Why ESPN is Failing

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  1. 1UNI2ISU

    1UNI2ISU Well-Known Member

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    Not a huge conference yet, but the American has said they are going to aggressively shop their package to Amazon and Netflix when their ESPN deal is up in 2019.
     
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  2. madguy30

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    For whatever reason it's typically refreshing watching CBS's coverage of the NCAA tourney, and I generally like their NFL and NCAA regular season coverage as well.

    I know it's not 24/7, but take away all the glitz and noise and you have what people want to watch: sports.
     
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  3. kingcy

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    Another issue is they have is their love or catering to certain conferences or teams. The ACC/Duke love gets old in basketball. Yes they are good but you turn off a lot of viewers by the constant coverage of those given teams and little mentions or highlights of other teams. Even their top ten plays is a joke anymore. Look at their view of ISU right now, its like their experts watched this team play in Jan and are taking talking points off that game.
     
  4. IlliniCy

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    I'm so old I used to watch this instead of SC:

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  5. Doc

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    This is kind of funny because yesterday I saw people were mad because ESPN wasn't covering the Ezekiel Elliott incident while they did cover all of Grayson Allen's trips. White people love to claim reverse racism.
     
  6. alarson

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    This might prove there isnt much downward pressure on rights prices yet if they get a decent deal. While there are cordcutters, which hurts espn, the rightsholders still are sitting pretty good because sports offers something that very few other programming does: live viewers. Now that so many have dvrs and can skip commercials, the programming that is watched 99% by live people gains a massive amount of value to advertisers.
     
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  7. isufbcurt

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    Yup, I could watch 30 for 30 marathons all day long
     
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  8. I-stateTheTruth

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    Delivery of content has changed in all areas and their model has to change with it. But I love the fact that just about every important ISU game is on one of their channels and I can watch them on the East Coast.
     
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  9. ruxCYtable

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    Used to LOVE CNN Sports as well.
     
  10. isufbcurt

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    I like ESPN but I was pissed yesterday when watching sportscenter and they had a segment/interview with the Ball family. Giving that garbage guy more TV time should be punishable by jail. LaVar Ball is the basketball version of Trump, just throw random **** out there and hope it sticks.
     
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  11. ClonesFTW

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    Consumption has changed, period. We all used to watch SportsCenter all day because we wanted to see the highlights from the last 24 hours. Now we've already seen it 5 seconds after it happens live on Facebook or Twitter.

    Networks are panicking and think, how can we retain viewers?! The answer so far has been the shift to personality and/or opinions, I mean just look at FS1's line up. The bubble is bursting, and political commentary or bias (right or left) on sports networks doesn't help.
     
  12. CycloneErik

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    A brand for the kids already. That dad doesn't sound at all like he's planned out how to cash in on his kids.
     
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    When they make stars out of people like Stephan A Smith, that's all you have to know.

    I don't see how they are losing money with all of the commercials they play.
     
  14. capitalcityguy

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    #54 capitalcityguy, Mar 14, 2017
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    Proving you don't even see or understand the point you are disagreeing with. Using your logic, MSNBC is right leaning with all their Trump coverage.

    http://www.patheos.com/blogs/davidclarke/2016/11/espn-finally-admits-targeting-conservatives-was-a-bad-idea-that-is-after-it-lost-viewers/
     
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    He said in the segment he's had this plan forever and choose his wife to breed athletes. Nothing creepy there.
     
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  17. Clark

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    they made 4.3 billion dollars last year, they aren't losing money. They'd like to make 4.3 billion dollars this year, which is why they'll fire people to get back profit. Cord cutting is real and it'll be interesting to see if ESPN changes with the times or goes the way of newspapers.
     
  18. Clark

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    it's the dumbest argument you'll ever hear about why ESPN is losing viewers. Here's why it's dumb: if your opinion is correct, those sports fans would be watching fox sports or NBCsports, but ratings show that they are not. They're cutting cable altogether. So you're telling me people are so angry with ESPN that instead of just watching another sports network, they're getting rid of their entire cable package? That logic does not compute.

    That'd be like being mad that Blue Bunny donates to Steve King, so you boycott every grocery store that sells it (rather than you know, just buying a different brand of ice cream)
     
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  19. capitalcityguy

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    I gave two reason. Cutting the cable AND perceived political bend. I meant those to be two mutually exclusive reasons.
     
  20. cmjh10

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    PTI and Around the Horn are about all that's good anymore
     
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