Let me re-phrase the discusssion.
Up until now, we never had a doubt that when a new sports channel came along that D* would carry it, if it could. It would take the fans' position and try to do what it could to obtain carriage. We know that channels such as CSNPhilly, CSNNW and other owners throw road blocks in D*'s way so they could keep their channel(s) off of its system, and we lived with it because we felt that D* was in our corner.
But now, things seem to have changed. I get the feeling D* is putting its interests ahead of ours, and that's the issue.
Sports fees are by far the highest cost of any basic programming. I'm a sports fan, you are a sports fan, many others are as well. We want our games. However, many people are not sports fans (HUGE NUMBERS of people) and as costs continue to rise and thus their bills, you cannot ignore the millions of customers you have that are equally passionate about not being sports fans and having their bills weighted so heavily by sports costs. If there was a way to strike a balance where the sports fans that are passionate would need to pay while protecting the rising costs of those that don't care about sports, that would be ideal. YES? Good luck because, oh by the way, that league \ channel wants every eyeball it can get to also sell advertising.
That is the rub.
Let's also be realistic that as D* was growing through the years and adding sports product and going after sports programming, the environment was a lot different. Now every NFL deal is costing billions whether it is D*, CBS, NBC, Fox. Far different than in the past. In the past, there was no such thing as college networks, yet now we have BTN, Pac 12, SEC about to come down the pipe. MLB rights deal just set a record. On and on and on. We're not talking about 5% annual increases, we're talking 20%, 30%, 50% type increases.
Now, that doesn't mean D* is no longer the sports leader. The facts are that D* has more sports than anyone else. PERIOD. The other reality, however, is that the world has changed and like any good business, you have to watch your costs, understand your customers (all kinds...sports fans, non sports fans, etc), and make the best decision possible. That is awfully tricky when on one side you have sports fans willing to pay anything to watch their games and millions of other customers on the other side not wanting to pay 1 cent for something they never watch and never will watch while the sports channel \ league is demanding distribution to pretty much everyone on the platform. Definitely makes it a challenging endeavor in my opinion.
Edited by Satelliteracer, 01 October 2012 - 05:49 PM.