It is a well-kept secret of sports on television: Aside from the National Football League and the biggest games of the year in a handful of other sports, such as Tuesday night's Major League Baseball All-Star Game, the TV audience for sports is tiny, amounting to about 4% or less of households on average, according to media-research firm Nielsen's data provided by a major media company. Less than 3% of households with television in any given market, on average, will tune in to watch their hometown National Basketball Association teams play, and less than 2% will watch their National Hockey League teams.
Yet in the average market, sports channels such as ESPN and regional sports networks account for 19.5% of fees paid by cable and satellite operators, according to media-research firm SNL Kagan. The average monthly cable bill in the U.S., before taxes, is now $73.44, Kagan estimates.
Give me a non-sports package with an accompanying bill reduction, and I might come back.
ESPN had a Cross Fit 2012 marathon on last Saturday. Along with cheerleading,that's pretty riveting TV,I can't imagine why nobody would watch. I do miss the good ole days of ESPN when they showed Australian Rules Football,T-Ball championship,& darts(ok,I made up the last two......as far as I know).
And that's fine but let them who want it pay for it.Half a dozen years ago, the general manager of a large senior retirement community temporarily took over the responsibilities of overseeing the operation of the private cable system there. He noticed that ESPN cost about as much as a dozen lesser channels, and so he sent out a survey asking the residents if it would be OK to drop ESPN and add half a dozen channels they might be interested in, like National Geographic and Discovery Health without changing their monthy bill. He told me that not one resident objected. I went ahead and implemented the change, and that evening, he got inundated by calls to his home by irate residents who wanted to watch the tennis game that was carried on ESPN that evening. I switched it back that night.
I used to like watching America's Cup at 3:00 AM. Even back then, I didn't much enjoy full contact karate or the tractor pulls.
Its about time. I have absolutely no use for sports. I can count on one hand the number of hours of televised sports I've watched IN MY LIFETIME. I would love to have a package that doesn't contain sports, but includes other things that my family and I watch.
I'd probably feel the same way in reverse if they would offer it. I could get my locals ota for free, and spend a few bucks a month for Netflix/amazon.
I'd love for there to be a sports only offering.
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