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Is ESPN Irrelevant in Sports Programming?

Discussion in 'Sports Programming and Events' started by Nick, Oct 29, 2006.

  1. Nick

    Nick Retired, part-time PITA DBSTalk Club

    Apr 23, 2002
    Irrelevant, yes. Over, probably not. :shrug:

    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.

    NFL Countdown
    Hot Dog Eating
    Hamburger (eating?)
    Figure Skating
    College Football

    ESPN2 HD
    Drag Racing
    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. :lol:
  2. Cholly

    Cholly Old Guys Rule! DBSTalk Club

    Mar 22, 2004
    Nick: I'll grant you that the schedule doesn't have much going on, but then , there isn't a lot of sports activity at the moment. The baseball season is over and the NBA season hasn't started yet. To their credit, ESPN does have a college football game on today, and tomorrow night, it's Monday Night Football. At least, they're not showing Mickey Mouse Club reruns! :D
  3. SamC

    SamC Hall Of Fame

    Jan 20, 2003
    Yes, by all means run first run live sports vs. the NFL on CBS and Fox and NASCAR on NBC. Yep, that is the ticket right there, bub.
  4. Stewart Vernon

    Stewart Vernon Roving Reporter Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Jan 7, 2005
    Kittrell, NC
    Ummm... since ESPN has never had NFL football during the day on Sunday... and only the Sunday night game when they did have NFL on Sunday until this year... I don't see how comparing today's ESPN lineup makes them now suddenly irrelevant.

    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.
  5. jimbo09

    jimbo09 Godfather

    Sep 26, 2006
    Well for people who don't want to purchase many sports subscriptions (college fb, college bb, mlb, nba) ESPN is a good way to get a lot of sports on the cheap. They ran 2-5 MLB games weekly. with lots of good match-ups. I think they'll run many NBA and college b-ball games coming up soon, as usual.

    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.
  6. Mustang Dave

    Mustang Dave Legend

    Oct 13, 2006
    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. :lol:
  7. agreer

    agreer Godfather

    Apr 7, 2006
    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...
  8. Nov 4, 2006 #8 of 15
    Deke Leonard

    Deke Leonard Cool Member

    Nov 3, 2006
    What I miss about ESPN is that they used to have a couple of hours of Sports Center on in the morning then fill the rest of the day with replays of completed events. I would stay clear of the morning paper and Sports Center so I wouldn't know who won. Not knowing the final, it was like watching it live. I don't care for their orignal programing and 6 hours of repeated Sports Center every morning is just to much. That's the way I see it.
  9. Nov 5, 2006 #9 of 15

    bluedogok Godfather

    Sep 8, 2006
    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.
  10. JM Anthony

    JM Anthony Child of the 60's DBSTalk Gold Club

    Nov 16, 2003
    +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.

  11. colavsfaninnwia

    colavsfaninnwia Godfather

    Jan 25, 2006
    I will add another, how about CFL football?
  12. Deke Leonard

    Deke Leonard Cool Member

    Nov 3, 2006
    Back in the mid to late 80s they had the CFL, I rather enjoyed it.
  13. bluedogok

    bluedogok Godfather

    Sep 8, 2006
    You can find CFL games on the regional sports networks and even a few live games. There are a couple of games showing tonight.
  14. jimbo09

    jimbo09 Godfather

    Sep 26, 2006

    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

    Sunday, November 19 Winnipeg, Manitoba at Canad Inns Stadium 3:00 PM

    Times are PST, of course
  15. kikkenit2

    kikkenit2 Icon

    Oct 25, 2006
    CFL is also shown live in HD on dish ch 9477 Worldsport. HDSportsGuide.com says Grey Cup for sure. Program guide is currently showing to be announced. They also show live soccer from Spain. Anybody else watch the old voom channels?

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