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  1. #11
    Quote Originally Posted by umfan View Post
    It might make sense for them to slim down their offerings, but they would need more than one to meet their commitments, as other posters have noted.
    I suppose ESPN Classic and ESPNNews might be expendable, but even those channels occasionally get live games -- or at least their opening minutes -- when games on ESPN and ESPN2 run long.

  2. #12
    Or maybe when the college contracts runs out they will merge those secondary channels.

  3. #13
    Quote Originally Posted by TVCOOL View Post
    Or maybe when the college contracts runs out they will merge those secondary channels.
    ESPN is locked into a lot of deals, pro and college, well into the next decade. It will have to figure out how to deal with cord cutting and hope that the something-for-nothing mindset of the millennials toward media content shifts. That attitude is causing misery for many media organizations, from newspapers to magazines to TV networks to websites. The internet generation has gotten the idea that a monthly payment to an ISP ought to be the only money it has to shell out for content, as if all the websites available through the ISP are somehow getting their share of that monthly payment.

    It's the same stupidity that causes them to object to commercials on cable channels "because I'm paying to watch them." Well, a small portion of what they pay the cable company does indeed go to the cable networks, but that money alone doesn't come close to supporting those networks' programming and operational costs. You tell them that and they roll their eyes.

  4. #14
    Quote Originally Posted by TVCOOL View Post
    Or maybe when the college contracts runs out they will merge those secondary channels.
    And then do what with those channels? They aren't the channels with the big costs, and they bring audience to the ESPN commercials.

  5. #15
    BigA is correct, channels that primarily play prerecorded or archive content that ESPN already owns the rights to, are the least-cost channels to run.

    Talent contracts, especially considering the number of them involved, are the low hanging fruit for potential cuts. The key is to parlay those savings back into tying up the various exclusive sports rights fees to ensure ESPN is the only place viewers, on line or cable, go for those sports. One doesn't need a panel of six pundits for every college football pregame and halftime.

  6. #16
    Quote Originally Posted by Kelly A View Post
    One doesn't need a panel of six pundits for every college football pregame and halftime.

    That's exactly right. It was interesting to watch how NBC Sportschannel is handling the Stanley Cups, with the same team doing all pre-game and halftime. Seems to me the NCAA basketball playoffs were done by basically the same pundits across all channels. Fox FS1 has been using the MLB Channel guys for the past two years.

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