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Networks adjusting to life without live sporting events

Burke Magnus has always had a challenging job as ESPN’s head of programming, trying to juggle live events among ESPN’s various channels.

But Magnus, as well as other programming directors, is facing possibly the biggest task of his career now – how to schedule with no live sports on the horizon for the foreseeable future because of the coronavirus pandemic.

“There are so many creative things we can do, similar to some of the initiatives we’ve done in the past for special event anniversaries, ‘The Ocho’ day and more,” Magnus said in a Q&A with ESPN’s company blog. “The challenge is that now we need to replicate that dynamic 24 hours a day, seven days a week across multiple networks. That’s what is in front of us in terms of long-range planning.”

CBS, TNT and TBS were able to quickly adjust after the cancellation of the NCAA Tournament. On what would have been the tournament’s first round Thursday, CBS will air game shows during the afternoon and its usual prime time shows while TNT and TBS will air its usual shows as well as movies.

 

QLE Posted: March 19, 2020 at 01:17 AM | 34 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. I Am Not a Number Posted: March 19, 2020 at 09:09 AM (#5931903)
There are so many creative things we can do

Really? Showing classic games is going to get old fast. In Canada, some of the "classic" games have been regular season games from two years ago. Kind of strains the definition of classic.

The sports networks are up against it hard. I can't imagine what a winning formula would look like to draw even a small amount of viewers.
   2. Starring RMc as Bradley Scotchman Posted: March 19, 2020 at 09:13 AM (#5931909)
The new OOTP game just dropped a few days ago. One of these networks should just play the MLB season using the game and air it. (That's what I'm doing, minus putting it on TV.)
   3. Obo Posted: March 19, 2020 at 09:28 AM (#5931919)
You should do that on twitch!
   4. Jose Needs an Absurd Ukulele Concert Posted: March 19, 2020 at 11:26 AM (#5931964)
Obviously they are going to take a pretty substantial hit. One thing I think would be fun is to run older games but not necessarily classics. Find a good game from June 1977 or 1985 and run it. The old broadcasters, random old players, I think that would be good filler.
   5. Howie Menckel Posted: March 19, 2020 at 11:41 AM (#5931974)
NBC Sports Network - the cable channel available in 80 million households (and at least 1 million of those are aware of it!) - are simulcasting the TVG horse racing broadcasts the next two weekends.

Louisiana Derby and Florida Derby are the highlights.
   6. SoSH U at work Posted: March 19, 2020 at 11:49 AM (#5931977)
Obviously they are going to take a pretty substantial hit. One thing I think would be fun is to run older games but not necessarily classics. Find a good game from June 1977 or 1985 and run it. The old broadcasters, random old players, I think that would be good filler.


And they can pick really good games, just ones where the outcome isn't remembered by many people. So you'd know you were getting a good game; you just wouldn't know the result.

MLB could reach out to Primate Eric to get his game of the days.
   7. Ron J Posted: March 19, 2020 at 12:19 PM (#5931990)
#1 I'm old enough to remember the early days of the sports networks. When they didn't have much content and had to reach out for some truly fringe sports.

Mind you they didn't have much in the way of audience share. Only so many people interested in hurling or other sports that they just dropped once they actually had more content.
   8. Gch Posted: March 19, 2020 at 12:23 PM (#5931993)
MLB Network is showing older games. Today they're showing a start by Mark Fidrych (at four separate times, so you can't miss it), tomorrow it's the Edgar Martinez game, Saturday is Bucky Dent.

Yesterday they showed the Phillies/Cubs 23-22 game from 1979. It was exciting to see former players (Larry Bowa! Pete Rose! Mike Schmidt! Bob Boone! Garry Maddox! Bill Buckner! Dave Kingman!) but they had the final score in the program description, and just in case you missed it before the game aired they showed the final score and the entire box score. I couldn't get into it, when the Fidrych game airs I'm going to skip the first five minutes and hope to avoid further spoilers.
   9. Ben Broussard Ramjet Posted: March 19, 2020 at 12:35 PM (#5932005)
The new OOTP game just dropped a few days ago. One of these networks should just play the MLB season using the game and air it. (That's what I'm doing, minus putting it on TV.)


