AA is launching a roundtable discussion each week on one of the most significant topics we've covered throughout the previous seven days. Our collection of sports media gurus will take part in a free flowing, often times snarky, often times sardonic e-mail thread and we'll publish the results for you. Read the entire roundtable after the jump. This week's topic: Fox Sports 1.
Matt Yoder: We've analyzed, speculated, and pontificated for months, but after an eternity of waiting, Fox finally unveiled the worst kept secret in televised sports this week with the official launch of Fox Sports 1. It's just the latest in a long line of challengers to ESPN's throne, but whether it's the live sports they have or the pedigree of success in competing with the establishment, something tells me FS1 may have the best chance to stick around. What's going to be the biggest key in FS1 getting sports fans to embrace them as a legitimate alternative to ESPN?
Brad Gagnon: When ESPN became a sports TV mecca, it had more to do with the fact it offered highlights and sports coverage in wall-to-wall fashion. But now that sports news and highlights are obtained online in growing numbers, I really believe the key is live events. Having baseball, NASCAR and UFC rights will attract the viewers to begin to build the necessary momentum. People really seem to be looking for alternatives to ESPN's content, but NBC and CBS haven't grabbed hold of those viewers yet. There's definitely a prime opportunity.
Ken Fang: Fox Sports 1 is halfway there with the live inventory of baseball, NASCAR, college football, college basketball, soccer and MMA. There's the potential for more. And if Fox Sports Live, the SportsCenter competitor can be original and not be a Bristol clone, FS1 will be on its way to gaining the trust of fans. I like where they're going.
M. Yoder: I think that's the important thing. FS1 is starting way ahead of NBCSN with showing real live games. It's one thing to come on the air and show UFC, BCS college football and NASCAR. It's another to try to to sell an entire network on the NHL and Tour de France.no comments