status of the participants. Take that away, and the whole house of cards falls.

However, the status quo is obviously no longer acceptable, and the college themselves need to clean house, before it's cleaned for them...restrict salaries, especially among coaches, pay athletes a significant stipend, but have a nationwide salary cap, and agree to restrictions on the "amenities". Of course, this won't happen, so total destruction of the system seems the ultimate end game.

1 month ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/

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I probably won't watch this doc, as I'll be busy working on my brackets, however, growing up in that era, I'm glad that today's youth will get an idea of what was truly lost with the destruction of college basketball. It is something to be sad about, sorry to say.

There's that, and a chance to let UK fans squirm a little bit before having to watch this death march of a tournament.

1 month ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2015/30-for-30-review-i-hate-christian-laettner.html

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Or, I could drop my $200 cable bill, and watch Internet-quality programming, on, you know, the Internet.

1 month ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/

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@jcosma Ugh, what a sorry excuse for FIFA's endless corruption. They make the NCAA look like Mom, apple pie, and Chevrolet. Try again.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/

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@Beano Cook Seriously, don't sully the name of a great commentator with this hack comment.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2015/can-nascar-succeed-fox-sports-1-nbcsn.html

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Maybe this blog is finally going to admit that there is a Sports Rights Bubble, and that it is about ready to burst. With the coming a la carte TV environment coming, viewers are only going to pay for the sports and events that they are interested in. That means there's no leagues or conferences getting that sweet bundling revenue anymore. Each sport is going to have to fight for viewers and revenue by directly marketing to individual customers. And the bundlers, ESPN, Fox, etc., are going to be in dire straights sooner than they realize.


Why do you think Silver is pushing NBA wagering so much? To drive viewers to his "reality show" product. And this is a league with officiating scandals...what could go wrong? And pay-per-view to watch golf? Not even the Masters, piano solo or not.

1 month, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2015/millennials-dumping-tvs-will-sports-networks-respond.html

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Just in time for the cord-cutting revolution...more great timing, NFL!

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2015/arrival-nfl-playoffs-final-frontier-espn-cable-sports.html

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Fox has had this, though much smaller, on their NFL broadcasts for years, with fake snow falling on the score graphic. The snow got "dusted off" before each commercial. I guess people who live in LA are impossibly fascinated with snow...let me tell you, it just sucks.

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/fox-sports-fake-snow-worst-innovation-since-glow-puck.html

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Great comments...I miss the Christmas day games myself. I wish there were more games outside of the ESPN sphere; I think it would make for more balanced coverage.


But I still can't stop laughing at the Big 12. Texas, Oklahoma, and the rest of them thought they were outsmarting everyone else by doing a 10-way split of revenue, rather than a 12-way split. The other conferences appear to be forcing the Big 12 into adding schools like Boise State & Cincinnati, with equitable shares this time.

4 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/5-things-need-know-new-bowl-structure.html

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@ak482 I hope that, when the inevitable 2-team SEC bracket comes out, the rest of the country does what it did in 2012 when the Alabama-LSU BCS title game came around...they didn't watch. The low rating, under 10, was the last gasp for the BCS. It's really a testament to ESPN's mismanagement, given that they have to be hoping for 15-20 rating for the CFB playoff, that they can't stop themselves, and do what's best for the sport and best for those ratings, and that is, layoff the SEC bias.


What's needed as soon as possible, is an 8-team bracket. The bracket would consist of the champions of the big five, one wildcard conference champion from the smaller conferences, and two other wildcards, which would be the only decision of the committee (and they have to be from difference conferences, although there's an argument in saying that they don't have to be conference championship game losers, because of poorly balanced divisions within a conference). This would be a big improvement and actually make the regular season even more important. There would be conference standings "races" and the conference championship games would really mean something (a de facto championship bracket first round). There would also be an incentive to schedule better interconference games, since they don't count toward getting to the conference championship game. Instead, they would be an opportunity to toughen up a team with good competition prior to the conference season, rather than be a showcase for a team looking to pad their rankings.

4 months, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/espns-rankings-show-hurts-work-college-football-playoff-committee.html

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Wow! Best idea I've heard in a long time...let's make this happen...Lundqvist & Raftery on CBS for the Final Four!!! It would certainly make this obvious death march to a ninth Kentucky championship a bit less irritating.


