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  •  It's a Preemptive Strike (0+ / 0-)

    Within one year, ESPN will be asking for 6.50 dollars a month per subscriber.

    The cable and satellite distributors will argue that ESPN's fees are too high.

    ESPN will respond that it is paying the professional leagues (NBA, MLB, NFL, Tennis Majors et al.) so much that it had to lay off hundreds, that it's already doing more with less, that it needs every penny of that 6.50 to remain viable.

    Who's at fault?

    I blame the sports fan, the sports fan that is so obsessed with sports that he/she can't do without.

    Every pay tv subscriber that watches sports receives a HUGE subsidy from the non-sports pay tv subscriber.

    Learn about Centrist Economics, learn about Robert Rubin's Hamilton Project.

    by PatriciaVa on Thu May 23, 2013 at 01:19:52 PM PDT

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    •  I'm not so sure (0+ / 0-)

      There is a growing segment of the population that pretty much only watches sports on television, because it is one of the few things left people want to watch live and not delayed on the internet on hulu plus/netflix/amazon prime/etc.  So a sports fan might think they are subsidizing all the channels that you actually watch.

      The problem for ESPN is that really don't broadcast all that much live sport.  They have 1 out of 16 NFL games a week, and 2 out of ~95 MLB games a week.  They have minor sports as well occasionally, and I don't know how much NHL/NBA.  I think most of the national NHL is on NBC's sports channel, TNT has a large portion of the national NBA games as well.

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