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But Gene Corrigan told us it wasn't going to work. ROTFLMAO
2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/big-ten-network-hits-the-nyc-jackpot-worth-tens-of-millions-of-dollars.html
Maybe next time NBC should ask for several SEC and Big Ten football games and some ACC and NBA basketball games in exchange for ESPN taking back Dan Patrick.
4 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/espn-and-nbc-trade-premier-league-and-ryder-cup-rights-for-michelle-beadle.html
I would like to hire some people from the NFL for my business. They always find a way to make more money, no matter what.
6 months, 2 weeks ago on The NFL wants Thursday Night Football simulcast on NFL Network
ESPN wants to be a monopoly in the worst way. Nothing is too conspiratorial about them to believe this story.
6 months, 2 weeks ago on Did ESPN try to help recruit Big Ten schools to the ACC?
There is a kind of old-school, new-school divide when it comes to fandom, it seems. The older folks still believe in collegiality but the younger fans are all about tribal identity. I will say that the S-E-C fans have given the rest of us a lesson of the importance of following conference games.
6 months, 3 weeks ago on Fueling the toxicity of college football fandom is a science
As long as there are still people with more money than sense around, sports gouging will continue for the foreseeable future.
6 months, 3 weeks ago on AA Podcast #71 - John Ourand, Sports Business Journal
Good interview with Richard.
6 months, 3 weeks ago on AA Podcast #72 - Richard Deitsch, Sports Illustrated
I don't know if they'd be successful but I think this is the direction of sports and entertainment that aren't superpopular like the NFL, NBA, MLB, etc.. Look at the networks that already have 100 different shows discussing just the NFL. Meanwhile, association football only has two shows in English (and Fox just yanked one of them "until later").The WWE should just go all the way and put Raw and Smackdown on their streaming service as well.
6 months, 3 weeks ago on WWE Network launch could be a game changer
Well, if reports are true, FS1 is getting a piece of MLS. So that is another block of programming they are filling up. NBA is a biggie, for sure, but I think the Big Ten is the one I hope they'd get. ESPN is slowly but surely becoming ESECPN and ACCESPN. Look at how poorly treated the Big Ten is over there. I wish more sports organizations look beyond ESECPN for exposure. People can be convinced to watch with some good word of mouth.
6 months, 3 weeks ago on 10 Sports Media Questions For 2014
I guess association football in this country refuses to die despite the best efforts of its detractors. Also, unmentioned, is the fact ESPN is losing NASCAR after this year. That is a huge factor as to why ESPN wants to re-up with MLS. A lot of hours are going to be cleared in the summer months going forward. They need something to fill them because college baseball, softball and little league aren't nearly enough.
6 months, 3 weeks ago on ESPN & Fox reportedly close to winning MLS rights
For the longest time, I never got the logic of having so much material to work with in having the Olympics and not air as much of it as possible live on a fairly distributed channel. Slowly but surely, NBC is moving away from a model that no longer can work in the 21st Century.
7 months, 2 weeks ago on NBCSN to present unprecedented live figure skating, Team USA hockey during the Olympics
It would seem to me that Fatcessa could help CBS Sports Network get some needed visibility, especially here in the Northeast. His show would be good leading to Jim Rome's show.
7 months, 2 weeks ago on YES says "No" to more Mike Francesa
Foreign governments know that Western "journalists" have a price and they're willing to propagandize for some do-re-mi. Look at the amount of English-speaking people that staff Al-Jazeera America, RT, CCTV, etc.. Is it any different with sports?
8 months, 1 week ago on ESPNFC writer praises Qatar after all expenses paid trip
I will say, NBC's much more open about putting association football on network television than the other three networks.
10 months ago on NBC schedules EPL/MLS doubleheader
If anything, this shows how petty the ESPN people are. They hate competition, especially if it breaks their monopoly on properties. Hopefully, the Big Ten will leave ESPN in their next contract. ESPN is all about SEC and ACC and have it out for the B1G. That's one clue that they might not be able to keep them.