And I guess I'm the only one who can't stand Bilas. Fortunately, I tend to stick to the regional games on Saturdays, but ESPN needs to tell Bilas to dial down the lame, offensive, elitist humor. I'm know he's from Duke, but that crap ruins everything else he's doing.

4 months, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/2014-2015-aa-college-basketball-media-roundtable.html

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@ChrisPress Excellent point, but NASCAR was all-broadcast network during those years, on Fox & NBC. However, the precipitous drop in the sport's popularity has created a situation where NASCAR is being used to drive viewers over to Fox & NBC's, let's say, up-and-coming cable sports properties, by making those properties must-carry for NASCAR fans. The broadcast networks can't make the numbers work any other way. Also, since the NASCAR schedule is far too long, especially running into football season, no broadcast network, even ESPN on ABC, has really wanted to try to run against football by including future packages on broadcast channels. Rather, the networks are forcing the small, core NASCAR fan base to find them on channel 8957, or whatever FS1 or NBCSN is on.

5 months ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/espns-nascar-coverage-approaching-checkered-flag.html

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Thanks for the info on the NFL giving money to Mitch McConnell...now I have a good reason to vote for Lundergan-Grimes.

5 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/mlb-nfl-spending-money-mid-term-elections.html

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The weird thing about Carey is that, on Sundays, it looks like he's in a 5 foot by 5 foot room in New York somewhere. Maybe he's watching these replays on a smartphone screen, or something. Or perhaps, I'm being too generous.

5 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/look-cbs-thursday-night-football.html

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Wait a minute, didn't this blog, just several months ago, bury Musberger, calling for the next generation of announcers to come to the fore? How's that working out, with Fowler sleep-walking through games? Short version: ESPN commoditizes everything it touches, including putting out bland commentators. Their only guys with any personality either came out of the coaching ranks, or out of the old big 3 networks (not Fox). So, how fast can we get Brent back to doing the biggest games in the sport, instead of the SEC E-game of the week?

6 months ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/disingenuous-keep-musburger-abc-promos-fades-sec-network-abyss.html

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@kres14GT You can say that again...I don't think Michigan State will benefit from this and get into the playoff without significant help and running the table, although I'm sure the Big 10 can help grease the skids with the game officials on the second point. However, you can't talk to a fan of a big market pro team for more than 15 minutes without "playoff entitlement" seeping into the conversation. Quotes such as, "Our team is really good for the league and TV ratings, especially come playoff time." are an instant indicator of douchebag-ness.

Also remember that it was the LSU-Alabama title game, and its rock bottom TV rating, especially given that it was a rematch of a 9-6 ball game (ugh), that really got the ball rolling to bury the BCS. So, the SEC fan's nighttime emission of getting 2 or 3 teams into the playoff, which would be a nationwide ratings killer, is likely not going to happen.

6 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/michigan-states-tv-ratings-will-make-playoff-team.html

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Since ESPN has lost, or soon will, a number of weekday afternoon live events, such as the EPL, the Champions League, a good deal of afternoon baseball, and NASCAR qualifying for various series, ESPN2's afternoons had become pretty open. So, trying to brand a block of miscellaneous talking head shows is a defensive move against the other new networks who now hold the rights to such live events. It will be interesting to see how it goes, especially since there's still an important place for OTL for the mothership, and I'd personally like to see Olbermann stick around.

6 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/espn2-come-full-circle.html

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@lil_bit_specialAnd those boycotts are underway, though of course nflblackout.com is just getting started. And if you have a woman in your life telling you that this isn't cool, that would hinder your viewing. Myself, I won't be playing fantasy football next year, though fortunately, I don't have any sort of gambling habit...that also helps. In 20 years, you'll probably have to bet on Arsenal games, if you want any action. And if you think baseball is trending upwards, then you haven't been paying any attention. I did forget the macroeconomic issues, which will likely make of lot of this moot in upcoming years.


Finally, it's about the long-term game and a death by a thousand cuts. The NFL is good at self-inflicting those. And you're right, it's about the money, and eyeballs, and when the owners figure out (probably too late) that they don't have a license to print money anymore, they'll realize that Goodell is a fraud, always has been. This is the main point of my argument which you failed to address.

