ESPN sure is being kind and generous to their competitors with free advertising. First they inadvertently ran a graphic promoting the Stanley Cup Final on NBC Sports Network during a US Open simulcast. Then last night this graphic promoting the arrival of Fox Sports 1 ran while ESPN was bouncing around local MLB coverage. These things happen thanks to the minutia of television rights, but it's still a quirky, ironic occurence.
If you're at the controls at a Fox Sports regional network, why wouldn't you run this graphic every pitch if you knew ESPN was simulcasting your game? It's a not so subtle way to tell ESPN viewers another alternative for their business is coming.
I saw something similar a week or two ago and thought the exact same thing. Brilliant move by Fox Sports. They pray for rain delays and ESPN's bounce around coverage.
@tifosi73 Tifosi73 it was probably last week, because ESPN had a Rain Delay for the final 37 minutes during their Monday Night Baseball game on Monday July 1st and for 2 hours last Wednesday and almost 3 hours last night!!!
@tifosi73 speaking for the folks in the production truck, we don't time promos to when espn is doing look-ins because we simply don't monitor their feed like that and we NEVER EVER pray for rain delays. EVER! we never pray for extra innings, overtime or any other delay.