MLB The Show seems easier to televise, in that it's a lot closer to photo-realistic, plus you might get some actual MLB players who would take part. Admittedly the results will be pretty silly (I expect an average of 15 homers and 2 walks per game), but it will be something. Hell, do both. Not like there's a shortage of hours to fill.
   10. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: March 19, 2020 at 12:48 PM (#5932008)
There are so many creative things we can do, similar to some of the initiatives we’ve done in the past

"so now we're truly excited to feature innovative programming that involves random personalities and Stephen A. Smith screaming over each other all day every day here at the Exclusively Stephen Programming Network, the worldwide leader in Stephen A. Smith."
   11. Welcome to Gator Hammock (CoB). Posted: March 19, 2020 at 01:28 PM (#5932026)
Two Words: Marble Racing

It's mesmerizing ... Don't believe me?

Watch this!
   12. Eric J can SABER all he wants to Posted: March 19, 2020 at 01:43 PM (#5932029)
MLB could reach out to Primate Eric to get his game of the days.

Glad someone still remembers this!

Of course, they could also just identify the games themselves; the method was simple enough. But I would (unsurprisingly) be on board for this idea.
   13. Ziggy is done with Dominican discotheques Posted: March 19, 2020 at 01:45 PM (#5932031)
Don't do random old games. Do an entire season. Watching games is nice, but I think that fans like to follow teams even better. Let them follow the 1985 Cubs (or maybe pick a more exciting team). Make it a whole thing - show ads for Shawon Dunston jerseys during commercial breaks. Tell Pepsi you'll give them a break on advertising costs if they'll okay showing period Pepsi ads.
   14. Ziggy is done with Dominican discotheques Posted: March 19, 2020 at 01:48 PM (#5932032)
Wow! Marble racing is fantastic!
   15. SoSH U at work Posted: March 19, 2020 at 02:03 PM (#5932035)

Wow! Marble racing is fantastic!


I'd have liked it more if that blue marble didn't have that Michael Schumacher/Lewis Hamilton level of dominance.
   16. Welcome to Gator Hammock (CoB). Posted: March 19, 2020 at 02:12 PM (#5932040)
But I mean, think of how insane the level of obsessive thought, planning, preparation and work went into the whole thing.

That's a whole field, with multiple courses. And that announcer ... should turn professional.

I watched the first race and immediately subscribed to the channel.

And for some reason, it's a thing, there are other Marble Racing channels out there ... who knew!
   17. SoSH U at work Posted: March 19, 2020 at 02:16 PM (#5932045)
But I mean, think of how insane the level of obsessive thought, planning, preparation and work went into the whole thing.


It's absolutely riveting. I just kept wanting more passing at the front.
   18. PreservedFish Posted: March 19, 2020 at 02:17 PM (#5932046)
I'd have liked it more if that blue marble didn't have that Michael Schumacher/Lewis Hamilton level of dominance.


Disagree. I was transfixed by the blue marble's brilliance.
   19. Welcome to Gator Hammock (CoB). Posted: March 19, 2020 at 02:23 PM (#5932052)
Here's another Marble Racer Channel: Fubeca's Marble Runs
   20. Hysterical & Useless Posted: March 19, 2020 at 05:43 PM (#5932105)
OMG, that was fantastic! Must have taken forever to set up that course. And that blue marble really showed the Will to Win; it had fallen to 4th place at one point but made a fantastic comeback.

Enjoy the Fidrych. The Bird was an incredible treat to see work.

And hurling is fantastic.
   21. Welcome to Gator Hammock (CoB). Posted: March 19, 2020 at 06:37 PM (#5932121)
Ok, I'll stop spamming Marble Run videos after this, but everyone should at least fast forward through this one to see how they constructed marbles reproductions of real Olympic events like the sprint and relay and long jump. Nucking Futs
Marble Sports: Marblelympics 2017 All Events
   22. Howie Menckel Posted: March 19, 2020 at 06:57 PM (#5932125)
seconded on Fidrych. for those of you under 50, "The Bird" was like a comet. he had "Fernando-mania" levels of adulation before Fernando did. well worth seeing the show.
   23. Gch Posted: March 19, 2020 at 07:08 PM (#5932128)
Enjoy the Fidrych. The Bird was an incredible treat to see work.


I've got it set to tape and watch later, but I tuned in to a few minutes while I ate. Bob Uecker's on commentary and Le Grand Orange is in the Tigers lineup, so there's lots of fun things going on.
   24. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: March 19, 2020 at 08:17 PM (#5932136)
I've got it set to tape
You know this isn't *actually* 1976, right?
   25. Howie Menckel Posted: March 19, 2020 at 09:25 PM (#5932149)
Gch, you may want to hit PAUSE after every pitch, to orient yourself to watching a modern game.

