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well, that's exactly the point. with a max 0.4 rating every once in a while, people *aren't* watching it, at least not to the point where the network is breaking even on ad revenue to support its programming costs, even with *some* providers having it as a premium pay channel.
channels that cater to a minority of a minority of a minority of a minority demographic of the viewing public (read: viewers who are males, who are aged 16-34, who are sports fans, who are auto racing fans) are all destined to fail at some point.
don't worry, somewhere somehow a nascar channel will pop up at some point; after all, they're the only programming that the people who really didn't tune in to Speed in the first place tuned in to anyways. everything else will just have to be picked up on the internet somewhere; there isn't a broadcaster out there willing to set aside a channel for the remaining average 50,000 viewers.
6 months, 2 weeks ago on Speed fans are angry about Fox Sports 1
incredible - more comments on this post than in almost all other posts in august combined! oh, the miracle of web forums...
and speaking of audience participation, maybe fox would have kept speed channel had their 'loyal fans' actually watched speed channel? had they actually drawn more than a 0.4 for anything? hell, even indycar can pull a 1.0 most weeks when they actually race - if you can't outpull Indycar (or Golf Central on Golf Channel, for that f'n matter), you don't deserve to be on the air.
i'm just thrilled that Kluwe is a /b-tard too.
6 months, 2 weeks ago on Chris Kluwe rants at Skip Bayless
"The idea that they co-opted fun in sports and that ESPN and "SportsCenter" is some kind of a trip to the dentist is laughable."
No, its not laughable - its true. If you're a sports fan who wants to watch highlights about sports and not get your molars drilled out with Tebow this, Sanchez that, Lakers here, Patriots there...Sportscenter is pretty much the worst place to go in the history of worst places to go.
I'm sure that SVP is having fun - hell, you'd have to pry me off the ceiling with a garden rake if you'd pay me as much as he makes to BS about sports for a living. Its the rest of us that are miserable though, although its not SVP's fault or anyone's fault in front of a camera, for they really aren't the puppet masters here. SVP doesn't feed the teleprompter, and SVP doesn't mark up the shot sheets.
The fact that ESPN is even really addressing and legitimizing this type of "fun" trolling from FS1 is testament to the fact that they're self-ware that this really is an issue. And lets be real here, it IS an issue.
Hopefully a little bit of competition in this space helps everyone to raise the game for the better, and not have a big ol race to the bottom.
6 months, 2 weeks ago on Fox Sports 1 and ESPN battle over who's really having more fun
does that pic of Dickie V mean to allude "tired, overplayed, cliched, bordering on obsolete, and the-better-of-the-alternatives-because-there-arent-really-any-alternatives-yet"?
6 months, 3 weeks ago on The State of ESPN
regis is like 108 years old - any run he's gonna have these days is likely to be short.
6 months, 3 weeks ago on Is Regis Philbin's run at Fox Sports 1 going to be a brief one?
doesn't ESPN already have a corner on this market?
7 months, 1 week ago on TMZ Sports concept being revived
please do this more. especially to football. and hockey. and basketball. and every other sport where announcers feel the need to be equal to what is shown in video and not complementary.
7 months, 1 week ago on Fox Sports Detroit airs announcerless game
I think that most people will credit the source as much as the source does...ESPN is in essence telling us not to care by putting OTL in an awful timeslot and pelting us with garbage instead. Maybe its a big case of the boy who cried wolf - ESPN has cried wolf enough times by making a big deal out of nonsensical things like which hat an NFL qb is wearing, whether some douchy Jets fan should keep cheering for them, etc.
When they actually *DO* decide to report *real* news, maybe we're all just too fatigued to really care? When you turn the volume up on absolutely everything, you turn the volume up on nothing.
7 months, 2 weeks ago on Outside the Lines at the front of Biogenesis reporting, but does anyone care?
he looks like a fat Steve Urkel.
7 months, 3 weeks ago on Should Mark May check himself in the mirror before blasting Johnny Manziel?
@Mark Wallace Graham ESPN, not ESJN. they've never been about anything close to journalism
7 months, 4 weeks ago on Is ESPN stumping too hard for Yasiel Puig?
I think these numbers just scream panic in Bristol. What made ESPN the force that it has become is that whenever possible the average sports viewer is naturally drawn to a single source for diverse sports news. ESPN has always been convenient and efficient in providing the most amount of sports news in the shortest amount of time, compared to its competition at the time. Anyone who has ever studied marketing or consumer sciences that consumers flock to the most convenient and efficient alternative.
What these numbers show now is that people are willing to visit multiple singular sports news sources, which is more time consuming, less convenient, and less efficient, than watch ESPN for their sports news. In essence, viewers are literally going out of their way to seek sub-optimal alternatives to ESPN than to actually watch ESPN. That's not a good place for ESPN to be living.
The emergence of Fox Sports 1 poses a very real threat to ESPN, so long as FS1 doesn't royally choke and stay disciplined to providing what the consumer is looking for: the ESPN of 5-10 years ago. The formula hasn't changed much at all since ESPN created it, it just needs to be followed and kept honest.
8 months ago on How worried should ESPN be about declining ratings?
sweet - thanks to the HRD being streamed to mobile devices, i can actively ignore this unabashed attack on my cochlear nerves while on the go! thanks espn!!!
8 months ago on Chris Berman will once again call the Home Run Derby
Couldn't agree more - I wish the play-by-play crews on the NFL and CFB broadcasts could take note.
8 months ago on Silence is golden for ESPN booth during Andy Murray's Wimbledon triumph
@JimPeterson@ZZtop_VH "With all due respect to you, you do realize hockey isn't exactly on ESPN's radar?"
Well, that in large part is the problem - which is symptomatic of SportsCenter becoming not simply a reporter of sports news, but as another mouth perpetuating the narrative of a broadcaster that owns broadcasting rights to certain sports leagues that it must promote whenever possible. The conflict of interest is alive and well.
8 months, 1 week ago on Shaking my head at SportsCenter
@BenKoo @mrr24 I personally get mine from the general internet - I typically browse through MLB.com or NHL.com or pretty much anywhere else *other* than SportsCenter. I don't need the mindless drivel of "commentary" or "analysis" that some talking heads in an insulated studio in Connecticut provide, I'd much rather listen to the actual game broadcasters give their in-the-moment reaction to a pivotal play.
Its like how MTV used to have music videos, to an extent...SportsCenter used to have sports highlights. Now its just large-market team news du jour with a lot of people yelling over each other. Forget it.
I've heard better singing in the first few weeks of American Idol. He sucks. And why was his nose blue?
8 months, 2 weeks ago on Bruins' Anthem Singer Rene Rancourt Pulls Off a Triple Fist Pump
9 months ago on Sportsnet analyst Craig Forrest calls Sydney Leroux "classless"
@The_Lakelander couldn't agree more here. back when the deal was signed, it wasn't a bad deal per se (*a* deal is better than *no* deal), but with the passing of time and the transformation of the network across half a dozen different target segments, the deal turned sour pretty quickly. the boston consulting group report released a few months back touched on the possibility that nbc sports is in breach of contract for their lack of support in providing for a stable promotion base for the series - i for one would welcome a challenge to the nbc sports nightmare.
9 months, 1 week ago on 2013 Indianapolis 500 draws lowest overnight rating ever
man, carpenter would go insane at crapitals games listening to fans yelling to shoot the puck into the hoop.
9 months, 1 week ago on Bob Carpenter is not impressed with Nationals fans