Without knowing the exact costs, these estimates are just a guy making a guess...which could mean: garbage in = garbage out. What does it matter anyway? They could be close, or the could be way off. NO ONE KNOWS...at least here on this board as the agreements are not public knowledge. Wall Street ESTIMATES ESPN brought in 11 billion for Disney. Estimates again, because they dont break it out. Now, how do you break that out for each channel and ad revenue for the ESPN network of channels? More estimating...more estimating = more margin of error. The truth is that the general public will likely never know exact costs.
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Based on the articles linked, it appears that Fox has enough sports to fill Fox Sports 1 and overflow to Fox Sports 2. I am surprised to read that they are only asking 90c to $1 for Fox Sports 1. Perhaps they are asking for other concessions (better tier placement, placement of FS1 and FS2 next to each other in the channel listing, online/download content, etc) along with the reported 90c to $1.
If the content pans out I don't see $1 as a problem.
Edited by James Long, 10 February 2013 - 10:57 PM.