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I won't say no one. But definitely way less people than they seem to think. Like maybe 1000s. Yet they keep pushing it, like there are millions of people anticipating layups and set shots.

 

And I really don't give a hoot about Candace Parker's take on the game. It's like talking sports with the wife.

 

Jus sayin

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I went to Look at past champions, it's all Uconn and there hasn't been a competitive championship game since 2006. 

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14 hours ago, DigglerontheHoof said:

No one gives a shit about women’s basketball.

but we are okay with them broadcasting the cornhole tournament - right?

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1 hour ago, Wally Fairway said:

but we are okay with them broadcasting the cornhole tournament - right?

 

It probably gets better ratings. 

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11 hours ago, Wally Fairway said:

but we are okay with them broadcasting the cornhole tournament - right?

Yes. That is exactly why ESPN used to be great. They would broadcast random ass sports and people would watch 

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On ‎3‎/‎27‎/‎2018 at 7:45 PM, Neonmoon said:

Yes. That is exactly why ESPN used to be great. They would broadcast random ass sports and people would watch 

Yup - that is where I learned to love Australian rules football and the lumberjack competition (NTTAWWT)

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On 3/27/2018 at 6:45 PM, Neonmoon said:

Yes. That is exactly why ESPN used to be great. They would broadcast random ass sports and people would watch 

Move that shit to The Ocho.

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NBCSN is doing a good job with live coverage of secondary sports.  Great coverage of the NHL, EPL, America's Cup, Tour de France, Australian Big Bash Cricket, English Premiership Rugby, and more.  

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On 3/29/2018 at 9:11 AM, Wally Fairway said:

Yup - that is where I learned to love Australian rules football and the lumberjack competition (NTTAWWT)

Lumberjack competition was/is one of the greatest spectacles of sport. Love it. 

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On ‎3‎/‎26‎/‎2018 at 11:56 PM, Dewey said:

I went to Look at past champions, it's all Uconn and there hasn't been a competitive championship game since 2006. 

I was flipping channels over the weekend and want to say that both semi-finals games and the championship game were great games to watch (or at least the end of them - which is about all that I didn't flip around on) and were much better than either of the mens games on Saturday.

All that being said - I didn't intend to watch any of them, but caught them while skipping commercials on other programs.

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On 3/27/2018 at 6:45 PM, Neonmoon said:

Yes. That is exactly why ESPN used to be great. They would broadcast random ass sports and people would watch 

Like the old ABC Wide World Of Sports. They should bring it back. It never should have ended.

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It appears that the ESPN+ streaming service will lack some features that some cord cutters would covet, as NFL & NBA...
 

 
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What ESPN’s New Streaming Service Doesn’t Have and What It Needs
ESPN+ won’t have many major live sports broadcasts, so don’t expect it to replace your cable package
By Riley McAtee Apr 2, 2018, 4:33pm EDT

After years of hinting at it, ESPN is finally releasing its own subscription streaming service. On Monday, the cable-sports giant announced that it will launch ESPN+ on April 12, and ESPN promises that the service, which it set to cost $4.99 per month, will be the “premier all-in-one digital sports platform for fans.” ESPN+ will have studio shows, a “library of award-winning on-demand programming,” and “thousands of live sports events,” but a deeper look at the lineup reveals it to be underwhelming. It’s lacking the main thing sports fans want to watch: sports.

As far as live events go, here’s what the service has:

One MLB game every day during baseball season.
One NHL game every day during hockey season.

A “selection of exclusive main event” boxing fights, and more undercard fights.
Every out-of-market MLS game (subject to blackouts) and local-market Chicago Fire games.
College sports from these conferences: “America East, ASun, Big South, Big West, Horizon, Ivy League, MAAC, MAC, MEAC, Missouri Valley, NEC, Southern Conference, Southland, Summit League, Sun Belt, WAC, and many more.”
PGA Tour coverage including Thursday, Friday, and “some” Saturday and Sunday play.
Grand Slam tennis coverage that’s billed as a “complement” for tennis fans.
Rugby and cricket coverage.

That list of ESPN+ live content reads like a group of castoffs: programming not valuable enough to appear on one of ESPN’s eight cable networks (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN Classic, ESPNews, ESPN Deportes, Longhorn Network, SEC Network). ESPN’s press release makes no mention of the NFL or NBA at all. There will be no Monday Night Football, and neither of ESPN’s two weekly NBA games will appear on the platform. Plus, no live event that is on one of ESPN’s eight cable networks will be on ESPN+.

The options for cord-cutters who want ESPN’s channels are hit-and-miss. People can purchase Sling TV for $20 a month and get ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPN3. For $40 a month, viewers can hop over to YouTube TV and get ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNews, ESPNU, SEC Network, as well as a handful of other sports networks. Even more sports channels are available on PlayStation Vue, but the best package for sports fans there runs $55 per month, which basically sounds like cable TV in a different wrapper.

But right now ESPN+ provides only a small slice of live sports, and so ESPN will remain behind in the streaming game. Viewers still want to watch the live sports ESPN broadcasts every year on its cable channels, but they increasingly don’t want to pay for bloated cable packages to do so. ESPN+ doesn’t address either of those desires.

 

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1 hour ago, kopp0e said:

It appears that the ESPN+ streaming service will lack some features that some cord cutters would covet, as NFL & NBA...
 

 

 

 

Also charging a fee for games that are currently available for free. 

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Not an ESPN fan, but after one race carrying British Sky Sports coverage of F1, they did get smart and do something Speed, Fox, and NBC never did with F1. They went ad-free with one sponsor. Mother's Car Polish is providing the whole season ad-free, so we got that going for us.

The move generated a big buzz & a lot of good will for Mother's. Hopefully we can see more of this kinda thing in the future for other sports as well.

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3 hours ago, JimmyHoffa said:

 

Also charging a fee for games that are currently available for free. 

I hadn't noticed that, but now that you mention it, I guess that means the death of ESPN 3...

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Well, ESPN3 games aren’t free. They require a participating ISP or cable provider. Or student or military.

 

ESPN+ is a different service for people that don’t have that. NFL and NBA have very (expensive) strict carriage contracts with their broadcast partners. They are getting paid a lot for exclusive league packages.

 

I would expect for the next round of broadcast negotiations to be wide open.

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Okay, I may have been drunk. Seems like they are moving a lot of stuff to +.  MLS Live is worth it alone. Just paid for a year.

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It was $50. We spent twice that on BBQ for lunch today. MLS Live was $60 or so.

Edited by skipperj

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Actually just had a great laugh watching ESPN highlights on SportsCenter...

Batter hits a homerun, and the announcer sounds like Stuart Scott when he says:

 "He smoked that pitch like a Swisher!!"  😂😂😂

swisher_sweets_cigarillos_-_strawberry.j

Sure was fun to watch some highlights that were just about sports!!!

RIP Stuart 🙏

 

Edited by LTtxfan

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