Frankly, whether DirecTV thinks this market is important or not (sans NFL Sunday Ticket in two years) is for them to estimate and for all of us to look back and ponder.
I just don't see how Sunday Ticket is relevant to the casual sports fan at this point. Red Zone is widely available and there's a ton of games already on CBS, FOX, NBC, ESPN and NFL Network. Unless you are a fan of a specific team I just don't see it.
By the way, I feel the same way about MLB Extra Innings, NBA League Pass and NHL Center Ice. Between ESPN, TBS, FOX, WGN, MLB Network and your local RSN's, there's a ton of baseball games. Between ESPN,TNT,NBA TV, ABC and your RSN's, there's a ton of basketball games. Between NBC, NBCSN, NHL Network and your local RSN's, there's a ton of hockey games.
Obviously there is a market or they wouldn't offer the packages (and I'm sure they are still widely sold in sports bars), but at the residential level, outside of transplants, I just don't need those packages anymore, but if I moved to another part of the country, I might have a different opinion. It also probably helps that I have 2 teams each of NBA, MLB and NHL in my market.
Edited by tjguitar, 03 July 2013 - 11:15 PM.