DOLPHINS: Sunday Ticket
Mark S. Clark
clark.m.s at gmail.com
Sat Feb 6 03:31:54 GMT 2010
I can't imagine there will EVER come a time when there's not a game on the
"free" networks during the two afternoon time slots at least.
I would imagine that the advent of NFL RedZone has hurt DirecTV, at least to
some small degree with the potential for more damage. I know that I
personally love the fact that I can see all the "as-they-happen" highlights
in Hi-Def for only $6/month, and as I've said, it actually makes me glad
that I have Dish instead of DirecTV (where it would cost me Sunday Ticket
AND Superfan to get RedZone).
Sure, I don't get to see every single Dolphins game, but I do get to see
every single Dolphins score, and if it's a good enough game, it might either
be televised or shown on NFL Replay.
Point is, I did not feel any kind of "emptiness" this past season wrt the
Also as I've said before, I can't believe that DirecTV will keep the
exclusivity for too much longer, because the only way to do that would be to
consistently raise the price to cover the inevitable rising cost of that
exclusivity, and eventually it will not be worth it to the average
subscriber. There is a limit to what most people will pay for a luxury.
What I CAN see happening is NFL network eventually taking over one of the
primetime games (most likely Monday night).
Of course, that's purely speculation based on ESPN being so lame.
Anyway, I'm not sure I even stayed on topic, but there it is. :-)
On Fri, Feb 5, 2010 at 9:32 PM, ldouglas <ldouglas at gmail.com> wrote:
> well, you don't get 33 shares or grow the game by not having the games
> on broadcast TV.
> On 2/5/10, Richie Wohlers <richiewohlers at gmail.com> wrote:
> > I would think the money is there for the NFL one way or another.
> > Current system, I watch a lot of football on Sundays, but sometimes don't
> > watch because I don't like the game choices I have. (I don't have
> > Alternate system, I watch the same amount of football that I currently
> > watch, PLUS I watch even more because there are more games that interest
> > since I have the option of watching ANY available game.
> > So each NFL fan's total NFL viewing is not going to decrease. It looks
> > the complaint is with the local affiliates, because instead of watching
> > regular feed, I will watch the feed from, say, Detroit instead.
> > Possible solutions:
> > - How about my local CBS affiliate offer EVERY CBS NFL telecast on a
> > through my cable system - then they can just sell their ads across all
> > games.
> > - The NFL has already jumped into the broadcast game with NFL Network.
> > NFL just says bye-bye to the networks, and self-broadcast all their
> > and offer them through a Sunday Ticket package available on all satellite
> > and cable systems.
> > On Fri, Feb 5, 2010 at 4:40 PM, ldouglas <ldouglas at gmail.com> wrote:
> >> Saw this on a message board I frequent:
> >> "For DirecTV, they'll never give up the exclusivity on Sunday Ticket
> >> if they can help it as it is arguably their biggest marketing tool
> >> (plus you have to pay extra for non-local games in HD).
> >> The NFL actually isn't necessarily leaving money on the table though.
> >> It is a poorly-kept secret that CBS and FOX would seriously consider
> >> dropping their coverage or trying to cut back to 1-2 games apiece if
> >> Sunday Ticket were on cable or maybe even DISH.
> >> The affiliates (especially non-O&O stations) depend on local
> >> advertising breaks and more Sunday Ticket viewers- which are never
> >> counted towards local ratings- would likely KILL their ad revenue. CBS
> >> and FOX need affiliates which are financially viable and help pay the
> >> network bills."
> >> I know we've talked about TV issues here before but I've never heard
> >> the "CBS/FOX would only produce one game per timeslot" angle.
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