10 months, 2 weeks ago on ESPN twists the knife in Fox Sports 1's early ratings struggles
@DanielOrmsby Sometimes, you just have to make a clean break.
10 months, 2 weeks ago on Fox Sports 1 already modifying their schedule
Well, it will be a long time before Fox Sports 1 goes away.
10 months, 2 weeks ago on Speed fans are angry about Fox Sports 1 - Part III
CBSSN would be perfect for MLS. Tons more hours for games. No more need to purchase Direct Kick to watch out-of-market games.
11 months, 2 weeks ago on CBS Sports Network lands rights to American Athletic Conference
FS1 and NBCSN are good for fans of niche sports that are ignored on ESPN.
11 months, 2 weeks ago on NBC's Premier League coverage impresses a newbie
@whatupay4sports @WaltGekko And the problem with that is there may not be enough content for an NBCSN2 even with the NBA. There isn't enough content right now for NBCSN1, if you don't count the event conflicts.
NBC has to find the right balance for fall, winter, spring and summer sports leagues. ESPN, for years, had a near monopoly on sports rights and could bump up events for other events whenever they feel like it. That's why fans of NHL and MLS team were complaining for years.
11 months, 3 weeks ago on NBC's Jon Miller on the state of NBC Sports Network
The only thing now is that FiOS agree to carry this channel in HD.
11 months, 3 weeks ago on Fuel TV website confirms Fox Sports 2 rebrand
Just wait until the Big Ten goes into the market.
12 months ago on As expected, Fox grabs final 3 NASCAR races
Let's not forget: many of us have already seen what she is underneath thanks to some lunatic snoop. All we have to judge now is her actual work.
12 months ago on Erin Andrews dresses too nicely for Phil Mushnick
The best part of the video comes at 4:00
12 months ago on Jason Sudekis is the new Tottenham Hotspur coach
Look no further than that fossil Murray Chass lamenting about the rise of association football and the relative decline of baseball in the same period.
1 year ago on Gold Cup Final beats MLB ratings this weekend
I'm looking forward to seeing how NBC handles Premier League Extra Time. This could be a preview of how sports in the media is handled, especially for sports just below the main three: MLB, NFL, NBA.
1 year ago on NBC unveils the first 130 Games of its inaugural English Premier League Schedule
I would wait to see if this is a trend before panicking.
1 year ago on UFC on Fox overnights drop 40%
I've already seen the reporters using microphones that have the NBCSN letters (not "NBC Sports Network" in the very beginning of the changeover) when interviewing players in the pre-game and post-game segments. Also, I'm currently watching beach volleyball and they're using the NBCSN abbreviation.
1 year ago on NBC Sports Network will rebrand as NBCSN
At some point, people have to understand that there are options outside of ESPN. So far, only the very committed use those other options, but the casual fan is still mostly stuck on the Mothership. Live events are one thing but I want to see how Fox Sports Live performs as that could end up being the game changer some of us are asking for.
1 year ago on A closer look at ESPN's ratings
NBC's hope is by getting enough premium live content that there would be enough momentum to increase the number of locations where NBCSN is available. If they can get some part of the Big Ten package or even NBA, then it might work.
1 year ago on NBC reportedly wins back NASCAR rights
Here is the full press release:
At least 28 races in total will be on NBCSN. That is BIG for that channel and will help them pare down ESPN a bit more. I have to think it also helps them get into more households with the NASCAR demographic demanding that channel for the races.
@Neomodernist I can understand your skepticism. Skepticism is healthy when it comes to realignment. However, what if it's a possibility that there will in the end be just 4 conferences that matter in college sports? Now, before you answer, think about which conferences are the safest against defections. That doesn't mean a conference is impregnable but a strength of a conference is the strength of the institutions. Now the ACC has been a historic conference with many traditionally strong programs, great rivalries and a roster of great athletes that have come from competing in its member institutions. However, there are considerable cultural differences that can't be overlooked. One of them is the difference between member in what sport gets promoted. There are the basketball-first schools: UNC, Duke, Syracuse, Maryland and there are the football-first schools: FSU, Clemson, Virginia Tech. Agendas get conflicted with each other because schools are loathe to give up influence for the greater good of a conference. So what FSU would like would not be favored by Duke, for example.
