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Thread: Is Mike Francesa the luckiest radio host ever?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JBraddock View Post
    SiriusXM tends to make deals with outside entities to fund branded channels. They're probably getting paid or some kind of consideration to create a YES channel.
    I understand that, but it's one thing to get paid channels by musicians whose music is national, it's another thing to create basically a local sports channel. Money is money and they seem to be running out of things to put on their channels.

  2. #12
    Quote Originally Posted by TheBigA View Post
    I understand that, but it's one thing to get paid channels by musicians whose music is national, it's another thing to create basically a local sports channel. Money is money and they seem to be running out of things to put on their channels.
    The Yankees are a national team like the Cowboys are. You would be surprised to see how many people would want a channel like that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Don CT View Post
    The Yankees are a national team like the Cowboys are. You would be surprised to see how many people would want a channel like that.
    Maybe...I see lots of complaints about too many Yankee games on ESPN and MLB. And I think the days of the Cowboys being "America's Team" are over. They've become the team people love to hate.

  4. #14
    Quote Originally Posted by TheBigA View Post
    Maybe...I see lots of complaints about too many Yankee games on ESPN and MLB. And I think the days of the Cowboys being "America's Team" are over. They've become the team people love to hate.
    I have always hated the Cowboys being called "Americas team" but they do bring in ratings and have a huge fan base. The Braves lost that monicker long ago. The Yankees have the history and are in the biggest market so by default they have a big fan base. But like the Red Sox a lot of snow birds moved away form the northeast and still follow the team. Baseball unlike the other sports is regional. Everyone follows every team in football. The Yankees, Red Sox, Dodgers, Cubs all have fans across the country. This is why they can have successful RSN's

  5. #15
    Quote Originally Posted by TTalkradio1 View Post
    He has no radio talent, yet he was given an afternoon show and became a guy who people loved to hate, which gave him good ratings.
    The ability to speak fairly coherently on a topic for hours at a time and attract and hold an audience’s attention is “radio talent” It doesn’t necessarily indicate intellect or other abilities, but, it is a specific type of talent, in my view. As another example, Sean Hannity strikes me as not being an intellectual giant, nor even particularly smart, but, he has the talent to assimilate a lot of information and to recall that information very adroitly.

  6. #16
    Quote Originally Posted by TheBigA View Post
    Maybe...I see lots of complaints about too many Yankee games on ESPN.
    Except those Yankees games -- especially Yankees-Red Sox -- draw eyeballs, and not just from the teams' home markets. Put Twins-Astros on in prime time and only the home-market fans and MLB's outliers, fans who enjoy watching two good teams play, no matter whether they root for either or not, watch. The NFL and NBA have done a much better job of promoting their stars and selling the soap opera aspects of their sports than baseball has, so a prime time Sixers-Rockets matchup on ESPN does much better than a similar MLB game. Both the NBA and, especially, the NFL have the added benefit of gamblers watching, as both leagues are popular vehicles for betting, while MLB betting is a small niche. Gamblers will watch Grizzlies-Timberwolves or Bengals-Lions when they have money on the outcome, and plenty do bet on games like that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee Linwood View Post
    The ability to speak fairly coherently on a topic for hours at a time and attract and hold an audience’s attention is “radio talent” It doesn’t necessarily indicate intellect or other abilities, but, it is a specific type of talent, in my view. As another example, Sean Hannity strikes me as not being an intellectual giant, nor even particularly smart, but, he has the talent to assimilate a lot of information and to recall that information very adroitly.
    Hannity talks like a radio host. Francesa has no radio talent. Getting rid of callers quickly and talking slowly isn't talent.

  8. #18
    Quote Originally Posted by CTListener View Post
    Except those Yankees games -- especially Yankees-Red Sox -- draw eyeballs, and not just from the teams' home markets.
    That's not the Sirius business model. They already have a lot of Yankee fans with Chris Russo. The only real upside is its a sponsored channel.

  9. #19
    Quote Originally Posted by TTalkradio1 View Post
    Hannity talks like a radio host. Francesa has no radio talent. Getting rid of callers quickly and talking slowly isn't talent.
    So listen to Hannity. If you want sports and don't like Mike, listen to WEPN. You have lots of choices. Mike's not going away because of you.

  10. #20
    Quote Originally Posted by TheBigA View Post
    That's not the Sirius business model. They already have a lot of Yankee fans with Chris Russo. The only real upside is its a sponsored channel.
    Russo talks national sports on his radio show and all of MLB on his TV show. He has no baseball rooting interest in New York City. He is a longtime, devoted San Francisco Giants fan, as just about anyone who has ever listened to him during baseball season for any length of time can tell you. Do you even listen to/watch these shows or do you just make assumptions based on who knows what?

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