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“Would you be willing to pay $25 or so per month for ESPN?”

Andy Staples looks at how college football broadcasts will be delivered to consumers in the future and asks a lot of questions that the people running the P5 conferences ought to be asking themselves today…

It’s quite possible that rights fees have hit their zenith, and athletic departments need to prepare for the fact that their revenue is not going to grow at the rate it has over the past 15 years. It might even dip as viewers adjust to a new world and figure out how they want to pay for it.

Chances are we’ll end up paying about what we pay now to watch college football in 10 years. But we’ll be far more aware of how much we pay, and we’ll be sending that money to different places. That’s why Iger’s comments should have every athletic director and conference commissioner thinking about how their leagues are positioned for their next deals.

… but probably aren’t.  Hey, it’s not like there’s a crisis this second, right?

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Tuesday morning buffet

In just a few short weeks college football returns, so I know you’ve got an appetite.

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At ESPN, it’s a short distance between analyst and troll.

This looks innocuous enough…

… until you click on the link and discover that the “analyst” is Paul Finebaum.

Must be a really slow offseason.

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Mark May lives to fight another day.

Although it’ll be on ABC instead of ESPN.

The ABC and ESPN studios will also see changes for 2015. John Saunders will continue to anchor Saturday’s ABC studio coverage, along with second-year analyst Mack Brown and 10-year ESPN analyst Mark May, who will make the switch from ESPN’s studio.

Enjoy that, Mack.

Meanwhile it looks like ESPN’s already groomed its next Mark May.

ESPN’s new studio trio features host Adnan Virk with analysts Joey Galloway and Danny Kanell, who will handle pre-game, halftime and post-game reporting on Thursday, Friday and Saturday during the season.

Oh, goody.  I look forward to another season of SEC trolling/bashing by Kanell.  Well, I would if I actually watched ESPN in the studio.

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“I think eventually ESPN becomes a business that is sold directly to the consumers.”

Mickey is clearly warning its broadcast partners that the times, they are a-changin’.  Think they’re paying attention?

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More proof that FPI is the new QBR

The Football Power Index (FPI) is a measure of team strength that is meant to be the best predictor of a team’s performance going forward for the rest of the season. FPI represents how many points above or below average a team is. Projected results are based on 10,000 simulations of the rest of the season using FPI, results to date, and the remaining schedule. Ratings and projections update daily.”

So obviously, we can take this bad boy to the bank.

I guess ESPN was really impressed with G-Day.

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First, they came for Keith Olbermann.

You may have heard recently that ESPN is cutting the cords with some of its high-priced talent, like Keith Olbermann and Bill Simmons.  It’s not because the WWL has a problem with their work.

It’s just the result of some good old-fashioned cost cutting.  There’s a piece up at the Wall Street Journal about ESPN’s bottom line, and while I don’t subscribe to the WSJ, I did run across a couple of tweets that get the message across.

That tension between on-line video service and cable broadcast service ain’t going away, and you can see how ESPN is rapidly moving to a spot twixt a rock and a hard place.  How rapidly? Well…

That’s not a positive trend.  And it shouldn’t be too hard to figure out what’ll eventually come if ESPN keeps taking the hit.

You may not care about the loss of Olbermann or Simmons.  (I don’t.)  But you are kidding yourself if you think it stops there.  If enough bleeding occurs, sooner or later that will impact rights fees.

Nobody – at least nobody dependent on conference broadcast network revenues – is going to like it when the 800-pound gorilla goes on a diet.  But I’m sure Greg Sankey is on the mother as I type this.

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UPDATE:  Speaking of Sankey, David Wunderlich sees one silver lining for the SEC in the approaching dark cloud.

If traditional pay TV collapses in the future, the SEC won’t be stuck with expensive studios and broadcast equipment to liquidate and contracts with talent to buy out. Its institutions will have to deal with a loss of revenue, but so will everyone else, and the conference won’t have to worry about writing off the considerable losses that winding down a TV network would mean. I’m sure that Greg Sankey is a good person to be running an athletic conference, but I don’t see anything in his background that suggests he’s the person to figure out the future of broadcasting where to date all others have failed.

That’s a fair point.  It’s also worth pondering whether further conference expansion is such a great idea right now.  We’ll see how pleased Jim Delany is with Rutgers and Maryland if the BTN business model falls apart.

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