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Remember when ESPN used to do its Full Circle coverage waaaay back in the day? They had a UNC-Duke game where ESPN had the main feed, ESPN2 did the whole game from the backboard cams, ESPNU did a split-screen with the Cameron Crazies, and so on.
5 hours, 37 minutes ago on ESPN will cover the BCS title game like it's the last ever sporting event on Earth
With the caveat that there are much fewer events at the Winter Games (USA, CNBC and MSNBC could stick entirely to hockey and curling in Vancouver and Bravo didn't get involved at all), it looks like NBC is moving away from the streaming-heavy strategy of London that turned into a disaster and moving more towards the sort of strategy I would have expected ESPN to do, with the big events live on NBCSN and taped on NBC.
2 days, 9 hours ago on NBCSN to present unprecedented live figure skating, Team USA hockey during the Olympics
@MikeyJoe And perhaps the true measure of a man is not needing the "proper" use of force to deserve "honor, respect, and decency". Even more so, perhaps the true measure of a man is wondering what the very concept of a "true measure of a man" even means and what it really says about you and about society.
1 week ago on Mike Golic and Dan Le Batard battle over Dolphins bullying scandal
8: I disagree with Burke; there are too few women playing football to produce a color commentator (as a former front-office gal, Amy Trask is much more suited to the studio where she is now). On the other hand, all one has to do is look at the name of AA's exercise in mocking bad college commentators to see how close even the most open-minded people are to seeing a female play-by-play broadcaster in the NFL.
11: Depends on whether or not sports gambling has been legalized and regulated and become widespread by then.
12: Thursday will be dead, as might be the NFL Network itself. Sunday will be the same as now. Monday will be interesting, as the NFL will have a hard choice to make once the sports cable bubble bursts: continue taking lots of money from cable, putting games on what will then be a glorified premium channel, and be limited to an audience that makes the dark days of the Thursday night package look like child's play while also single-handedly propping up that platform, or take a lot less money but continue to pump out games to the widest possible audience? If the former, Monday becomes a glorified version of the Thursday package; if the NFL decides to sell Monday to a broadcast outlet, it could end up getting better games than Sunday night later in the season, but officially be further back in the pecking order.
13: Hard Knocks is already dying. It won't survive the end of the decade.
2 weeks ago on Football in 2030: Innovations and changes in football coverage
1: The bursting of the sports cable bubble will end the main impetus of conference expansion, and there is a nonzero chance whatever replaces it will result in more regionalism and conference contraction. This is especially the case if the segregation of the revenue programs takes place like I described in the last post. Most conferences probably top out at 12 teams at the most.
2: Depends on how the amateurism issue is dealt with. If the revenue programs leave/are segregated, or a Division IV is created, what is FBS now may end up much like what FCS is now, if it's not merged. If things stay put and some sort of player payment system is put in place, large numbers of programs will drop football or drop down to FCS, much more the former if FBS is made a fully separate division. If college football starts to return to its roots, the biggest programs will return to the middle of the pack, but there will be less reward for being in FBS to begin with and a few programs drop to FCS. No matter what, the days of programs attracted by the allure of fame and fortune to jump up to FBS will be over.
3: If the revenue programs leave/are segregated in the way I suggested in the previous post, no conference escapes unscathed. If not, the SEC, Big Ten, and ACC will still end up shedding at least two programs each. Maryland, Rutgers, Syracuse, Pittsburgh, and West Virginia will look to form a Northeast-oriented conference with Connecticut, but have trouble filling out their lineup with teams that are name enough to make a case for "major" status. If they're lucky, the Sandusky scandal leaves Penn State so decimated the Big Ten ends up expelling them.
4: A few years ago I would have told you it was almost a slam dunk. Now? Certainly not within the next twelve years and probably never unless the revenue programs leave/are segregated. Most definitely not with the ACC given how its shifting membership has turned out.
2 weeks ago on Football in 2030: Conference realignment and other changes in college football
1: There is a football-only system of promotion and relegation, with each level having its own rules, allowing the old conferences to apply only to the other sports and a more dynamic scale of restrictions on each level. Okay, that's just my wishful thinking. More realistically, I think the biggest schools separate the biggest programs in each sport from their direct support, at most "taxing" them to give back to the university, allowing them to operate more like professional teams while allowing the NCAA to get back to amateurism much more while still retaining the biggest colleges. Most athletic departments don't even pay for themselves, and I think with rising tuition, there will be an increased movement to recognize the lucrative ones as the wholly non-academic enterprises that they are.
2: One of three things will happen: either there is a large-scale restructuring of the revenue sports at both the school and NCAA level (like that described above) to attempt to escape Title IX and other restrictions that would force them to pay players in non-revenue sports, schools will just buck up and pay players in non-revenue sports, or the NFL and NBA will have robust player-development systems for players right out of high school, the sports cable bubble will burst and take with it conferences' various money trains, and college sports goes back to something closer to the pre-ESPN ideal.