7 months ago on Conversation @ http://bloguin.com/thisgivensunday/2014-articles/roger-goodell-played-god-and-lost.html

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@lil_bit_special There's always diehard fans like yourself, with the karmic chants "this will blow over, this will blow over", totally clueless about how the real world works, especially if you don't live in your parent's basement. So, let me explain briefly...there are literally tens of millions of people in this country who don't give a whit about football. There are also "casual fans", people who go to Super Bowl parties, watch a game here and there, maybe wear a team t-shirt if they live in an NFL city. These two groups are conservatively 90% of the population. For these people, the NFL is, and will be from now on, a TOTAL JOKE.

For women, for whom the NFL has spent millions on incredibly lame marketing, football is so over. For men who, for various reasons, want to stay on good relations with women, football will be something to follow perhaps a little quieter in the future, if they know what's good for them. The NFL is a social pariah now. These last two weeks have easily cost the shield tens of billions of dollars. It's not about dramatic boycotts...it's about millions of people making millions of individual decisions to not watch football, or not buy Anheiser-Busch products (there's lot of booze choices out there). They face a future with much less casual fan support, and over time, will have to take on similar issues faced by other sports that used to be king, like baseball...nothing lasts forever.


Goodell, clearly in way over his head, sold a bill of goods to the owners...follow my vision and you'll be pulling in a billion a year. But he's shown himself to be a fraud and a liar. If the owners keep him around, it will just be a continuing stream of incidents of raw stupidity and embarrassment. They can cut him now and spend years trying to regain some trust, or they could follow your advice, LBS.

7 months ago on Conversation @ http://bloguin.com/thisgivensunday/2014-articles/roger-goodell-played-god-and-lost.html

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@Gossamer After watching Goodell's CBS interview performance, I think it's the commissioner who might be smoking dope. And the pressure is increasing by the day...I wouldn't be surprised if protesters start showing up at NFL games. While the diehard fan might think this would be quixotic, for the casual fan, guilt is a powerful emotion.


I do wish to thank you for your outstanding list of the NFL's sins; the full list would easily be hundreds of times longer. Personally, and I speak for many others, I've had it. Football is a wholly optional feature of American culture...there's other crap I could be doing. I would recommend the book written by Malcolm Gladwell, The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference. The NFL's problems are years in the making, and for a lot of people, the fact that the commissioner wasn't also cut on Monday is a true Tipping Point.

7 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/peter-king-contradicts-nfl-statement-that-the-league-never-saw-the-ray-rice-video.html

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One reads the posts on this site, extolling the virtues of smart sports journalism, then one scrolls down to the comments, and most of the comments are "shut up toots" or "Olbermann is stupid".


So my question is, why do you people read this blog?!

7 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/katie-nolan-lays-down-a-must-see-challenge-to-the-sports-media.html

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@Gossamer Wow, the NFL uber alles-types are coming out in droves on the sports blogs today, in defense of their favorite sport, knowing that this video really exposes the league for what it is.

From a big picture perspective, the NFL truly has a cultural problem of pure, raw violence at its core, that is part of the game, and that can and will not be removed. The rest of American culture is slowly moving away from that mindset. This societal consensus, manifested on social media, is reacting to the endless bad behavior of players (and owners for that manner) produced by this sick culture. As a result, the NFL has had to deal with one PR disaster after another, and they are constantly scrambling to catch up with band aid after band aid. But, the shield is still falling further and further behind, with another big backwards step taken today.

The league is going to have to move faster if it wants to avoid a situation where soccer takes over in this country. One good start would be the removal of Goodell, who has shown himself to be a pathological liar. But keep up the mealy-mouthed talk, Gossamer, as casual fans, especially women and non-psychopaths, make small, individual decisions over time, such as maybe not playing fantasy football, or watching Netflix on Thursday nights. (And Giants stadium looked about half-empty for yesterday's Jets game.) An 800-pound gorilla can be killed by a billion cuts. This video is the smoking gun that people will play from now on, every time NFL fans start fawning about how the NFL will be king forever and ever, amen.

