Thursday, October 20
Bethune-Cookman @ Norfolk State (7:30 ESPNU) Anish Shroff, Jay Walker
UCLA @ Arizona (9PM ESPN) Rece Davis, Craig James, Jesse Palmer, Jenn Brown
Friday, October 21
15 West Virginia @ Syracuse (8PM ESPN) Joe Tessitore, Rod Gilmore
Rutgers @ Louisville (8PM ESPN2) Dave Lamont, David Diaz-Infante
Saturday, October 22
North Carolina @ 7 Clemson (Noon ESPN) Dave Pasch, Chris Spielman, Urban Meyer & Quint Kessenich
23 Illinois @ Purdue (Noon ESPN2) Beth Mowins, Mike Bellotti
Jacksonville State @ Kentucky (Noon ESPNU) Rob Stone, Danny Kanell
Cincinnati @ South Florida (Noon Big East Net) Mike Gleason, John Congemi, Eamon McAnaney
9 Arkansas @ Mississippi (Noon SEC Network) Dave Neal, Andre Ware, Cara Capuano
4 Oklahoma State @ Missouri (Noon FX) Gus Johnson, Charles Davis, Tim Brewster
11 Kansas State @ Kansas (Noon FSN) Bill Land, Dave Lapham, Emily Jones
Northern Illinois @ Buffalo (Noon ESPN3) Michael Reghi, Doug Graber
Yale @ Penn (Noon VS) Randy Moss, Ross Tucker, Carolyn Manno
Indiana @ Iowa (Noon BTN) Eric Collins, Chris Martin, Dionne Miller
Wake Forest @ Duke (12:30PM ACC Net) Steve Martin, Dave Archer, Scott Pryzwansky
New Mexico @ Texas Christian (2PM mtn) Todd Harris, Todd Christensen, Amanda Mazey
Boston College @ 12 Virginia Tech (3:00 ACC Net) Rich Waltz, Keith Jones, Jenn Hildreth
Louisiana Tech @ Utah State (3:00 ESPN3) Trey Bender, Jay Taylor
20 Auburn @ 1 Louisiana State (3:30 CBS) Verne Lundquist, Gary Danielson, Tracy Wolfson
13 Nebraska @ Minnesota (3:30 ABC/ESPN2) Carter Blackburn, Brock Huard
Maryland @ Florida State (3:30 ABC/ESPN2) Mike Patrick,Craig James
17 Texas A&M @ Iowa State (3:30 ABC) Mark Neely, Ray Bentley
22 Georgia Tech @ Miami (3:30 ESPN) Bob Wischusen, Bob Davie, Samantha Steele
NC State @ Virginia (3:30 ESPNU) Pam Ward, Dan Hawkins
10 Oregon @ Colorado (3:30 FSN) Joel Meyers, Brian Baldinger, Jim Knox
Air Force @ 5 Boise State (3:30 VS) Paul Burmeister, Shaun King, Anthony Herron
Temple @ Bowling Green (3:30 ESPN3) Greg Franke, Tom Cole
Ohio @ Akron (3:30 SportsTime Ohio/ESPN3) Matt Underwood, Frank Stams
East Carolina @ Navy (3:30 CBSSN) Josh Lewin, Randy Cross, Kaylee Hartung
Memphis @ Tulane (3:30 FOX College Sports) Steve Physioc, Yogi Roth, Desmond Purnell
Fresno State @ Nevada (4PM WAC Net) Barry Tompkins, Joe Glenn
Army @ Vanderbilt (7PM ESPN) Clay Matvick, Brian Griese, Allison Williams
Utah @ California (7PM CSN-Bay Area) Roxy Bernstein, Mike Pawlawski, Chris Townsend
Tulsa @ Rice (7PM FSN) Ron Thulin, JC Pearson, Jeremy Bloom
Miami (OH) @ Toledo (7PM ESPN3) Bill Clark, John Ross
21 Penn State @ Northwestern (7PM BTN) Tom Hart, Derek Rackley, Lisa Byington
Tennessee @ 2 Alabama (7:15 ESPN2) Mark Jones, Ed Cunningham, Jeannine Edwards
USC @ Notre Dame (7:30 NBC) Tom Hammond, Mike Mayock, Alex Flanagan
SMU @ Southern Mississippi (8PM CBSSN) Dave Ryan, Rich Rodriguez
Texas Tech @ 3 Oklahoma (8PM ABC/ESPN3) Brad Nessler, Todd Blackledge, Holly Rowe
25 Washington @ 8 Stanford (8PM ABC/ESPN3) Sean McDonough, Matt Millen, Heather Cox
6 Wisconsin @ 16 Michigan State (8PM ESPN) Brent Musburger, Kirk Herbstreit, Erin Andrews
Florida A&M @ South Carolina State (10:30 ESPNU) Adam Amin, Jay Walker
Oregon State vs Washington State - CenturyLink Field, Seattle (10:30 FSN) Craig Bolerjack, Joel Klatt, Petros Papadakis
New Mexico St @ Hawaii (Midnight ESPN3) Robert Kekaula, Darren Hernandez, Rob DeMello
ESPN will not have a choice. Not sure how that 1st sentence got like that. The rest is 100% spot on. Wait and see.
