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ABC going after NFL Sunday package?

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On 1/11/2019 at 8:03 PM, TSSZNews said:

 

1st game is simulcast, 2nd game is ESPN only.  Done.

 

 

Abstract idea - east coast/central stations run an abbreviated version of their late local news in place of the halftime show in this scenario.

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On 1/10/2019 at 12:43 AM, Eat News said:

Who wants to pay a premium for declining ratings and overall dis-satisfaction by viewers?

Advertisers see the real ratings and not the sanitized version the Nielsen Company gives to the public.

 

It's NOT pretty...and the NFL also has a serious problem with lagging attendance at games.

People don't want to shell out hundreds of dollars to watch a protest.

 

The pro-sports TV heydays are gone....ESPN is toast...and advertisers will no longer pay premiums to view the NFL's garbage.

The only way the NFL might survive is to cut all telecast back to 3 cameras...and force the viewers BACK into the stands for the au-natural experience.

For the record they have stopped kneeling...

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On 1/12/2019 at 7:22 PM, GoldenShine9 said:

One alternative could be to share all Sunday coverage between the four networks, allowing all of ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC to do games free of conference?

I don’t think that will happen. The NFL wants to make as much money as they can.  If each network gets a shot at games then they have no reason to pay the current rate.  They NFL wants a bidding war. 

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3 minutes ago, CRThell said:

 

It's kinda funny - a large reason MNF shifted is because Disney wanted to command those huge sub fees for ESPN. Now that digital and streaming have fragmented the market, they realize they  need marquee games on a marquee network to justify the continued cost and effort.

 

Guessing it will end up back on ABC as an ESPN simulcast, like they do with the Pro Bowl now.

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I've been campaigning for this for years. 'Dancing with the Stars' is not getting a spring season this year, for the first time in its history, and is not a guarantee to return in the fall. That would certainly open up some valuable real estate on ABC's schedule. It could also give ESPN the opportunity to let their creative juices flow. Seeing the simulcasts that the network runs across the ESPN networks for various events could open the door to a MNF statcast, or a separate coaches'/players' commentary feed on cable.

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I think Disney might be righting a wrong they made in 2006, they made big mistakes in the late 2000s not only turning ABC Sports into a simulcast of sports programming seen on ESPN but migrating all of the major events (except the NBA Finals) from ABC to ESPN.

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I remember when Disney starving ABC of sports was seen as Smart Business. Doesn't even feel like it was that long ago.

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20 hours ago, channel2 said:

I remember when Disney starving ABC of sports was seen as Smart Business. Doesn't even feel like it was that long ago.

That was before ESPN (and other cable networks) got hit with a wave of cord-cutting (that still continues to this day). ESPN is wising up and realizing it was a mistake to starve ABC nearly of all of the sports programming.

 

Although I will say, I think ABC losing the Indianapolis 500 (and a few other IndyCar races) to NBC was a wake-up call for ESPN

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Sorry for the bump, but as a part of ABC's primetime coverage of the NFL Draft, it was announced today that Robin Roberts will return to her ESPN roots as the host on the main network.

 

https://espnmediazone.com/us/press-releases/2019/03/good-morning-america-co-anchor-robin-roberts-to-host-the-abc-television-networks-first-ever-coverage-of-the-nfl-draft-live-april-25-from-nashville/

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