7 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/peter-king-contradicts-nfl-statement-that-the-league-never-saw-the-ray-rice-video.html

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Great points in these comments...being on OTA TV & the proliferation of gambling & fantasy (a form of gambling), has been great for the NFL, and they know it. That's why they hustled half of the Thursday night package to CBS. And other sports (I'm looking at you NBA & MLB) would be well-served in the long run, to do whatever it takes to get more of their games back on free TV. And the fact that NASCAR will have many more races on cable next year gives new meaning to the phrase "Out of Sight, Out of Mind". You simply just get more casual fans to tune in to games on the big networks, as opposed to making them find you on cable sports tiers. Only the diehards follow you to cable...it doesn't make the casual fan go out of their way to buy more cable channels, or call their cable company to complain about not having a specific channel, or scour the web to find where you're at.


As Deadspin put it, we're definitely at "peak-NFL", but it will take the rise of another sport to knock the king off of the mountain. I have no idea what it would be though. All of the other sports, other than college football, are showing some sort of significant weakness in their product & audience. Perhaps the success of the World Cup this summer would convince the big European clubs to play the Champions League in the US, with packed larger-than-European stadiums for every game...that would be frickin' huge.

7 months, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/will-controversy-and-over-saturation-lead-the-nfl-to-reach-its-cultural-apex.html

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They desperately need to get on basic cable tiers, especially to reach casual viewers, like those who follow just their local teams or one or two sports. Along this line though, what is putting channels like NFLN, MLBN, & NBCSN on the map right now? High-quality (but not necessarily high-budget) shows, focused on individual sports. For example, NBCSNj's serious coverage of the EPL has gotten good reviews. FS1 could put together a rock-solid show, not a comedy show, about the Champions League, extended highlights, focused previews, etc. They could leverage their baseball & football contracts the same way, like serious remakes of shows like Inside the NFL or This Week in Baseball.


In short, don't underestimate the ESPN-smite factor...there are tons of fans who would like to see quality sports shows, without the luggage of ESPN's "personalities" or Fox's worn-out "attitude".

8 months ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/fox-sports-1-needs-to-pass-the-dvr-test-in-year-2.html

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For every outstanding post on this blog, like the one last year explaining how ESPN's provoking the conference vs. conference hatred has cost the network significant ratings in parts of the country that used to be WWL strongholds, there's a few dozen lame stick-up jobs like this post. Ugh.

8 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/the-most-notorious-espn-personalities-are-they-really-worth-it.html

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Congratulations, Ben...you just wrote the amicus brief that the NFL will file when the FTC files its antitrust suit against Fox/TWC. The leagues want more bidders, not fewer.

9 months ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/the-only-real-chance-at-a-true-espn-competitor-this-decade-could-come-out-of-fox-acquiring-time-warner.html

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@Pat_Pending There are excellent comments here and the poster's idea is quite good, but the localization of the sport is the number 1 issue. In most MLB cities, the baseball team is a great summer distraction until the team is out of contention, or the NFL season starts. That's bad news for the sport long-term though, and some of the other ideas about speeding up the game, and other radical on-field changes will become necessary at some point.

9 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/rethinking-baseball-on-national-television.html

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Question for the poster: are advertisers assuming that bar & other larger in-crowd viewers not considered "captured viewers", i.e., they're not watching commercials? Then, as such, I assume that advertisers don't care about those viewers, correct?

On the one hand, it makes sense that those viewers are talking to each other, ordering drinks and food, etc., during commercials. On the other hand, home viewers aren't watching commercials either (I can tell you from personal experience) and such numbers are short-sighted since these potential soccer viewers are also potential customers.

9 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/so-about-that-out-of-home-viewing-for-the-world-cup.html

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@rywalker True, except that most of the Fortune 500's in Cincinnati are mostly outsourcers for the vast majority of their tech work (and these firms are simply not known for being on the tech "bleeding edge" anyway). So, ultimately, they simply don't find their tech talent to be mission critical, especially if you're over 30.

9 months, 3 weeks ago on The best and worst of startup Cincinnati comes down to its Fortune 500s

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Thank you, the three of you, for your paid lies.

9 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/

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I'm no big soccer fan, but clearly this column was just part of an organized conservative effort to bad mouth young people, whenever possible, because they're just too multicultural, and too liberal for their tastes.These conservative theorists believe that there is a cause-and-effect relationship between youth self-esteem building and attitudes among Millenials later in life that they should have a better lot in life in this country than they're currently getting. This is clearly not an acceptable attitude as far as conservatives are concerned.


