Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 02/21/12 at 12:35 PM ET
from Ryan Yoder of Awful Announcing,
Many sports fans (yours truly included) were hoping the introduction of the NBC Sports Network would finally mean real competition for the Worldwide Leader, ESPN. Not that ESPN is bad or evil, or that NBC would be the best thing in the history of sports on TV. But, that true competition would make ESPN better and would provide even more options for fans seeking to avoid staged debate, stale opinions, and endless crossover. However, as our friends at SportsBusiness Journal document in vivid detail, NBC Sports Network has actually done worse numbers than its predecessor Versus. In fact, NBCSN may be further away now from competing with ESPN than it was just 12 months ago.
How did we get here? And how can NBCSN look to recapture what momentum it’s already squandered? First, let’s take a look at some startling facts. The much maligned The Daily Line, you know, one of the worst sports shows in history, averaged twice as many viewers as NBCSN’s answer to SportsCenter, the daily NBC Sports Talk. Now, The Daily Line did have this going for it. But, how can NBCSN justify losing almost half its viewership from a craptastic mess into a legitimate sports/news program that was supposed to become the station’s flagship show? Yes, hot chicks mean viewers, but the dismal viewership of NBC Sports Talk is unfortunately a trend spreading across the entire network at its infancy.
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