Fang's Bites' Sunday (12/18/11) Morning Media Thoughts

Fang's Bites' Sunday (12/18/11) Morning Media Thoughts

Post by TMC » Tue, 20 Dec 2011 09:51:27

http://fangsbites.com/2011/12/some-sunday-morning-sports-media-though...

While we have seen resolution of TV rights for the NHL, Olympics,
World Cup and NFL this year, its 2012 where we could see some
upheaval in rights. Bidding for MLB and NASCAR will open up and
theres a lot of interest in baseball. Walking, Talking Conflict of
Interest Bud Selig has said theres more networks bidding for the
rights than at any time. In the last contract, TBS took postseason
rights from ESPN and half of the League Championship Series. Well see
if Turner remains in the baseball business. Will NBC get back into
baseball after leaving in 2000? Can Fox stay with MLB despite
declining ratings in the regular season and postseason? Will ESPN
spend to break back into the playoffs? Well find out when the new
contracts are signed. And what about NASCAR? ESPN went all in to
return for the Sprint Cup series. With three networks Fox, TNT and
ESPN taking three different approaches to televising the sport, will
the higher ups at NASCAR decide to make one certain style uniform or
will we see one of the partners drop out? This will be quite
interesting to see this play out.