A bigger issue is the TV contracts. The ACC made a deal that lasts until 2027 and it can only be renegotiated if membership changes (i.e. new teams come in or old teams get out). The problems come when schools have to do budgets. This is where the SEC and Big Ten put the big hurt since many of those schools spend a ridiculous amount of money on the football programs. Football does generate higher ratings but basketball is hurt by the fact that the NCAA gets a chunk of March Madness money. The elitist conferences are loathe to share with the NCAA any basketball money. So, the thinking goes, they get new members in to a numbers that would enable them to break away from the NCAA rules and form their own organization. This is where the ACC schools come in.
Right now, I say the B1G, SEC and PAC are the stronger conferences, due to influence, wealth, geographical advantages. Next come the B12 and ACC. The B12 lost four members recently but then regrouped themselves through a Grant of Rights. Big Texas decided that they didn't want to stop competing with the plains schools like Kansas and ISU because they want to play most of their games in the same time zone. However, Big Texas also wants to ease the stress on their natural recruiting grounds. The B12 schools depend so much on the State of Texas because of population and climate favors recruiting there. Therefore, the idea is to find schools located in states where good recruits come out. This is where FSU and Miami would come in. If the B12 can convince those two schools to come their way, the State of Florida then is opened to recruiting by the other schools. Recruiting grounds are the mother's milk of college sports and football churns out a massive number of athletes. It's one of the most inefficient sports ever invented but people can't get enough of it, at least in flyover country.
Then there two other conferences, the big ones: SEC and Big Ten. The Big Ten faces demographic challenges in the next fifty years. Commissioner Jim Delany even opined that the status quo is now riskier than moving to add more schools. If you know anything about the Big Ten, they have a ridiculous standard for schools who want to join. In particular, membership in the AAU. There's also a desire to add in states that have border with each other. By sheer fortune, Rutgers and Maryland qualify on those standards, since both border Pennsylvania and are public schools who are members of the AAU and compete in D1 sports. The next add most likely would be Virginia, which borders Maryland and is also AAU. It also is a member of the ACC, like Maryland. Virginia is a state that has undergone big demographic changes. Northern Virginia essentially is a bastion of leftism in a traditionally conservative and historically Southern state. It's a matter of time before the state goes blue for good, just like it's starting to happen in Florida. The old myth of the South is fading with every generation. Chapel Hill, Durham and Charlottesville may well be New York, Boston and Chicago. They're more comfortable voting left than in the surrounding counties. The rural areas would keep holding on to the heritage but the universities are located in the urban areas. North Carolina is still Southern in culture but even that is starting to change. If this were 1960 the idea of UNC and the Big Ten would be laughed out of the place but today it's a possibility. What changed? Demographics. People from outside the region are moving in. Their kids go the local universities. When they grow up they get to influence the direction of the institutions.
UNC to the Big Ten may look like a loser today but, long-term, it can work out fine.
1 year, 6 months ago on Big 10 and SEC Race to Add ACC Schools
@wisehawk99 I'm not sure if you read the comment from the new Georgia Tech AD. He gave the usual "we're in the ACC" speech but also alluded that GT's peers are UNC, Duke and Virginia. Not saying anything but could that be a clue of something that may go down soon?
I just don't see ND joining anything full-time. If the B1G is going to stick to the AAU requirement then they may have to look into the University of Pittsburgh at some point, should they need to make the numbers make sense.
Here's something I just thought of: Why wouldn't a group of ACC schools just join up and sell themselves as a package deal, which would ease their concerns about being isolated in a new conference?
Let's say UVa, UNC, GT, Clemson, FSU and Miami decided that if they have to leave then they leave as one to another conference. Who would the conference most willing to take them as a package? I would think that would favor the Big 12 because: 1. They have the space for six teams, especially those who are the more valuable ones; 2. It forces the Big Ten to consider dropping their ridiculous academic standards in order to add the schools they want and, at the same time, allow them access to those oh-so-valuable recruiting grounds they desperately want. Will they be willing to maintain those ridiculous academic standards, knowing that it would mean losing all of them at once. Imagine the divisions that would cause within the current B1G members.
