The one story I'm most interested in as far as the sports media landscape in 2013 is concerned is the continued rise in competition amongst the major all sports cable channels. At the heart of this arms race is the planning and possible launch of a new all sports cable channel - Fox Sports 1. With NBC jumping into the field with NBC Sports Network and CBS Sports Network slowly adding more original shows and live sports, these media companies are looking at taking a legitimate run at ESPN.
While NBC has gotten most of the press in hopes they could build a competitor to ESPN, the truth is that Fox is in a much better position to chip away at ESPN's dominance immediately. Monday, John Ourand of the Sports Business Journal filed a report with very interesting new details about the long rumored News Corp. competitor to ESPN - Fox Sports 1. Thankfully, the article isn't behind the SBJ paywall, so it's worth your time to check out the entire piece. The highlights paint the picture of Fox making their intentions clearly known - News Corp. sees Fox Sports 1 as not just competing with ESPN someday, but surpassing them...no comments