3: See answers to first two questions.
4: The biggest programs will never need to worry about attendance because of the passion they inflame in their fans, a passion that is in part specifically about your own contribution to the gameday atmosphere. Smaller programs will have a lot fewer games on traditional TV, replaced by webcasts, and there will be a lot less promise of breaking into the big time anyway, so they'll be less affected. The problem could come with the mid-size programs that could find themselves having to sink or swim.
6: See answer to question 2. The reason the NFL doesn't support a developmental league right now is because it likes getting one for free from the NCAA, and the NCAA is too busy counting the money its schools receive from so many sources to care enough about amateurism to pressure the NFL to change it - especially since it is the popularity of college football, which is independent of the quality of the players, that makes it so lucrative. The bursting of the sports cable bubble (which I'd be shocked if it doesn't happen by 2030) should result in the bottom falling out of the money train and a return to something closer to pre-ESPN economics; college football will still be wildly popular and a much more national sport than regional one, but money won't completely blind the powers that be to higher considerations anymore. I don't know that all this will happen fast enough for the NFL to start a developmental league by 2030, but it will look like a more certain possibility than today, though I also don't know if that will change things enough not for schools to increase the value of what they offer student-athletes. More likely is a semi-professionalization of the most lucrative teams as described in the answer to question 1.
7: See answer to question 3.
2 weeks ago on Football in 2030: The state of the NCAA
1: Two things will depress this number: the sports cable bubble will burst (if it doesn't burst by 2030 it's never bursting), and the popularity of the game will decline because of the concussion issue. The NFL should weather the bursting of the sports cable bubble better than most because they only collect rights fees from one cable network for a crappy collection of games, but that one cable network pays the NFL a billion and a half all by their lonesome. For reasons discussed below broadcast networks will be a lot more desperate for sports and the NFL in particular, but that'll be offset by the loss of the retransmission consent regime. I think the NFL's rights-fee windfall will decline slightly to somewhere in the $4 billion range.
2: Anyone who asks this question, and anyone who dignifies it with an answer that considers it a possibility, doesn't understand the difference between the two. Traditional linear networks are good at delivering a few programs to many people; the Internet is good at delivering a lot of programs to a few people. The Internet has gotten a lot of publicity in recent years at delivering content anytime, anywhere people want it, the vast majority of which is well suited to that purpose, but live sports doesn't fall into that category, which is why people in the linear television business are paying so much for it: people have to watch it live as it happens, so it's just more efficient to broadcast it once and let anyone ride on the stream than to try to deliver it individually to every single person who wants to watch it. The NFL in particular would be insane to give any substantial rights to any Internet company unless they would create a channel to air it that wouldn't be substantially different from a traditional linear television channel; the closest they'll come is something like a Sunday Ticket/Google deal. That's not to say we won't be watching games on our phones, but that'll be because the technology will exist to deliver linear television channels to them directly, without using the Internet as an intermediary; the technology <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ATSC_M/H">already exists</a> for broadcast stations, and AT&T and Verizon will probably appropriate some of their spectrum to do the same for cable networks as well, something AT&T has <a href="http://gigaom.com/2013/09/24/att-will-build-an-lte-broadcast-network-tailor-made-for-video/">already started working on</a>.
3: Can we? Maybe. Will we? No.
4: Joe Buck, Ian Eagle, and someone we don't even know about right now.
2 weeks ago on Football in 2030: The evolution of football coverage
@DanielOrmsby @morganwick @ekt8750 Closest thing I see to that is this: "The four-hour morning show is hosted by NFL ON CBSstudio analyst Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton live Monday-Friday from 6:00-10:00 AM, ET." The use of the present tense tells me it's referring to the airing on WFAN, not necessarily the CBSSN simulcast. http://fangsbites.com/2013/12/cbs-sports-network-to-simulcast-wfans-boomer-and-carton/
2 weeks, 1 day ago on CBS Sports Network will televise WFAN’S Boomer & Carton
@DanielOrmsby @morganwick @ekt8750 Is there anything in particular in the announcement that makes you think that? Because even AA's own Ken Fang seems to lean towards only three hours being shown: https://twitter.com/fangsbites/status/407582179292872704 Even if not, considering Brando's show airs on the radio only on SiriusXM and in fact was 10-1 when it was on YSR, they could just move the show itself.
I seem to recall reading or hearing that Rome is dead-set against having cameras in his studio and having his radio show televised. Certainly you'd think if his show was going to be televised it'd have happened by now.
2 weeks, 2 days ago on CBS Sports Network will televise WFAN’S Boomer & Carton
"It'll be interesting to see how Boomer & Carton performs compared to other televised radio shows, and how their ratings will compare to nemesis Keith Olbermann, but for now it's clear sports fans are the big winner."
Is CBS Sports Network being rated soon? Do you know something I don't?
@ekt8750 Assuming the simulcast doesn't get out of the way at 9 to make way for Tim Brando. Their competition may be more Mike and Mike.
