quote:and who comes on their shows? people who talk about sports online
but people talking sports is just as easy to find online
quote:you dont see the difference in having someone like adam schefter on to talk about NFL rumors and you and your buddies shooting the shit?
Seriously, I could get some of my friends together and make a sports talk YouTube channel today.
quote:no matter how badly people on here want it to be false, there is a large portion of this country that still views ESPN as the worldwide leader in sports and they go to ESPN to listen to the people that ESPN brings in to discuss the current topics in sport
and I, from a business perspective, don't understand their logic.
quote:or maybe they should just stick with producing their 30 for 30 series, you know, the series that currently has an academy award nomination
I'd recommend generating some inside content think like Hard Knocks or Last Chance U.
quote:kinda like what they do with the WNBA, womens college basketball, the womens college world series?
If you could generate even a small following by women of a women's sport, all of those people won't be able to cord cut without giving up on watching the sport.
quote:or you can also watch him on TV or listen to him on ESPN radio while he provides context to the stuff he has been tweeting out during the day
I can follow Adam Schefter on Twitter.
quote:and that has frick to do with their content or having "talk shows". every single sport network is trending this way because the old notion of just showing highlights is outdated. it is what it is. these things are cheap and easy to produce and they need to fill programming schedules
That doesn't mean their trajectory isn't heading downwards.
But they pay a lot of their personalities a ton of money. Berman was making like $4/5 million, and I bet he had some stock options on top of that.
Presently ESPN is on the hook for the following yearly rights payments: $1.9 billion a year to the NFL for Monday Night Football, $1.47 billion to the NBA, $700 million to Major League Baseball, $608 million for the College Football Playoff, $225 million to the ACC, $190 million to the Big Ten, $120 million a year to the Big 12, $125 million a year to the PAC 12, and hundreds of millions more to the SEC. At an absolute minimum it would appear that ESPN presently pays out nearly $6 billion a year to sports leagues just in rights fees.