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Is ESPN Irrelevant in Sports Programming?
Posted 29 October 2006 - 11:46 AM
If you go by their HD tv listings today, ESPN is well on its way to becoming just a
footnote in the 50 year history of tv sports programming. Just take a look at their
pitiful 'sports' tv listings for today's prime sports hours, 12 noon to 11pm, Sunday,
October 29, 2006.
Hot Dog Eating
Streetball (4 hrs)?
Drag Racing (3 hrs)
What a "revoltin' development"!
The good news, of course, is that those avid sports fans who have lost the
remote will get to broaden their scope of interest in other "sports", such as
hot dog eating.
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Posted 29 October 2006 - 01:11 PM
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Posted 29 October 2006 - 01:28 PM
Posted 29 October 2006 - 05:14 PM
They would always have been irrelevant using that logic for the entire history of ESPN's existence since NFL Sunday daytime programming has always been on the OTA networks during ESPN's existence.
Posted 29 October 2006 - 06:59 PM
Sportcenter is the "must see TV' show nightly for most sports fans.
Plus, why bother competing too hard with the NFL on sunday afternoon?
From the first kick-off 'till NBC SNF, they could run ESPNEWS on all their channels for all I care.
With all due respect, I think you are way off base on this one.
Posted 29 October 2006 - 11:20 PM
Posted 30 October 2006 - 08:26 AM
Starting next year ESPN and ESPN2 are making a pretty significant jump into the Nascar circle. The second half of the Nextel Cup season will be split between ESPN and ABC and ESPN2 will air all of the Nextel Busch races. They are also adding supporting Nascar shows and pre-race countdowns. I suppose if one is not a Nascar fan though this ranks about the same as another Hot Dog eating contest.
Now we just need to move Sunday Night Football and I will never have to put up with the bathtub-echo on NBC-HD live feeds...
Posted 04 November 2006 - 12:57 PM
Posted 05 November 2006 - 09:09 PM
Posted 05 November 2006 - 09:51 PM
I wish they still had Australian Rules Football like they did 20 years ago instead of it being relegated to Setanta Sports for an extra fee, which I already pay a bunch for Sunday Ticket, Extra Innings and Center Ice.
+1 I'd like to see them provide even more diversity in their programming. I love some of the sports that don't get a ton of exposure. Table tennis is a good example. Those guys (and gals) are fun to watch.
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Posted 06 November 2006 - 02:44 AM
Posted 06 November 2006 - 11:27 AM
I will add another, how about CFL football?
Back in the mid to late 80s they had the CFL, I rather enjoyed it.
Posted 07 November 2006 - 09:05 PM
Posted 07 November 2006 - 11:40 PM
You can find CFL games on the regional sports networks and even a few live games. There are a couple of games showing tonight.
CFL is shown on the following networks:
Channel 621 – MSGN
Channel 623 – NESN
Channel 624 – FSN NY
Channel 629 – CSN MD/DC
Channel 640 – CSN Chicago
Channel 644 – Altitude
Channel 656 – CSN West
This week are the conference finals, next week is the Grey Cup, all of those games should be shown live. From their webpage here are times for CSN West (No Cal, SF, SJ, Sac, Monterey, Central Coast, etc):
Sunday, November 12 Scotiabank Championship at TBD 12:00 PM
Sunday, November 12 Scotiabank Championship at TBD 3:00 PM
2006 CFL GREY CUP CHAMPIONSHIP
Sunday, November 19 Winnipeg, Manitoba at Canad Inns Stadium 3:00 PM
Times are PST, of course
Posted 13 November 2006 - 07:38 PM