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Will Sports Tiers Cost Us More?

from Mike Ozanian of Forbes,

If you think the recent spate of lucrative rights fees for the NFL and college football are based on vanity more than profits, think again.

Needham & Co. sports and entertainment analysts Laura Martin explains why rights fees are going up: return on investment for media companies on those fees is high.

In this video Laura explains why media companies like Walt Disney, CBS and New Corp. will continue to bid up fees and how the eventual unbundling of sports programming into a separate tier could hurt regional cable networks.

continue to watch the video which basically told me I will be paying more for sports in the future…

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awould's avatar

It seems more and more I’m having conversations with people about how to ‘cut the cord’ to cable and go full Netflix/Hulu/Internet, etc. The big problem…. SPORTS.

I can get my hockey through Central Ice via my PS3 (I currently subscribe via Dish Network but will likely go the internet route next year), but I can’t get college football anywhere like I can on the Big Ten Network and ESPN/ABC. And though I’m not a huge NFL fan, I do like to keep a game on the tv on Sundays. I don’t have the time or inclination to go to a bar all the time to watch these games either.

However, if they start charging more for the sports bundles, that might be the tipping point for me.

Posted by awould on 10/28/11 at 02:41 PM ET

Faux Rumors's avatar

1) They can “unbundle” all they want. Eventually the teets will be depleted!

Posted by Faux Rumors from Globally- Here, there, Everywhere on 10/28/11 at 02:42 PM ET

RedMenace's avatar

Rising costs will only help promote piracy—there are always going to be “resourceful” people who are more than willing to take the chance to “stick it to the man.”

Greed: It’s only a matter of time before it becomes the undoing of our society.

Posted by RedMenace from The Lightly Soiled South on 10/28/11 at 05:38 PM ET

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