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NBC will pay a fortune for this. But to put it on its cable sports network that needs a boost or its broadcast channel that may need the boost even more?
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I can't believe people that read a sports media site actually think the NFL would go to PPV. Insanity! I mean, look what it's done for boxing! You want to sell an extra 1,000 tickets at the expense of hundreds of millions in broadcast tv ad revenue?
If Roger Goodell even mentioned it to the networks, they would light him on fire. The future isn't PPV, it's doing away with the blackout policy altogether and sweeping the attendance "problem" under the rug.
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No surprise that beIN screwed up their own listing. Looks like they eventually corrected it though.
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Re: Sunderland vs. Chelsea. That's a Capital One (League) Cup match, not The Championship. But thank you for letting me dream about Chelsea's relegation. And for the excellent listings.
The guy pretty clearly has an axe to grind with OSU. Here's yesterday's column:
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But they're going to have to gamble again to hope for more viewers. I agree, it might make the league look worse but all MLS execs agree that the footprint has to expand.
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Another issue with the national pull of MLS is that they were kind of forced to expand in to smaller or Canadian markets for the sake of putting butts in seats. While Portland is a great city and a phenomenal soccer town, it's also only the 23rd biggest market in the country. MLS kind of had to scatter themselves after the Florida failures of the 90s. The result is that the teams are largely on the periphery of the continent and seen as very regional. We'll see if this improves with more exposure in the Southeast with Miami, Orlando and perhaps Atlanta. But it could be a long slog for MLS to get some national traction -- though the good thing is that so many clubs are on sound financial footing with their own stadiums and strong local followings.
@chrisc74 Unfortunately it's never going to happen. Relegation only takes place across the world because soccer in those countries pre-dates the notion of owners making huge sums of money off their teams. No way you get 21st Century MLS owners to take the financial risk of relegation (on top of the primary financial burden that is being an MLS owner in general).
We're too dumb for nice things.
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Of course The World Series lost the 18-49 demo -- 5.6 to 4.4. And baseball's lead in was an audience of 22.7 million from the FOX late NFL game (mostly WAS-DEN).
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On the media side, kind of a shame all this was happening in the US match and no one (other than soccer fanatics) knew what channel it was on.
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This TBS contract has been an utter catastrophe for MLB. Why on earth did they re-up til 2021? By that time, 7 people will be watching nationally televised games.
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Well, in fairness, Big Bang Theory re-runs are a lot more popular than baseball on TV.
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I think we all look forward to seeing more of her on ESPN.
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Oh Georgie Thompson "might catch fire" alright...
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@LFN Unlikely with the Big Ten Network being run by FOX. B1G is getting more and more FOX-centric.
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@sir boxington @Kev29
Well the NCAA would throw a hissy fit if a mainstream network tried it. That's the big caveat.
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