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Is the NHL really growing? They only had 8 million people watch the Chicago vs. Boston game 6 clinching game this year. That was a 66% increase from when the Kings beat the Devils in 2012, they only had 4 million people watching. The Blackhawks vs. Bruins series averaged 5.76 million fans, that's the highest NHL finals rating ever, but if that was the NBA or MLB it would be considered a disaster.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on NBC's Jon Miller on the state of NBC Sports Network
Disagree with you, MLB's national ratings on Sunday night's on ESPN are actually really good, especially when they get a popular team. ESPN's ombudsman did a great piece on it last year. Yankees- Red Sox games will get over a 5 ratings share, that is really good. Braves, Dodgers, Cardinals also have high ratings. As for mediocre playoff ratings, they had 25 million people watch the 2011 World Series. Last year's world series was crap and still got Fox ratings of over 10 million people for 4 nights. What do you think the ratings will be like this year when it's the Red Sox vs. Braves or Red Sox vs. Dodgers? The ratings will be huge because MLB, like every other sports not named the NFL only gets high ratings when their popular teams, or in the NBA's case, popular players are involved. Do you remember the ratings for the Spurs and Pistons NBA finals? Also What soccer games are getting higher ratings than MLB games? Maybe when Mexico and the US plays. Soccer ratings are garbage in this country unless they can get the Latino fans to watch and then that is usually on one of the Spanish speaking channels. But if MLB's ratings were the albatross that you are making it out to be, do you honestly think ESPN would have doubled their rates for MLB games next season? I mean we all saw when darts and poker was outdrawing the NHL what happen, ESPN passed on their rights. If their ratings were garbage and ESPN wasn't making money off of them and still wanted to keep them they could have paid them less for their rights, their bid was a lot higher than what Fox/TBS teamed up to get their games that they got. No, ESPN wanted Sunday night baseball because it's exclusive and they don't have to share that broadcast with any other regional network.
About 4 years ago Fuel TV was just a regular digital channel on my Time Warner cable lineup then they moved it to the sports tier along with ESPN Classic. I never watched it because it was just snowboarding shows and things like that but if they actually start putting sports on there I would be interested in it. Just don't want to pay anymore for my cable bill so the 10 dollars a month sports tier is out of the question.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Fuel TV website confirms Fox Sports 2 rebrand
NBC Sports Network has no choice but to go after niche programming. The honestly don't have the cash to bid with the big boys. MLB's contract bidding this past year showed that. NBC had to bow out because they couldn't hang with ESPN and the combined bid of Fox/TBS. The same will happen with the NBA rights when they go up next year. Fox Sports 1 will be all over them because right now they don't have a winter sport to broadcast. What will be interesting is if the NBA stays with Turner, which they have been with forever and who hosts the studio segments at their Turner studios in Atlanta, or will they stay with ESPN and move the Turner games over to Fox Sports 1. Either way NBC sports is a non player. And all of the big time contracts will be tied up after the NBA signs their new one. They probably dropped the ball on not getting at least a game of the week deal with MLB.
@WaltGekko Stephen Strasburg had nothing to do with it. If you're NBC Sports Network you don't care about the World Series, you care about having MLB games on your lineup for 6 months during the spring and summer. That's where the money is. They quite simply couldn't afford the rights for MLB. They were in on the bidding and had to drop out because ESPN came in and destroyed everyone with their bid and then Fox sports and Turner Sports teamed up with their bid. NBC sports should have been aggressive in getting TBS's games and maybe a couple of playoff games but they didn't have the money. They won't have the money either for the NBA next year.
I honestly don't watch anything on CBS or CBS Sports. The only sport that they have rights to that I watch is the NFL but they have AFC rights and my team is a NFC team so I maybe watch one or two games a year on CBS. I'll catch a couple of minutes of the basketball tournament but I'm not a basketball guy at all. Of the sports I'm into Fox has them MLB, NFC football, and UFC. If CBS Sports network wants to be taken seriously, they should probably go after the NBA hard because without one of the big 3 (NFL, MLB, NBA) on your channel it's hard to really make an impact.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on CBS' David Berson on the State of CBS Sports
joelucia If you ever go back to Asheville I highly recommend French Broad Brewing they have some great stuff. Highland Brewing company is cool too although they are a lot bigger than French Broad. There is also a really small brewery right by the Asheville Tourist stadium maybe a block away that had some great stuff too. I can't remember the name of that brewery though but it's really small. Asheville is a pretty cool town.
2 years, 3 months ago on A Photo Journal of My Summer Vacation | August
Good write up Joe. Did you get to any good beer places in Asheville? My best friend lives up there and I love to go visit and do tours of all the local breweries.
Good job. I was hoping that Jurrjens would continue to be good this year so the Braves could sell high during the offseason and get a big return for him. Hopefully he will get it going again.
2 years, 4 months ago on Game 110 Recap (8/1/11) | July