We have a shortened version of Sports Media Weekly this week, but it is jam-packed with news.
The blockbuster story of the week came yesterday when Fox Sports won the rights to telecast USGA events under a 12-year deal which begins in 2015. NBC has had the rights for the USGA since 1995. In our discussion we speculate whether Fox paid too much for the rights (reported at $100 million) and how NBC will fare after 2014 when it will no longer be covering any of golf’s major tournaments. We also speculate as to how Fox will cover the sport, as the network has no track record of televising golf events.
Next we move to how the CBS/Time Warner Cable impasse is impacting the coverage of sports. We then look ahead one month when another carriage deal is up for renewal, ESPN’s contract with Dish Network. We all agree that the only losers in these fights are the consumers.
We wrap the show looking at the release of the NBA schedule this week and its impact on ESPN, TNT and NBA TV…and Keith Olbermann’s return to ESPN’s SportsCenter tonight to provide what’s called a “special essay” on Alex Rodriguez.