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ESPN Layoffs 4 months 1 week ago #253524

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ESPN Layoffs 4 months 1 week ago #253536

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Linda Cohn was quoted as saying that the reason for the cuts were the huge fees that ESPN pays for the rights to broadcast games. I also read that ESPN has lost lots of viewers in the past couple of years. I would think that lots of people are moving away from cable and satellite TV and using other means to watch programming.
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ESPN Layoffs 4 months 1 week ago #253537

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cutting the cord is a big issue
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ESPN Layoffs 4 months 1 week ago #253540

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MarkRedman wrote:
Linda Cohn was quoted as saying that the reason for the cuts were the huge fees that ESPN pays for the rights to broadcast games. I also read that ESPN has lost lots of viewers in the past couple of years. I would think that lots of people are moving away from cable and satellite TV and using other means to watch programming.

I've read that there was about a 10 million subscriber drop last year due to cord cutting. The four core ESPN channels (flagship, 2, U and News) generate around $8 per month per household so a 10 mill drop is almost a $1 billion drop in annual revenues. That's a lot of money, even for Disney, especially since the trend is expected to continue and grow., Sports leagues should also take notice., The days of exponentially growing TV rights for all but the NFL are likely over.
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ESPN Layoffs 4 months 1 week ago #253541

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OK maybe that 10 million was an exaggeration or maybe it is what they are forecast to lose in 2017. But they're losing subscribers rapidly.

www.outkickthecoverage.com/espn-loses-62...mpany-history-102916
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ESPN Layoffs 4 months 1 week ago #253550

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Most of their radio personalities are unlistenable. How does it help them to cut a guy like Ed Werder? Steven A Smith and Dick Vitale should have been first
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ESPN Layoffs 4 months 1 week ago #253606

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mjmaherjr wrote:
cutting the cord is a big issue

I did it last year. Went to Sling (NBC Sports and Fox, no ESPN). All the hockey, baseball, soccer (EPL & Bundesliga), college basketball and Aussie Rules I can handle. Love the AFL. Plus I get Fargo and Better Call Saul!! All for $25.

The only thing I miss from ESPN is college football but I prefer high school football anyway... ESPN has become to sports what MTV is to music.

Side note, sad to read about Berman's wife. When I lived in CT, I drove that section of road many a times...
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TX Redman wrote:
mjmaherjr wrote:
cutting the cord is a big issue

I did it last year. Went to Sling (NBC Sports and Fox, no ESPN). All the hockey, baseball, soccer (EPL & Bundesliga), college basketball and Aussie Rules I can handle. Love the AFL. Plus I get Fargo and Better Call Saul!! All for $25.

The only thing I miss from ESPN is college football but I prefer high school football anyway... ESPN has become to sports what MTV is to music.

Side note, sad to read about Berman's wife. When I lived in CT, I drove that section of road many a times...

Let's Go West Coast Eagles!
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ESPN Layoffs 4 months 1 week ago #253700

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For the Thread Purists, I moved the rest of the TV discussion here:

redmen.com/forum/37-players-lounge/46426...-cutting.html#253609
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