If those ACC schools join up together I think they'd be in the best bargaining position. The SEC wins either way because they'd succeed by keeping the B1G out of Virginia and NC. The problem is would UNC be willing to split with Duke and just play them OOC.
So the problem isn't really "rules" but people, right? Dem yahoos in the sticks have a different definition of "morality", I guess. Makes me laugh when storefront preachers yelp about values. Then again, this kind of double-standard apply to every football factory. Boosters are always a few steps ahead of the rule-makers. Meanwhile, all this talk about collegiality is empty.
1 year, 6 months ago on NCAA Prez Talks Rules, We Talk Loopholes
@JB TexasEx My favorite scenario:
- Md successfully challenges the exit fees
- B1G goes ahead and takes in UVa and GT
- SEC to fight for UNC/Duke and then "settles" for VT/NCSU
- Miami convinces Clemson to go along them to B12
- UNC and Duke join the B10
- FSU and Louisville follow Miami/Clemson
- B10 starts talks with Pitt, surprising everyone, but is followed by an even bigger surprise...
- UConn is #20 for B1G
- ACC fills in with Cincy, ECU, Temple, UCF, USF, Houston
Just to make things more fun, UMd announced that they will countersue the ACC, seeking to have the exit fees thrown out. I don't know how successful they would be but something that bears close watching.
@JRsec Well, while I'm not a Fox fan I'm sure as hell not in favor of one cable company keeping all of college sports. I know you're pro-monopoly because you hate competing with northerners but some things are never meant to be.
1 year, 6 months ago on Big Bang Theories: The Countdown To Super-Conferences (Part 4)
@redav C'mon. When the California recruit start to make a different they'll then improve. Their basketball team won the conference tournament last season. Granted, the competition was weak then.
@mowens75 What I'd like to see happen:
SEC - FSU, Clem, Pitt, VT, NCSU, WVU
ACC - Take Cincy, ECU, USF, UCF, Memphis, Temple + Notre Dame is forced to keep its 5 games-a-year schedule :D
B1G - UConn, UVa, UNC, GT, Duke, KU
PAC - UT, TT, OU, OSU, KSU, ISU
MWC - TCU, UH, BU, SMU + SDSU returning
The Backyard Brawl is reunited through the SEC. These games would be good for the SECN. WV-UK and Pitt-UK would be nice basketball rivalries. FSU would be part of a division with Bama, Auburn, Vandy and UT. WVU with Pitt, VT, UK, Mizzou. NCSU with Clemson, UGA, SC and UF. A&M with LSU, Ark, Ole Miss and Miss St.
In the PAC, the six mentioned would be the Plains division. Those six would have their own division, allowing Texas to have at least 3 home games (the OU-UT game is neutral but in the State of Texas). The Mountain schools + UCLA and USC would be the next division. Finally, the Northwest schools + Stanford and Cal would be the third division. A wildcard spot would be necessary for the playoffs.
In the Big Ten, Kansas joins up with Nebraska and Iowa, while ditching K-State and Iowa State. UConn adds good basketball to the BTN. The "AAU 4" (my moniker) would give the conference necessary access to growing markets. Divisions would be:
UConn, RU, PSU, UMd, UVa;
UNC, GT, Purdue, Indiana, Duke;
OSU, UM, MSU, Illinois, NW;
NU, KU, Iowa, Minn, Wisc
The Mountain West would be the most interesting. I'm going to assume that BYU remains an independent but gets a similar schedule agreement as Notre Dame with the ACC. The 4 Texas schools would give the conference a much-needed source of recruiting. Games like TCU-BSU, BU-TCU, BYU-BSU, Fresno-BYU and UH-BYU would appear on national TV and good for MWC exposure. Hawaii might go all in and have the basketball team not travel further than Utah in most years. Basketball would be 17 teams with BYU.
