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Old 08-09-2013, 08:29 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Sometime back, there was a thread here about all that was wrong with the Mothership (as Dan Patrick calls the four-letter sports network). Well, ESPN needs to bring it's A game now because on August 17, Speed Network will re-launch to become Fox Sports 1 and Fuel TV will become Fox Sports 2. It is hoping to ultimately launch into 90 million homes (although as of right now they are still negotiating new carriage deals with DirecTV, Dish, and Time Warner Cable) and is preparing itself to be a serious threat to ESPN.

It is already set with Major League Baseball, college football and basketball, the NFL, NASCAR and UFC. Plus, Fox Sports has inked a deal starting in 2015 to carry golf's US Open.

I'm actually looking forward to seeing what Fox Sports 1 can offer. I only find myself watching ESPN when there is a sporting event on, and otherwise catch glimpses of ESPN News, Mike and Mike, and the Sports Reporters.

I have to wonder, can FS1...provided they can get carriage deals done with everyone...eventually become a serious challenger to the sports empire that Bristol has built up?
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Didn't they give fucking Regis Philbin a late night show? Get the fuck out of here. ESPN countered by bringing back Olberman for the same.
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God I hope so. ESPN is UNWATCHABLE to the point where I...don't watch it. I can't. The people they have do commentary for college basketball are horrible. Dick Vitale makes me wanna kill myself. Doris Burke's NBA commentary. The production quality of their NBA broadcasts is shit compared to NBC. They ran with fucking Mark Jackson for like 5 years. Horrible. No effort whatsoever on their part. They just run the same shit out there every week and it's boring.

FS1 picked up those two Canadian SportsCentre guys and I hope they help put FS1 on the map and make ESPN step their fucking game up. Actually I don't even care if ESPN does step their game up because I'm not going back.
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Eh, I have no interest of Fox Sports. ESPN has too many good programs I watch.
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Not yet but it was much fucking needed. I wish it alot of success.
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I hope it's great so ESPN can buy some clues and have to actually work on their content.
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I hope so. ESPN is so terrible. SportsCenter has got to be one of the worst shows on TV. The anchors are there for themselves and always make the show about themselves, not the highlights. Speaking of highlights, they are few and far between and most of the time they don't even show all of the games that happened on the day. They always talk about irrelevant shit (like if LeBron should wear his headband for the next game) and always have "guests" come on to promote their new show or movie. Most of the time these fuckers don't even know shit about sports. ESPN always spends way too much time on a couple teams or cities disregarding the other 95% of the league. The analysts they have are horrible and so are the announcers they have. Also, when they show the extremely rare soccer highlight they don't even take it seriously and just make fun of the players' names. The only real highlight show ESPN had was Highlight Express on ESPNEWS and they took that off.

I find that league specific channels are so much better in the presentation, analysis, and discussion then ESPN. MLBTV, NBATV, FOX SOCCER, NFL Network, etc. I'm just glad that I don't have to watch ESPN anymore since I get all of the league specific sports channels. So, let's just hope that FOX Sports 1 doesn't go the route of ESPN.
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Remember when ESPN did that TitleTown USA crap all through the summer a few years ago? Every episode of SportsCenter featured like 10 minutes of them trying to decide what city in the USA was 'Titletown' and then some bumfuck town in Georgia that nobody has ever heard of won. Quality TV.

http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/titletown/

Here is some nightmare fuel for anyone who watched SportsCenter that summer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cnjSlH01k-s
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I am very excited for Fox Sports 1. While I'm sure I'll still watch ESPN a fair amount, I'm definitely going to give Fox Sports 1 a fair amount of viewing. I'm tired of a lot of ESPN's shit, and I hope that FS1 can be a good counter. The fact that Fox already owns a bunch of the rights to sports helps them out a great deal, as well. I doubt I'll watch it a lot initially, since they won't be carrying MLB until next season, which'd probably be the majority of what I'd watch on there.
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Didn't they give fucking Regis Philbin a late night show? Get the fuck out of here. ESPN countered by bringing back Olberman for the same.
Olbermann has tarnished himself with his years of political bantering. I know I have no intention of watching his new show. Sportscenter has apparently become Night at the Improv. Every single highlight has to have a joke attached to it to the point I'm ready to scratch my eyes out.

I do like the roster of ex-athletes they are lining up...Uhrlacher, McNabb, and I hear Randy Moss is close to a deal with them. Gary Payton on the NBA will be refreshing, Payton was always honest. I liked Charissa Thompson on SportsNation...just not the same with Max Kellerman and Marcellus.

I know they will move over MLB games starting next year, they also have the new Big East basketball conference which I personally think will be awesome. They could really use some more help by cinching up a deal with the NBA or to get Monday Night Football, although I could see them trying to eventually move an NFL game to FS1 as part of their package.

I know I'm ready to give Fox Sports 1 a chance, and if nothing else make ESPN step up their game and get back to what it was before they just sat back and rested on their laurels.
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