I bet fans of neither team appreciate it, as it serves as a reminder that they're waaaaay down on the totem pole behind the Knicks and Rangers at MSG who don't really care about either of them yet both teams' owners keep taking the Dolans' money when there are two other RSNs in the New York area.
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@Troy2013 I don't think that was the angle he was going for? He only mentioned "a Detroit columnist ranking Ohio State lower" in passing and as only one potential explanation, spending more time on the possibility of Sharp having a vendetta against the Big Ten as a whole, which the tweets he quoted seemed to make pretty clear. I think he's defining "bias" a bit broader than you are; you don't make him sound any less Skip Bayless-y.
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Detroit Free Press writer votes Ohio State #8 in AP Poll
Did most people voting in this poll just automatically vote for ESPN or Fox without actually thinking about it?
Curious why you think Fox has been the most innovative with the deployment of live content on digital platforms, especially considering how slow they've been rolling out Fox Sports Go.
I'd say the results of that studio show question are actually very encouraging for CBS Sports Network; they're the smallest of all those networks, not even rated by Nielsen, and more people mentioned Rome than any other non-ESPN show. Assuming, of course, respondents didn't think the question was referring to his radio show that comes on at Noon ET but isn't on TV...
2 weeks, 5 days ago on ESPN shines in SBJ survey results
@ChristopherKull YOU would rather watch the stuff on NBCSN. But when you consider what people in general would rather watch it's no contest; NBCSN basically has the NHL, the Olympics, NASCAR and that's it (except for the occasional super-duper-huge Premier League game). FS1 has already topped a million viewers with three different sports (college football - which NBCSN has none of on the FBS level - UFC and NASCAR), and they have college basketball, baseball including the playoffs, the World Cup and US Open coming soon. Add it all up and FS1 has way more properties that people are actually willing to watch in large numbers, even if you're not interested in them. Oh, and I'd bet dollars to donuts you'll be watching Michigan sports on FS1 on a regular basis in a few years.
Now all we need is someone to bring the chicken and someone to bring John Madden over...
3 weeks ago on Your Week 14 College Football Announcing Schedule
While I agree with your reasoning, a commenter on my own site seems to think it was basically impossible for the NFL to flex in *any* game that wasn't Rams-49ers because of the Fox singleheader, the Bills game in Toronto, and the need to prepare FedEx Field for the game: http://sports.morganwick.com/2013/11/last-minute-remarks-on-snf-week-13-picks-6/comment-page-1/#comment-7163382505142688471
3 weeks, 1 day ago on NBC and the NFL might be second guessing Week 13 flex game
Who's Marv Albert's color guy?
4 weeks, 1 day ago on Dan Dierdorf retiring from CBS after this season
"Longest pregame show on television"? The NFL Network would like to point out that they also have a four-hour pregame show, and stack another two hour pregame show on top of that, and they don't give way to an hour of fantasy football discussion in the last hour. Pretty sure they have more claim to the crown than CBS Sports Network.
1 month ago on That Other Pregame Show doesn't take football too seriously in the right way
Either the NFL misunderstands what Aereo is, it's intentionally using hyperbole that rings hollow to anyone with any knowledge of the situation, or you're reading your own motives into the NFL's actions while betraying your own lack of research. Aereo claims that it's simply making it easier for people to access the free over-the-air television they're already entitled to using its army of antennas. By that argument, it should be limited to the games being broadcast by area broadcast stations; while it could theoretically add more games by importing other stations, such would probably belie and destroy its argument while running afoul of FCC rules regarding importation of distant signals, because it couldn't pick up those stations with its antennas and thus would be using some other system.
This fight is about nothing less than the future of free over-the-air broadcast television, and whether or not it continues to exist. "Copyright holders'" "exclusive retransmission licencing rights" take the form of the artificial device of retransmission consent used to attempt to level the playing field with the cable networks with the established tradition of charging cable providers while intentionally overlooking that so long as broadcast stations' signals are transmitted free over-the-air, their owners' control over those signals can never be truly "exclusive". Now those owners are talking of taking even that away now that Aereo has exposed this basic truth. I don't particularly like Aereo, the very definition of exploiting a loophole, but if anything it shouldn't even be necessary to achieve the goals it sets out to achieve, and the fact that it is only exposes how neglected our broadcast television infrastructure has become as cable has taken over.
The NFL and MLB should realize that somehow, someway, the tide is turning against the cable model, whether it takes the form of Congress instituting a la carte, widespread consumer-driven cord-cutting, cable providers offering sports-free packages, or simply cable providers standing up to the Longhorn Networks and CSN Houstons of the world. The entire cable model is a house of cards that is fast coming down as the Internet increasingly undermines it. The NBA and Big Ten would be idiots to double down on this model in their upcoming negotiations, and by the time the NFL and MLB's contracts run out I can almost assure you the bubble will have already popped and they will already be feeling the effects.
1 month ago on MLB, NFL trying to block Aereo