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Re: Fox Sports 1...Serious Threat to ESPN?

I don't think Fox Sports 1 expects to immediately overtake ESPN. To come right out of the box and go toe-to-toe with them right now won't happen. They will need to build a niche and then slowly work their way to the level that ESPN is. Down the road, that might be a reality.

Rupert Murdoch might be a sleazeball and have the ethics of ringworm, but the man has been able to bring Fox to credibility going back to when the first "Married with Children" episode aired. Back in the days when Johnny Carson ruled late night TV with the "Tonight Show", Fox signed Arsenio Hall which lasted only a few years but took away many of the children of Carson viewers, which hurt NBC. However, the big bomb that really cemented Fox as a competitor to the Big Three (ABC, CBS, NBC) was when they got the rights to the NFL in 1994. No one saw it coming, and it helped Fox go even higher.

Fox News Channel did the same thing. Politics notwithstanding, Murdoch launched that channel to take on CNN. At the time, CNN was seen as untouchable. Today, Fox News' audience at least doubles or triples that of CNN.

ESPN knows this is not like NBC Sports or CBS Sports, both of which are mediocre. They're ready to hold onto the rights they really want. They allowed their contract with the Barclays EPL to expire, plus they will be done with NASCAR and the US Open in golf after 2014. They're going to double down on keeping MNF, the BCS, and the NBA plus having MLB coverage.



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Re: Fox Sports 1...Serious Threat to ESPN?

I'll be watching tonight and I do hope there is some competition between the two networks. The only shows I watch on ESPN are Around the Horn and PTI.

I do hope they get some NBA coverage as well, especially the Finals.

Also Charissa Thompson is on FS1


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If anyone gets NBA Finals coverage I hope TNT does considering they have by far the best NBA coverage. They can air the games on CBS with the TNT crew like they do with March Madness.

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Re: Fox Sports 1...Serious Threat to ESPN?

I was watching a preview of FS1 and i saw a show called "Crowd goes wild." Looking at the cast and content of the show, I think it could turn out to be one of the worst sports shows in recent memory.

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Re: Fox Sports 1...Serious Threat to ESPN?

Wait hold the fuck up... Gary Payton is gonna be on this channel? Plz hire Chris Webber too



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Re: Fox Sports 1...Serious Threat to ESPN?

The next big package that they could be up for is the Big 10, imo. ESPN and TNT aren't gonna let the NBA go, and I believe the Big 10's contract with ESPN runs out in 2015. The Big 10 isn't married to ESPN at all (with it's Conference Championship games being on Fox for Football and CBS for Basketball) and if Fox were to dish out the big bucks there they would get some good content. People will definitley pay to watch OSU, UM, Nebraska, Penn State, etc. Plus Big 10 is one of the few conferences that is routinely competitive in both of the big 2 sports (actually can't think of another conference that is like that).

That's what I'm guessing FS1 is gonna hold out for. Delaney knows he's got leverage on ESPN and if FS1 is willing to dish out bucketloads he won't be afraid to run to them, especially with an already existing relationship. Plus GUS calling games would be



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Re: Fox Sports 1...Serious Threat to ESPN?

I'll be interested to see how the coverage is tonight of the UFC card. My wife is out with the girls for her birthday and my daughters are having a sleepover at the neighbor's next door so me and my son can do that male-bonding thing and see how Fox does this event.



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Re: Fox Sports 1...Serious Threat to ESPN?

I don't think it'll be any different than how they've covered every other UFC event they've had.


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Re: Fox Sports 1...Serious Threat to ESPN?

I'm fairly excited, if only for as Simmons and Whitlock, who ESPN poached back from Fox, said, competition can only improve Espn.

I'm fairly intrigued with their side projects with Nate Silver and what becomes of the black version of Grantland.
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Re: Fox Sports 1...Serious Threat to ESPN?

so uhhhhhhh Fox Sports Live is just as garbage and unfunny as sports center. also had Andy Roddick talking baseball.


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