If you’re a longtime cable subscriber, you’ve probably noticed that your monthly subscription fee has been swelling faster than Charles Barkley’s waistline at a buffet. According to an industry forecast published in 2012, the average household cable bill is on pace to more than double by 2020, up from $86 per month to more than $200 by the end of the decade.
Fees for sports programming have played a significant role in the run-up, and an ongoing legal dispute involving industry bellwether ESPN has offered a peek into just how big. Based on information disclosed earlier this week in Dish Network’s lawsuit against the cable sports behemoth, ESPN is scheduled to receive $8 per subscriber per month by 2020 under the terms of its current deal with Time Warner Cable. That would amount to nearly $10 billion annually in subscription fees if other cable providers are subject to the same pricing model, according to MediaPost’s TVBlog.no comments
Despite the fact the 2013 NHL season is only a quarter of the way complete, it's already been a successful year for the league and their television partner, NBC Sports Network. In the past, we've touched on some rather impressive ratings from the network, specifically regarding their Wednesday Night Rivalry content.
NBC Sports Network had yet another memorable Wednesday on February 20th as the network announced an audience of 901,000 viewers for the heated contest between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers. That number might not sound overly impressive, but it's the second-most watched regular season game in NBC Sports Network history.no comments
Thursday the NBA's trading deadline came and went without any major moves happening. Unless you count Jordan Crawford going to the Celtics or J.J. Redick being swapped for Beno Udrih one that will have an impact on the rest of the 2013 season. In spite of the lack of action, NBA insiders were busy throughout the day reporting the various deals with sources informing them on the comings and goings of Anthony Morrow, Eric Maynor, and Dexter Pittman.
At AA it was a happy "Chris Broussard's Sources Day!" As much needling as Chris Broussard gets for his mysterious sources, I wondered, is he really the NBA's sources king? Remember, this is the guy that referenced "Sources" after Deron Williams himself announced who he was signing with. But are Broussard's Sources really a match for the other top NBA reporters? Does Broussard use "sources" more or less than his NBA reporting brethren?
On the 2013 Trade Deadline Day, forget who were the winners and losers in the association. We want to know whose sources reigned supreme and which NBA reporter used the most sources in their tweets on deadline day. The answer may surprise you...no comments
Although he didn't get the week long celebration Michael Jordan did, Charles Barkley also celebrated his 50th Birthday recently. And he got something much better than a week of excessive and nauseating praise, worship, and adulation from ESPN - an appearance on The Price is Right! Barkley played a special celebrity version trying to correctly guess the price of five items, including a vintage Kenny Smith card. Barkley eventually won $300 dollars for an audience member with his guesses...no comments
During Saint Louis' 76-62 win over VCU on Tuesday, a foul was called in the second half on Dwayne Evans of the Billikens. Saint Louis play by play announcer Bob Ramsey called the call on Evans a "cheap foul" and nearly immediately after the call, you could hear the referee say something to Ramsey. Ramsey then proceeded to tell the official to stay away saying "we're not gonna have it", and "this is 101's broadcast", referring to the station on which the game was airing.
This is some pretty funny stuff from an announcer and referee that apparently take their jobs very seriously. I don't think Evans is going to face the same (if any) punishment that North Dakota basketball announcer Paul Ralston faced earlier this week when he called the team's loss to Northern Arizona a choke job, though. Maybe this clip will inspire referees to fight back across basketball. Just wait till Joey Crawford snaps on Jeff Van Gundy one day.no comments
Just when we thought the Big East rights were shipping off to NBC Sports Network, SBJ reports ESPN swooped in at the 11th hour to match the $20 million per year offer. Conference presidents still have to approve the deal, but it seems unlikely that the rights will be moving over to NBC.no comments
Colin Cowherd has done it again. The ESPN radio host known for his offensive statements and gross mischaracterizations and stereotypes has caused controversy once more with what else - baseless social commentary.
This time Cowherd, who is no stranger to race based controversies himself, said on his radio show Tuesday that Pacers fans aren't attending games in spite of the team's success this year because of race. Cowherd's opinion (backed up by the airtight evidence of a few random Facebook quotes) is that the infamous Malice in the Palace Pacers-Pistons brawl and association with violence is still scaring away fans from NBA basketball in Indianapolis.no comments
The NFL may be close to turning the yearly scouting combine into more of a reality show according to the New York Post in an attempt to draw even more eyeballs to the yearly event, once a forgotten footnote on the NFL's offseason schedule that has gained a fanatical following in recent years. Combine viewership has nearly doubled over the last five years, with 6.51 million people watching last year compared to just 3.7 million in 2007.no comments