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02-22-2013, 07:01 PM
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Originally Posted by berklon View Post
I'm having a good laugh at all the anti-ESPN comments.

ESPN is covering what the viewers want them to cover, otherwise no one would be watching ESPN. Simple supply and demand.
Exactly. The majority wants to see this. NBC sports is getting crumbs
Originally Posted by Gobias Industries View Post
Counterpoint from a Canadian NBA fan:

TSN is probably guilty of the opposite, only to a higher degree.
TSN is not as bad. Remember they have to cover 7 teams now.

Originally Posted by Crease View Post
NHL and NBA national and local TV ratings are not as far apart as ESPN's news coverage of NHL and NBA.

ESPN has a TV deal with NBA. Through 2015-2016, ESPN and ESPN2 air 75 regular season games per season as well one of the conference finals. ABC airs 15 regular season games per season and the entire NBA finals. Beyond ratings for Sportscenter, PTI, and Around the Horn, ESPN sells ad time during their NBA broadcasts. It's in their financial interest to use their shows to boost interest in upcoming NBA games. Obviously they don't have this double-pronged motivation with the NHL. That said, they didn't do the best job promoting the game while they did have NHL broadcasting rights. So who knows.
National Ratings. The NHL fails there. That's the issue.

Originally Posted by berklon View Post

Why aren't there complaints that they don't cover cricket? You think it may have something to do with the amount of people who watch ESPN who aren't interested in it?

If you don't get your hockey fix from ESPN, change the channel. Those who don't care about the lack of hockey coverage on ESPN will continue to watch. Judging by the number of people who watch ESPN, the lack of hockey coverage is a non-issue.

No use crying about it.
I agree. These people could get NBC sports or or whatever.

Originally Posted by Crease View Post
If you watch their highlight shows and talk shows regularly, it's fairly obvious that viewer demand is not the only driver of content. The other major factor is marketing.

For example, ever since ESPN took over broadcasting rights to Monday Night Football, they pretty much dedicate highlight and talk shows to drum up interest for the game in the 24-48 hours leading up to it.

During college bowl season, ESPN is even more obvious about their intentions. During the Fiesta Bowl, ESPN kept reminding viewers to tune into the BBVA Compass Bowl, while completely ignoring the existence of the much bigger Cotton Bowl, which was going to be aired on Fox. Surely you don't have to guess which game the average sports fan cared more about.
Very true. Marketing. But NHL is primarily responsible for that.

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