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PostPosted: Thu Sep 17, 2015 1:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Why Trent Dilfer Was The Worst Color Man In History

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 17, 2015 3:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wesley Morris leaves Grantland for the New York Times

Good for Wesley Morris, bad for Grantland.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 17, 2015 9:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's good for Wesley.

I also read it as confirmation that Bill isn't going to be doing a Grantland-style website over at HBO/Bleacher Report/Time Warner. It's possible that he might do a lower scale sports focused one, but it's hard to tell how interested he'd be in that since he seemed to love the Grantland was more than just sports. So... one gets the feeling that he's not going to do Grantland 2.0.

Said it before: the sports guys will be heading out or get rolled into ESPN's website. Lowe should find an easy place to land, possible even at Time Warner via the NBA's website.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 22, 2015 3:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://variety.com/2015/tv/news/espn-layoffs-1201599820/

LOoks like more Grantland departures.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 22, 2015 3:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Grantland is probably a drop in the bucket. Lots of changes to cut costs, especially when one sees it's not a one year cut:

http://thebiglead.com/2015/09/21/layoffs-are-coming-to-espn

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... Disney has notified ESPN to trim $100 million from the 2016 budget and $250 million in 2017.


So expect a round of cuts. They'll wack stuff now, and then look at other places to cut going into 2017. Grantland without Simmons is likely some place they can cut. But there are also likely a lot of marginal shows / talent they can cut on the network.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 24, 2015 5:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Always a fun night when Broussard's sources are wrong:

http://fansided.com/2015/09/24/chris-broussard-tristan-thompson-false-report-response/
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 25, 2015 11:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Broussard is such an idiot. :)
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 05, 2015 1:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

To the surprise of no one:

https://www.yahoo.com/movies/s/espn-commentator-jason-whitlock-part-ways-221355187.html
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 11, 2015 11:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ESPN Settled Former Makeup Artist's Claim that Chris Berman Sexually Harassed Her

The title of the piece doesn't begin to capture the nuttiness of the story.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 11, 2015 3:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would probably watch if they made a mini-series out of that story.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 08, 2015 9:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ESPN has lost more than $2 billion because of cord cutting

The headline is misleading because it's a projection of lost revenue if there was no cord cutting. ESPN has seen its subscription base decrease, but revenue has increased due to a higher rate per subscriber. Anyway, I thought it was an interesting article.

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 09, 2015 3:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I recall an article that explain some of the decline being due to the deals ESPN cut. My recollection is that the new deal gave carriers more flexibility in either not carrying ESPN or in moving it to a tier away from Basic. I don't recall how much of the 7M drop was thought to be due to that, but seemed to be a decent amount.

It's also worth noting that while ESPN has dropped 7M in the past two years, that increase in carriage fee isn't small:

http://www.mediapost.com/publications/article/193856/espn-set-to-pass-7-sub-fee-in-2017.html

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ESPNís current deal with Time Warner Cable calls for it to receive more than $5.40 a sub a month starting in the middle of this year; then passing the $7 mark in 2017; and closing in on the $7.50 mark the following year. The deal calls for an annual increase in the 6.5% range.

By the end of this decade, ESPN is set to collect just about $8 a sub a month.


$5.40 in 2013 --> $6.61 in 2015 = 22% increase

As the article points out, ESPN is making more revenue now even with the drop in subs.

$5.40 * 99M subs * 12 months = $6.4B
$6.61 * 91.8M subs * 12 months = $7.3B

As long as the fee goes up quicker than the decline, they're fine.

Well... unless they factored in *no* decline when cutting their various TV deals. ;)
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 25, 2016 10:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

We talked about the comments in the NBA thread. The quiet suspension of Ryan fits better in here:

ESPN Suspended Bob Ryan For Calling Mark Jackson A "Bible-Pounding Phony"
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 29, 2016 9:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://deadspin.com/erin-andrews-espn-forced-me-to-go-on-tv-and-talk-about-1762058985

Yikes. Might be a new low for them
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 30, 2016 9:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

One of ESPN's cornerstones signs a new deal:

http://www.si.com/tech-media/2016/11/30/adam-schefter-espn-extension-media-circus

Most interesting part about this, Schefty will now do some NBA sideline reporting too. Him with thee likes of Pops should be fun
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