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Looking back at nbc sports network's lack of growth

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03-01-2013, 03:39 AM
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Looking back at nbc sports network's lack of growth


One of the most polarizing questions for sports media onlookers revolves around NBC, and specifically NBC Sports Network's future outlook. The million dollar question that seems to pop up weekly in some form:

Can NBC/Comcast close the gap on ESPN who currently towers above every competitor that spans CBS, NBC, Fox, Sports Illustrated, Turner, and Yahoo?

It's hard to believe it was over three years ago when it was announced Comcast would acquire a majority stake in NBC Universal, a deal which set the framework for the full out acquisition of NBC Universal that recently was completed.

When the deal was initially announced back in December in 2009, many including myself, thought there was some potential for the combined assets of Comcast and NBC to mount a challenge to ESPN. Maybe it was wishful thinking as I know many sports fans I talk to are getting tired of being dependent on ESPN for so much of their programming.

Perhaps the optimism surrounding the combined company was part nostalgia as sports fans my age grew up with a 1990's that saw NBC hold a full house of rights that are astounding in hindsight. Per Wikipedia (see that's not too hard Lynn Hoppes):

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Wouldn't they have to be a basic cable channel if they were to compete with ESPN?

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