1970s players (except Mike Hargrove) tended to inconsiderately not segment every single pitch into what sort of was its own at-bat.
   26. Gch Posted: March 20, 2020 at 12:29 AM (#5932189)
You know this isn't *actually* 1976, right?


Judging by the large number of James Cagney and Edward G. Robinson movies on my PVR, 1976 won't come for some time.


seconded on Fidrych. for those of you under 50, "The Bird" was like a comet. he had "Fernando-mania" levels of adulation before Fernando did. well worth seeing the show.

(snip)

Gch, you may want to hit PAUSE after every pitch, to orient yourself to watching a modern game.


The announcers were talking about Fidrych needing to get an attendance clause in his contract because the Tigers were averaging something like 14,000 without him, and were selling out Tiger Stadium whenever he pitched. And this was only his sixth start at home.

Watching this and the Phillies game, it's amazing to see older pitching. Both the pace and the stuff (or lack thereof) is just remarkable to see. Plus when a gloved batter came to the plate, Uecker talked about having to switch terminology from golf gloves to batting gloves. Which I suppose makes sense but Ken Harrelson had been retired for five years at that point and I would've thought that the change had been adopted quicker than that.
   27. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: March 20, 2020 at 12:31 AM (#5932190)
Bob Uecker's on commentary

So is Warner Wolf, whom I had never heard of, so I looked him up on Wikipedia. He's still alive and seems to have become quite the grumpy old man in his dotage.

On February 7, 2019, Wolf (age 81) turned himself in and was arrested after he broke letters off a sign at the entrance of Classics Plantation Estates in East Naples, Florida, according to deputies at the Collier County Sheriff's Office. Wolf, a resident of the community, expressed his opinion at homeowners association meetings that the word "plantation" was racist. Surveillance video on November 30, 2018 shows a man matching Wolf's description removing the word "plantation" from the sign with a tool. Wolf faces a felony charge of criminal mischief, according to the arrest report.
   28. SoSH U at work Posted: March 20, 2020 at 08:46 AM (#5932203)
So is Warner Wolf, whom I had never heard of,


Speaking of "tape."

Warner Wolf

That was his catch phrase when he was the most popular TV News sportscaster in New York (he was my favorite as a kid, though I later preferred the dry wit of the late Jerry Girard).
   29. Starring RMc as Bradley Scotchman Posted: March 20, 2020 at 09:39 AM (#5932214)
The new OOTP game just dropped a few days ago. One of these networks should just play the MLB season using the game and air it. (That's what I'm doing, minus putting it on TV.)

You should do that on twitch!


I've actually had people suggest that, but being an old person (55 on Monday), I don't know how the consarned thing works. (Mumble mumble millenials mumble mumble avocado toast...)
   30. Starring RMc as Bradley Scotchman Posted: March 20, 2020 at 09:43 AM (#5932215)
Enjoy the Fidrych. The Bird was an incredible treat to see work.


Amen. It was the Bird who made this 11-year-old Detroit-suburbs resident a baseball fan in the first place.

Classics Plantation Estates in East Naples, Florida


I actually lived in East Naples in the 80s, and this is apparently less than a mile from my old house. (They've built up quite a bit in 30+ years...)
   31. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: March 20, 2020 at 10:50 AM (#5932231)
He's still alive and seems to have become quite the grumpy old man in his dotage.
Hey, at least he's a grumpy old man against racism.
   32. winnipegwhip Posted: March 20, 2020 at 11:57 AM (#5932245)
In Hall of Fame talk with friends I have always wondered out loud if Mark Fidrych had Ron Guidry's career numbers with the same personality and life story (in other words he had successful season's into the mid 1980's) would he had made the Hall of Fame? While he would not have been a great player a longer career and his notoriety would have made him comparable to Dizzy Dean and he would have been an important part of baseball's history.
   33. winnipegwhip Posted: March 20, 2020 at 12:01 PM (#5932246)
Surveillance video on November 30, 2018 shows a man matching Wolf's description removing the word "plantation" from the sign with a tool.


He was subsequently beaten by a sheepdog and then he place the sign back to it's original spot.
   34. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: March 20, 2020 at 03:50 PM (#5932306)
Thanks for the link in [28], SoSH. The hockey fights were awesome! Watching a guy pick up another guy and bounce his head off the ice was not unlike watching single-digit UFC fights where head stomps were legal.

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