#ESPN will note a choice have a choice but to be put on asports tier. The wheels are already in motion. They pay lobbyists to avoid a tier, but the tier is in evitbale. They "may have overpaid?" What is better about MNF now that would warrant paying 73% more in horrible economy. ESPN is so quick to spend YOUR money.
I don't think ESPN has as big a hold on sports as many think. With separate sports packages available (MLB, NFL, NHL, NBA, College, etc), fans have the option of watching any game in any sport at their leisure.
For the first time this season, I purchased the MLB package via my Roku Box for the cheaper price of $99 for the entire season. Not only do I get every game (with the exception of my local team), but it stores everything in a database. I can go back to any day this season, find a game, even search by inning, and re-watch it. Television will never allow for that kind of utilization. Streaming is going to give national television channels & cable networks a serious challenge.
I wonder if ESPN overbid on this new deal. The landscape of TV could be entirely different in just a few years.
I'd imagine that we are headed to a modular approach to cable/sattelite TV in the near future. If you look at all of the channels that have sprung up recently, many of them have been very narrow, genre-specific channels. I can almost guarantee there will be a "Law & Order" channel in the next year or so. lol
The above takes the conversation past the original question, but I think that is where we are headed, especially as cable entities begin to loose customers thanks to outfits like Hulu, which help to remove the need for cable in the first place. Furthermore, I wouldn't be surprised if HBO took it's "On the go" program independent and started providing cotent to customers directly through the Internet regardless of whether or not they subscribed in the traditional format.
If they're going to do this then they should make other networks like Lifetime, TruTv, HGTV, Disney, TLC, History, A&E, NatGeo, CNBC, MSNBC, HLN, ID (whatever that is), Animal Planet, Biograhy, Disney 2, Lifetime Movies, E!, QVC, CMT, and whatever other channel dudes in their late 20s don't watch, ever, subscription based.
ESPN would be insane to <i>demand</i> to be moved to a sports tier - remember the NFL Network's carriage fight? ESPN only gets Monday Night Football and the BCS because those organizations know that ESPN is in 100 million households and the vast majority of people can catch those shows on ESPN. The only way ESPN voluntarily moves to a sports tier is if cable companies force them to. ESPN already reaps the financial rewards of their monopoly, to the tune of $5 per subscriber. This is one of the weaker pieces I've read on AA.
The title asks a different question than the article. I would not pay for ESPN as a standalone premium channel like HBO, Showtime, or Fox Soccer Plus. I need my ATH and PTI, but I can get them in podcast form, and I'm boycotting the BCS for moving to cable, so the only must-see programming I'd miss is MNF, the NBA playoffs, NASCAR, the Home Run Derby, and the MLB All-Star Game in a few years. I would pay for it as part of a sports tier, because that'd probably be the only way I'd get any sports not on the broadcast networks if that happened (with the possible exception of TNT, TBS, truTV, and FX), and I'd probably get cool stuff like NFL RedZone... in the short term. In the long term, sports leagues would be reticent to give contracts to a network on a sports tier or a premium channel and would start to give their events to the other networks, and ESPN would lose much of its inventory, including its most popular events.
I'd like to see some big cable provider, preferably a satellite or Verizon/AT&T provider, just up and decide to offer channels a la carte on their own. The Dish Network president's comments a while back suggest ESPN is making some in the industry reconsider their opposition.