12 million viewers for a game played on a Monday afternoon is a bigger audience than anything else on TV except for all of the other NFL games that air in more desirable time slots.
They gotta dust this off.
Is this the first time that ESPN / ABC have held rights to all of the big four professional team sports leagues simultaneously? Or that any network has?
Good to see with the NHL. NBC has been awesome and Doc Emrick was the best PxP guy in sports IMO.
Still ESPN and FS1 have basically ignored the NHL on their shows which is absurd. Huge sport with decent ratings that gets no love because of its broadcasting partners
Streaming is the future...lots of rumors of Amazon, Disney, Peacock, Hulu, and Netflix trying to lock up exclusive rights for certain sports (and specific games/events/tournaments) within the next few years. Dedicated streaming (NFL.com, NASCAR.com, etc) is also going to be the eventual outcome once the "cord" is permanently cut and we will all basically have Pay-Per-View sports for a subscription fee as our only option, but that is likely 7+ years out.
It’s official now. It’s a bit weird to see that Turner will suddenly have more NHL content than they do NBA content, which is a staple for them and has been for some time.
They're getting simulcast rights on HBO Max which is a big deal. I don’t think linear TV is going away anytime soon but being able to choose between the two is a nice option. Like if in the next deal NBC gave the option to watch NASCAR races on NBC and USA through traditional cable and streaming TV services while also making them available on Peacock Premium.
I think they want to play up some sense of competition to get the rights fee increase they’re looking for, but I agree staying with NBC makes the most sense right now. Winding up on CBSSN or something would be a death knell.That's what I find funny about IndyCar looking at moving off NBC. Going to CBS Sports would mean their races go to CBS Sports Network and Paramount Plus. Going to ESPN means the races end up on ESPN2 and ESPN+. Streaming is here to stay and I don't know why some sports leagues are hellbent on staying linear only.
Amazon Prime has already locked up exclusive rights for Thursday Night Football, and the rumor is NFL Sunday Ticket will move to ESPN+. Peacock already has a ton of sports programming. ESPN+ has been picking up a lot of exclusive NHL and MLB coverage. The NHL deal with TNT includes HBO Max. And I expect ESPN+ will pick up even more MLB, NHL and NBA coverage in the years ahead given what an absolute disaster Bally Sports has turned out to be.
I think they want to play up some sense of competition to get the rights fee increase they’re looking for, but I agree staying with NBC makes the most sense right now. Winding up on CBSSN or something would be a death knell.
The sports leagues definitely need to figure out some sort of streaming option for the regional networks because Bally is for sure a disaster. I haven’t been able to see any local teams since October. It’s asinine that the only way you can legally watch them here is going back to cable, especially with attendance still capped.