Win, Lose, Drew by Drew Litton

Win, Lose, Drew

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  1. ConserveGov

    ConserveGov said, over 1 year ago

    And it shows. Some of the people calling games lately must be college interns.

  2. Jase99

    Jase99 said, over 1 year ago

    I have to wonder how much cost is tacked on to cable/satellite bills to carry the sports channels that most people don’t even watch.

  3. gmgodsil

    gmgodsil said, over 1 year ago

    It used to be my favorite channel, now it’s not. It has ruined the team game to the point of making the “POD” is more important than actually winning a team game. Sad commentary on life actually.

  4. Dr Lou

    Dr Lou GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    Hardly a loss….show the games and we’ll follow them all by ourselves just fine.

  5. MortyForTyrant

    MortyForTyrant said, over 1 year ago

    There are some very strange sporting events in the world, like “hard-disk throwing along the canal” in Holland…

  6. churchillwasright

    churchillwasright said, over 1 year ago

    @Jase99

    JASE asks:“I have to wonder how much cost is tacked on to cable/satellite bills to carry the sports channels that most people don’t even watch.”

    Not even close…

    From Forbes way back in January (just the highlights):

    i“Disney’s stock gained over 30% in 2012, thanks to the continued strong results at ESPN… As we enter 2013, we expect Disney to build further on the success it witnessed in 2012. The momentum it gained is likely to continue, given the strength of its brand across its businesses. There is virtually no strong competitor for ESPN

    Disney saw growth in both revenues as well as margins for its media networks business. This business is dominated by ESPN, the Disney Channel and ABC Broadcasting. While broadcasting remained more or less flat, cable networks saw good growth in revenues and operating income. This was driven by an improved advertising market and contractual increases in fees per subscriber.

    We estimate that ESPN will bring close to $11 billion in revenues for Disney in 2012. These include revenues from primary ESPN channel as well as its other sister channels such as ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPNEWS, ESPN Classic and ESPN Deportes. A large chunk of these revenues, approximately $10.3 billion, will come from ESPN and ESPN2 alone. If we dig deeper, we find that close to $9.1 billion will come from just ESPN, with ESPN2 contributing approximately $1.2 billion in 2012. The channel has close to 100 million subscribers in the U.S., which speaks of the huge demand as well as bundling strategies that pay-TV service providers adopt.

    Additionally, ESPN charges more than $5 per month per subscriber, by far the highest carriage fee in the pay-TV industry, with the exception of a few premium cable networks such as HBO. In addition to over $6 billion generated through subscription fees, ESPN generates close to $3 billion in ad revenues. ESPN enjoys an average daily viewership of over 1 million and charges high ad prices from its advertisers. We estimate this pricing to be around $16-$17 per 1,000 impressions. This accounts to a huge amount, but its advertisers are big companies with high spending capacity that target male audiences (typical audience for sports channels).

    We expect ESPN to be able to maintain its programming lead over other sports networks in the future. However, ABC broadcasting’s revenues were flat for the whole fiscal year 2012, implying a sustained decline in viewership.”


    Forbes 1/8/13: Disney’s Banner Year Buttressed By ESPN’s Strength

  7. Newshound41

    Newshound41 said, over 1 year ago

    Just a few days after acquiring full rights to the US Open (tennis), ESPN announces 5% cut of its workforce:
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    http://www.forbes.com/sites/chrissmith/2013/05/22/meet-the-rights-fees-responsible-for-espns-layoffs/

  8. JiminNYC

    JiminNYC said, over 1 year ago

    @Ms. Ima

    The trouble is that most of the analysts who actually analyze the game are considered to have “TV-unfriendly” personalities. When a game is called by people who know the sport and can appreciate AND articulate its subtleties, it’s like getting a wine that perfectly complements the meal.
    .
    At least 90% of what I know about football, I learned from watching Summerall and Madden in their heyday.

  9. Daeder

    Daeder GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    Except hockey, ESPN is allergic to hockey.

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