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dlr5288
dlr5288
10/31/2016 7:02:56 PM
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Re: Sports Programming Losing Edge
Yes, I agree! I understand that comapnies want to keep things how they have always been. Don't want to chnage. However, they have to keep up with the times and other businesses that are changing.

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DHagar
DHagar
10/31/2016 2:59:42 PM
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Re: Changing Priorities
@elizabethv - great example of what most people really want - to know who's winning. And I don't think there are limits - because there are more limits to how many games are being played at one time.  People today want to know the results, unless the true sports fans - who want to watch the entire game played out.

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elizabethv
elizabethv
10/30/2016 9:19:15 AM
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Re: Sports Programming Losing Edge
@freehe - That's a pretty valid point. Sports owners don't really seem to be changing their game plans any to try to earn or retain the viewership of their consumers. It's just business as usual. I'm not a big sports person, but I would imagine the biggest chunk of their revenue comes from actual sporting events anyway, which is a different beast altogether. Even as someone who doesn't watch a whole lot of sports, I do enjoy going to a sporting event, even for teams, and sports I have no interest in. Even so, people are probably more likely to spend the insane amount on tickets to go to a sporting event if they enjoy watching the team. What better way to gain fans and people who want to watch your team than making sure they are willing to watch it on TV too. 

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freehe
freehe
10/29/2016 3:40:09 PM
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Sports Programming Losing Edge
Yes sports programming is losing its edge. Nothing last forever and the sports programming companies are still using the old model of getting sales and retaining viewers. Viewers have so many options now that companies must change their business model to remain competitive and successful.

Reality TV has captured a huge audience as well as new and independent tv show options such as Amazon Prime, Hulu and Netflix. Viewers can record and watch sporting events at any time versus before forced to watch them live.

 

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elizabethv
elizabethv
10/29/2016 10:03:52 AM
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Re: Changing Priorities
@DHagar - it also just occurred to me that Google gives you game scores and updates as the games progress. So you really never even have to tap into Facebook. An alert goes on a banner on the top of my phone every time either team scores - once I let Google know what teams I want to know about. I only have two teams that Google updates me on though, and I'm not sure if there's a limit on the number of teams you can be updated on. I know there are people who would want to know all of the scores for all of the games. 

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DHagar
DHagar
10/25/2016 5:27:12 PM
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Re: Changing Priorities
@elizabethv, great examples.  Plus, you may actually be wanting to know the scores and "tune in" to several games at once.  In today's environment the customer is in the driver's seat.

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elizabethv
elizabethv
10/25/2016 4:47:21 PM
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Re: Changing Priorities
@DHagar - You make a great point, social media changes the "game" per se where viewing habits are concerned as well. If have your news feed is posting updates about the game, there isn't much need to stay glued to a set to make sure you don't miss anything. And if someone mentions an amazing play, and you want to go back and see it, it is generally pretty easy to catch a replay, and if it's too late for that, there's always the internet to help you find it....

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elizabethv
elizabethv
10/24/2016 4:51:28 AM
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Re: Maybe it's just a tl;dr world
@JohnBarnes - I would completely agree - it is definitely a tl;dr world. I'm not a big sports fan, so the beauty you see in watching a full game is lost on me. I do enjoy the Yankees (family tradition) but seeing regular season games are rare to begin with, so I've become so accustomed to just checking the final scores at the end of the game I think that's probably all I would do even if I suddenly had the ability to watch the games regularly. In the rare occasion anymore that they actually make it to the play-offs, I'll try to catch a few games. But just the knowledge of the ending score is really just enough for me. Thinking about that long term I can see how it wouldn't make for a very profitable season if everyone was just happy with the end score. 

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Itsmeshawn22
Itsmeshawn22
10/21/2016 5:41:31 PM
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sports programming losing its edge
I agree with direct tv they do have the best subscriction with american football (nfl). I believe that direct tv will allways be great with ports subscribtions such as NFL, NBA, Hockey, etc. I really cant believe that the nfl 13.4% this year.I would allways thought that the nfl would never go down. I think it is great that the olympics streaming went up 29% from previous games.

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JohnBarnes
JohnBarnes
10/19/2016 10:44:20 PM
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Maybe it's just a tl;dr world
Just a suggestion, pulling several threads together here, but in some seriousness: sports events build meaning over time. You can't know whether a given play will or won't mean anything 3/4 of the way through the game before it begins, let alone what it will mean. Part of the pleasure of following a game, for hundreds of years, has been watching the slow formation of meaning, and then seeing that meaning change explosively with a big play or a surprising turn.

But nowadays, nobody does that except the sportscasters (and some of us fossils). So there's little point in a live game, because you don't care what comes next or what could happen; you can get that from the little score box at the bottom of the screen. Many of the audience just want to see that amazing moment of grace, strength, or speed, and then cut to the next one.

Seems dull to me but that's what the ratings seem to be saying.

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