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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?
2 weeks, 1 day 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.
2 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.
2 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.
2 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.
2 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.
3 months, 3 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.
3 months, 3 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.
3 months, 4 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.
4 months ago on Fuel TV website confirms Fox Sports 2 rebrand
Just wait until the Big Ten goes into the market.
4 months, 1 week 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.
4 months, 1 week ago on Erin Andrews dresses too nicely for Phil Mushnick
The best part of the video comes at 4:00
4 months, 1 week 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.
4 months, 1 week 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.
4 months, 1 week 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.
4 months, 1 week 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.
4 months, 2 weeks 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.
4 months, 2 weeks 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.
4 months, 2 weeks 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.
10 months, 3 weeks ago on Big 10 and SEC Race to Add ACC Schools