- Dec 6, 2009
I don't know enough about how the wheels go round and round in sports revenue, but most of what you say makes sense. However, there is something I don't understand. The organizations, whether it be NFL or NCAA, still have to allow TV cameras and broadcasting professionals into their stadiums to conduct a game with enough camera angles and talking head coverage to be fully entertaining. How do Fox/ESPN/ABC get squeezed out if they are the ones providing that service?The distribution model for television programming is finished. It is over. Everything is accessible on the net for free. That is a large chunk of cash being wasted. What am I saying exactly? I am saying that large network contracts are worthless. When ESPN buys exclusive rights to SEC sports, they are paying the SEC to distribute SEC content. ESPN charges a pretty penny for viewers to buy their content. There is a problem.... Technology has rendered their middleman scheme worthless. I can watch anything for free online. They have no way to stop this and ESPN is bleeding out. The same will happen to FOX or anyone that believes they can be gate keepers for content. The conferences are getting kicked in the balls. The schools are getting kicked in the balls. And you guessed it, the players are going to get kicked in the balls.... all things university, pro, whatever are going to take a sizeable pay cut.
How does this relate to the above conversation? The pie is shrinking and player protests are driving away paying customers. The number of leeches is growing. The players are killing the sports business model. The NBA is in serious trouble. The other leagues are following suit. NCAA football is not immune.
The Universtiy of Texas is in serious trouble financially. The athletic department is broke. The athletic department is now in the hands of boosters. The boosters will be calling the shots for the foreseeable future or the AD will wither on the vine. The players are biting the hand that feeds them. If UT Austin loses its fanbase, the whole B12 goes down. While OU is winning and doing well now, it's really only a matter of time til they have the same issues.
UT Austin lost me... I'm just an unimportant alum but I have been telling many others how to boycott UT Austin by pirating their content and the word is spreading. A forest fire indeed.
Think I'm full of crap? Take a peek at sportsbay.org. This is what the future is going to look like but it will be legal. The only profit will be advertising. The only thing I can't find on there is NCAA women's volleyball. I'm sure it's next to be added.