@SouthernBoiSB I think Dave's idea assumes Mizzou goes West. The East would be: UF, UGA, CU, NCSU, VT, UK, UT, VU, SC
The West would be: FSU, Ark, Ala, Aub, Ole Miss, Miss St, A&M, Mizzou, LSU
You probably missed that Clem and SC would be divisional opponents under his plan.
@NCarolina09 The question is does the B1G have enough time to close the deal before Swofford pulls the proverbial rabbit out of the hat or the SEC makes a big move for UNC?
@NCarolina09 I think the PAC will wait until the Big 12's current contract ends. One clue would be how one particular current Big XII would behave as the GoR is close to ending. By that time, the PAC would know if the time is right to expand further.
@Astakaderas I would like UConn in the B1G. The question is who would they be taken with, assuming pairs are a must. It would have to come down to whether they're blocked from raiding other major conferences and need another member to make the money work.
NBC Sports Talk needs a new host. Erik Kuselias is not doing it for me. And they have to stop pretending that weekends don't matter for sports talk shows. The leadership is being slow to respond to demand for sports-related content, including talk shows.
As for Beadle's new show, I bet it's going into obscurity, as with Costas' talk show. Cheap...I mean Comcast is not doing enough to promote these shows.
1 year, 6 months ago on Michelle Beadle's new show The Crossover replacing NBC Sports Talk
It is this lack of consistency that has hurt NBCSN more than anything else. Yes, they've been unable to add meaningful sports content since NHL went on a lockout. However, what Comcast has failed to see is that they've had to program the channel 24/7 with whatever is connected with sports: talk shows, individual sports, etc..
They're so afraid of losing whatever ratings they had and, yet, they are already losing ratings. What do they have to lose at this point? Drop all that nonsense hunting and fishing shows. Drop all the gun-show nonsense. The leadership is showing no vision whatsoever! Cheap...I mean...Comcast has dropped the ball here!
ESPN, whatever you think of them...knows what business they're in. Sports, sports and more sports. They operate like a sports channel. They think like a sports channel. They operate as if the only thing that matters is sports...except when they go into this pop culture nonsense. What is NBCSN? Third-hand movie reruns, sprinkled with huntin', shootin', fishin', boring Erik Kuselias, mountains of infomercials and, occasionally some sports programming? Even CBSSN is doing a better job, and they're in a similar situation in terms of live events. At least they're trying to entice people by adding sports talk shows.
NBC only thinks they only need Pro Football Talk, which is fine except that there are already a ton of football talk shows out there. How about a Soccer-related talk show? Get ahead of the game by starting something before they start airing the EPL next season. Same with auto racing before they start the Formula 1 racing.
Where's the promotion for the Dan Patrick Show?
Why did they wait to now before announcing Michelle Beadle's new show? Are they going to promote that?
Why not use the late night hours to air sports reruns instead of the short-term money from infomercials?
NBCSN is clearly a joke of a channel right now.
1 year, 6 months ago on NBC Sports Network ratings are a disaster
@dafreshness318 I don't think the SEC would cede the Heels/Blue Devils until they've done their best wooing them. But, ultimately, the lure of the CIC and the possibility of being with peers who are more like them would win them out. There's still a chance that no more ACC teams leave, which is why no one should guarantee anything.
1 year, 7 months ago on Big Bang Theories: The Countdown To Super-Conferences (Part 3)
@AndrewMartin @JansonRoberts And you know what ND's answer is going to be should the B1G foolishly ask them again to join.
@ruizhe While it's true that Buck fans will always outnumber Bearcat fans in OH, getting into OH avoids having to double-dip in another state, puts up a tent pole in a recruiting state (which is the mother's milk of CFB), then also add Pitt to add the state of Pennsylvania to the mix, connecting the two with...oh...WVU and VT (thus the reunion of the Backyard Brawl) and then you'd have something.
People will have to accept that the B10 will be dominant in certain states and the SEC dominant in certain states and the two might battle it out in fringe areas between the two spheres of influence. There would have to be a transitional period before all of this shakes out but CFB is closer to superconferences than ever before.