Furthermore, conservatives think that injury and humiliation in old-school youth sports engender a shut-up-and-take-it attitude in adulthood. I've heard this view expressed. Hence, Coulter's continuous harping on this theme.


Ironically, soccer's dimensions are in Imperial measurements anyway, 18 yards, 12 yards, 10 yards, 6 yards, 24 feet by 8 feet, etc.

9 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/

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Or, another way of looking at it is, after 45 years of marketing, soccer has barely emerged as a "once-every-four-years-sport". That means soccer will become as popular as baseball or college basketball in the year 2150.

9 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/what-massive-world-cup-ratings-really-mean-for-american-soccer.html

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It will be interesting to see the reaction of the Kentucky fans I know. Right now, due to cord-cutting, UK games have become a communal gathering event (fans going to other people's houses, bars, lodges, etc. for games). This trend is only continuing to get bigger. If the university starts making it more difficult to watch and listen to games for this bulk of their fan base, this is going to be a PR disaster.

9 months, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/university-of-kentucky-signs-15-year-210-million-multimedia-rights-deal.html

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I have to say that I cannot stand the British announcers that ESPN is using...the Bad British Announcing guy on YouTube is a spot-on impersonation of the cliche-ridden spew that comes out of their mouths. As badly as the Gus Johnson experiment turned out, at least Fox was trying to find a way to raise the ceiling on soccer's appeal, beyond the hipsters who seems to love the British commentators. Hopefully Fox can develop some new, additional American talent over the next four years.

10 months ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/espn-is-leaving-behind-a-huge-world-cup-legacy-for-fox.html

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The sport of golf sold its soul to Tiger Woods for the popularity and celebrity status he brought to golf. But he wasn't going to live forever, and now no one watches the sport anymore, just a few select celebrities. And it's hurting the whole sport. Sure, golf made a lot of money off of Tiger, but it's hurting now. It will be interesting to see when Woods retires, what happens to TV golf contracts (Golf Channel only, on sports tiers only,  except for The Masters on CBS?). And no, @stholeary, there's no cross-over appeal between golf and soccer. (?!)

10 months ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/us-open-ratings-tanked-for-nbc-thanks-to-martin-kaymers-blowout.html

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@JimLahey25 Good point, there's no excuse for not getting a mega-number on this Finals series, given the markets involved (so much for big-market theory). And if the Rogers/CBC combo is as ugly as "ESPN on ABC" is, then Canadians are not going to be happy.

10 months ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/the-nhl-on-tv-in-2013-14-opportunity-in-america-the-end-of-an-era-in-canada.html

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The U.S. was picked apart yesterday, like a chicken leg, and got real lucky to win. It's only way down hill from here. It will be interesting to see how your theory about soccer's popularity will hold up with the team starts regressing to the mean, so to speak, and the bandwagoneers get off the bandwagon. And this team is not trending up long-term...they'll have trouble qualifying in future years...let's see the ratings on Fox then.

10 months ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/espn-draws-record-audiences-for-the-united-states-victory-over-ghana.html

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Holy crap, that was the stupidest f'ing video I've ever seen...the added animation with the player being flipped breaking into a thousand pieces, and the bulging eyes...I had forgotten about that, and this video should make it crystal clear what a total joke the NHL on Fox was.

10 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/throwbackthursday-in-1995-fox-was-doing-fine-at-cup-time.html

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Well then, goodbye WGN...truly the end of an era. I mean where would Will Ferrell be without his Carey impression? Long term, this is bad for the Cubs franchise, since there are a lot of nationwide middle aged and older fans of the Cubs that became fans watching them on WGN. Now, unless they improve the on-field product, they'll just be a Chicago curiosity, and a punching bag for the rest of the NL.

10 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/get-ready-to-say-goodbye-to-sports-on-wgn-america.html

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Wow, where to begin? Well, the WWE isn't a sport, for crying out loud. And it's been trending down in ratings for years. You're comparing apples-to-oranges, especially with NASCAR (wrestling and auto racing doesn't have the cross-over appeal it once had). The NASCAR deal looks suspect given that ESPN couldn't get rid of that hot potato fast enough, so that's an even poorer comparison.


Perhaps the macroeconomic reality, and the continued success of Netflix and their strategy of courting cord-cutters, has got the networks thinking twice about their obsession with live programming. The NBA contract negotiations might be more interesting than the bloggers here think.

11 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/

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