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29 minutes ago, Kyyle23 said:

Give it time.  You always get first taste for free 

They wouldn't go through the trouble of getting it onto free TV only to pull it after a year or 2. 

Think logically. 

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36 minutes ago, soxfan18 said:

They wouldn't go through the trouble of getting it onto free TV only to pull it after a year or 2. 

Think logically. 

Lmao 

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3 hours ago, southsider2k5 said:

Yeah, no.  Think of profits.  That's the key.

Cubs games are/were free over the air on WGN, right? That seemed to be a good business decision.

The thing I constantly wonder about regarding sports on television is that I haven't had cable or paid for a sports streaming service in probably a decade. Why would I pay for something when the pirated version is just as good? It's a free alternative to an expensive service and the quality is the same. The barrier of entry to understand how to watch these games is also low, even my aged father has figured it out. The leagues could have probably shut this down, but they've done nothing about it.

Why not? Some survey was done by a sportsbook a few months ago noting that 35% of respondents pirate NFL games, slightly less than those that use an online streaming service and far more than those who watched on cable. You might assume a similar rate for the NBA, then you see how massive their new TV deal is going to be. What I don't understand is that it seems to me that the money doesn't actually come from people watching the games on cable. One might assume you still look at the same amount of advertisements, but you're watching the League Pass experience so you're not seeing any ads. Will they ever crack down on illegal streams? I doubt it. 

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14 minutes ago, nrockway said:

 

Cubs games are/were free over the air on WGN, right? That seemed to be a good business decision.

The thing I constantly wonder about regarding sports on television is that I haven't had cable or paid for a sports streaming service in probably a decade. Why would I pay for something when the pirated version is just as good? It's a free alternative to an expensive service and the quality is the same. The barrier of entry to understand how to watch these games is also low, even my aged father has figured it out. The leagues could have probably shut this down, but they've done nothing about it.

Why not? Some survey was done by a sportsbook a few months ago noting that 35% of respondents pirate NFL games, slightly less than those that use an online streaming service and far more than those who watched on cable. You might assume a similar rate for the NBA, then you see how massive their new TV deal is going to be. What I don't understand is that it seems to me that the money doesn't actually come from people watching the games on cable. One might assume you still look at the same amount of advertisements, but you're watching the League Pass experience so you're not seeing any ads. Will they ever crack down on illegal streams? I doubt it. 

Just a few thoughts I've read recently where Manfred is working to change/update the "blackout" rules which could make things easier for fans. That could start to make them more conscious of those pirating games.

And of course the Bally situation still hasn't been resolved.

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2 minutes ago, soxfan18 said:

Ad revenue could increase due to higher availability driving stronger viewership. 

It COULD.  Or it could be more profitable to be on a pay network, which is pretty much what all of for profit sports has done.

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2 hours ago, southsider2k5 said:

It COULD.  Or it could be more profitable to be on a pay network, which is pretty much what all of for profit sports has done.

Yes, but times are changing. Cable is dying, and fast. The well is running dry.

The Golden Knights, Suns, and Jazz have already moved to a free OTA with available paid streaming app model. More teams will certainly follow, and by the sounds of it, these 3 will. 

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Cable/streaming - get more revenue from distribution but less from advertisinig

Over the Air - get more revenue from advertising but little revenue from distribution

Over the Air may be a better bet now that there are so many different cable/satellite/streaming services to negotiate carriage with.

Another question for over the air is which channel? WCIU 26 and WPWR 50 are the only two that might be available to be bought out and have a strong enough signal to reach very far.

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https://www.mlb.com/whitesox/news/chicago-sports-network-to-launch-in-october-2024

 

Chicago Sports Network to launch as new home for White Sox, Blackhawks & Bulls

June 3rd, 2024

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Sports Network, CHSN, will launch in October across multiple platforms with plans to deliver the Chicago Blackhawks, Bulls and White Sox games to the widest audience possible.

CHSN will deliver more than 300 live Blackhawks, Bulls and Sox games annually, along with first-class pre-and-post game coverage, and 24/7 multisport programming.

CHSN will broadcast from highly visible production studios located in both Chicago’s United Center and Guaranteed Rate Field.

 

 

About the most generic-sounding name humanly possible.

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On 6/3/2024 at 5:37 PM, soxfan18 said:

Yes, but times are changing. Cable is dying, and fast. The well is running dry.

The Golden Knights, Suns, and Jazz have already moved to a free OTA with available paid streaming app model. More teams will certainly follow, and by the sounds of it, these 3 will. 

And another to the list

https://x.com/FlaPanthers/status/1808184893647597788?t=rPaz4org-uqd4T2BYbsTYQ&s=19

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