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Potential Fox-Disney Deal & ESPN impact
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If ESPN takes over the regional Fox Sports stations could it add inventory to both the SEC and ACC Networks and perhaps lead to a merger of several of the Big 12-State channels into some sort of Big 12 network? Seems like it would be easier to work out some sort of co-branding/sister station affiliation with the LHN if the lesser tier Big 12 rights come under the purview of the House of Mouse...
12-05-2017 11:31 PM
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(12-05-2017 11:31 PM)CarlSmithCenter Wrote:  story here

If ESPN takes over the regional Fox Sports stations could it add inventory to both the SEC and ACC Networks and perhaps lead to a merger of several of the Big 12-State channels into some sort of Big 12 network? Seems like it would be easier to work out some sort of co-branding/sister station affiliation with the LHN if the lesser tier Big 12 rights come under the purview of the House of Mouse...


the deal doesn't include news or sports programming. those will be kept by FOX
12-06-2017 12:23 AM
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(12-06-2017 12:23 AM)xCougarDavex Wrote:  
(12-05-2017 11:31 PM)CarlSmithCenter Wrote:  story here

If ESPN takes over the regional Fox Sports stations could it add inventory to both the SEC and ACC Networks and perhaps lead to a merger of several of the Big 12-State channels into some sort of Big 12 network? Seems like it would be easier to work out some sort of co-branding/sister station affiliation with the LHN if the lesser tier Big 12 rights come under the purview of the House of Mouse...


the deal doesn't include news or sports programming. those will be kept by FOX

Your correct---it doesnt include FOX News--but it has to include the RSN sports rights---otherwise, the RSN's would be worthless. It wont include the sports programming for FOX OTA or FS1/FS2.
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12-06-2017 12:42 AM
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So all those regional channels would then be produced by Disney/ESPN and probably rebranded. I’m pretty sure the majority of that live content can not be shown nationally, like on Ditectv, as it would violate out of market services like MLB’s season pass, MLS Direct Kick, and other national services.

It could help some of the lesser distributed properties find national streams on ESPN3.
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(12-06-2017 12:55 AM)murrdcu Wrote:  So all those regional channels would then be produced by Disney/ESPN and probably rebranded. I’m pretty sure the majority of that live content can not be shown nationally, like on Ditectv, as it would violate out of market services like MLB’s season pass, MLS Direct Kick, and other national services.

It could help some of the lesser distributed properties find national streams on ESPN3.

Im thinking that a lot of current suppliers of FBS content to ESPN-3 (MAC/Sunbelt/CUSA) might find this deal beneficial. I could see these RSN's providing a traditional television outlet by mirroring select content that would have previously only been available on ESPN3.
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If local RSN’s are going to ESPN, then thank eternal heaven my city’s RSN went to Comcast/NBC.
12-06-2017 02:54 AM
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I would think the pecking order would be:
1 ABC
2 ESPN/ESPN2
3 Other networks (NBC, FOX,CBS)
4 Conference network
5 RSN
There’s not a lot of quality inventory by the time you get to 5.
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Orlando Magic games are on FSN Florida. I wonder how that is gonna work.
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(12-05-2017 11:31 PM)CarlSmithCenter Wrote:  story here

If ESPN takes over the regional Fox Sports stations could it add inventory to both the SEC and ACC Networks and perhaps lead to a merger of several of the Big 12-State channels into some sort of Big 12 network? Seems like it would be easier to work out some sort of co-branding/sister station affiliation with the LHN if the lesser tier Big 12 rights come under the purview of the House of Mouse...

This sounds to me like a recipe for disaster if you're college sports.

If Fox is getting out of the regional sports game (combined with the up to know unknown status of their ownership in BTN) that would leave almost everything in the hands of ESPN. Makes me wonder if Fox will continue to be a player in college sports, ESPECIALLY college football.

How could ESPN having a stranglehold on the conference networks PLUS owning most of the rights to games be a good thing? If you think there's bias in coverage and reporting now, just wait until they're the only show in town.
12-06-2017 08:24 AM
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I could see the RSN becoming the landing spot for games currently on ESPN3 or licensed to CBSSN.
12-06-2017 08:32 AM
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