I just hope they don't bring those stupid robotic cyborg crap graphics from the NFL on Fox to their main sports network. That stuff is so incredibly dated. It isn't 1993 anymore.
Edit - totally didn't see this before my post.
NBC is generally the best at sports, which is ironic because they suck horribly at everything else.
If they treated their prime time programming with half the dignity they treated the NBA and the NFL, they wouldn't be a total disaster right now.
I could hardly care less about any sports network that starts up unless they are actually good at BROADCASTING THE GAMES. I don't usually bother to tune in and listen to what angle ESPN is shoving down everyone's throat for the day. I only watch when the games are on. And if Sunday's broadcast of the Pacers/Bulls is what is to be expected in the future by any sports network, then I will have to mute my TV. I mean is it common for the freaking color guy (girl in this case) to leave the table and go interview the coaches between quarters? It was like ESPN just didn't even give a ***** about this game.
What happened to the good ol' days with Bob Ley? Ironically, that was before my time.
I am honestly all for this Fox sports network. Anything to provide competition to ESPN should be a win for the fans. When the mainstream network is Kobe this, LeBron James that, Tim Tebow still did nothing today, Skip Bayless' mindless rants, among other things, it just gets annoying and unwatchable. In many ways, ESPN's coverage is like the NBA: if you have no superstar, you don't get airtime, or in the NBA's case, calls in games. It is all about the big name players, and since the Pacers don't have a top 10 player in the league, we don't get much national recognition (although that is changing quickly, and I am really starting to like that we get a little bit of attention) and frankly it's frustrating as a fan to never see your team on a national network. Or, whenever they are on a national network, the coverage of your team is what the other team did wrong.
Then, you have the completely biased announcers. I know our guy is Chris, Quinn and Austin are all biased for the Pacers, but at least they admit when the call is wrong but it went in the favor of the Pacers. They are not quite homers, but at least they provide a little bit of analysis for both teams. This is something ESPN has failed to do in this new set of announcers, specifically when we are playing against a team with a big-name player. Although, that big-name player did not always get the recognition, case in point, Sunday nights Joakim Noah lovefest by Doris Burke.
I am not counting on the Pacers getting ESPN recognition in the near future, at least to the extent of any team with a star. I mean, look at what the Spurs have done. They are not in a big name city, and they have two stars with one future Hall of Famer at the very least. They've had one of the most successful runs ever over the last decade, and yet, they still don't hardly ever get any recognition on ESPN.
I guess that is the end of my rant. I hope ESPN becomes more centralized for every team, but I'm not counting on it. For now, I will stick with NBA TV for my NBA coverage.
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The overall reaction to this is hilarious.
Hey, it's another sports station, and it's not owned by ESPN! I hate ESPN, so this must be better!
Remember their answer to Sportscenter on Fox Sports? It was called Best Damn Sports Show Period, and it was basically Sportscenter mixed with The Man Show.
Anyone that thinks ESPN sensationalizes everything has apparently never seen Fox Sports outside of basic NBA broadcasts. Have none of you ever seen Fox's NFL Sunday morning show? Seriously?
I'm all for competition; just don't expect FOX to go the other way. If anything, they will try to out-ESPN ESPN. That's what FOX does. Sports with comedians, strippers and rednecks. Occasionally, they will bring in Tonya Harding and try to combine everything at once.
I'm not kidding about Tonya Harding. She was on the show, too.
It should be a rousing success if they stick to televising sports...
.......I kindof like the robots.
I read a quote from someone with FOX in one of the online articles this morning that indicates Fox NFL Sunday is their model for what they will do. I haven't watched it in years but when I did it always seemed more entertainment than what ESPN, CBS or NBC did on Sundays. So I agree with you, chances are FOX will try to go in that direction
If is going to be as great as Fox News I hope they fail.
More competition the better I think, market will decide. Ya, I think Foxnews is funny, I'd never go there if there was a serious thing going on, thats just me. Everyone else has the right to watch it and I also have the right to fun of you for doing so. :) Not sure why there's any argument, otherwise, isn't it better to always have more on the menu to choose from?
Who seems more similar to Bill O'Reilly/Glen Beck: Bill Simmons/Bob Costas, or Skip Bayless/Stephen A. Smith? Take a wild guess which direction Fox will take their sports news channel.
There is one glimmer of hope here: Fox gives huge contracts to Bayless and Smith to steal them from ESPN. Fox Sports turns into Mega-ESPN. ESPN dumps Chris Berman, Woody Paige and the like, hands the network over to David Jacoby and Bill Simmons, and ESPN essentially turns into the Grantland Network.
Yeah, I'm probably dreaming. But with the 30 for 30 series and the highly active Grantland YouTube channel, I've suspected that they have been ramping up for an actually cable TV Grantland Channel separate from ESPN for awhile now.
How could an all sports channel be like an all news channel. I do not understand that at all.
I mean is MSNBC anything like NBC's all sports channel? No of course not, how could it be.
I'm just glad that our most treasured sporting event, the Super Bowl, hasn't been ESPN-ized yet. It will be a sad day when they get their hands on it.
I'd rather watch an event covered by Fox Sports than ESPN. The BCS Bowl games on ESPN are a perfect example. As soon as the games were over, ESPN would IMMEDIATELY stick a microphone in the winning coach's face and not give them two seconds to celebrate with their team. IIRC, Fox at least gave them a bit of time to celebrate with their team. Little things like that are what makes ESPN annoying.
The Best Damn Sports Show was more like the View for Sports than Sportscenter. Final Score was their equivalant to Sportscenter.
I just need TV to watch the games; otherwise the Internet is all I want or need. It's awesome.
I only go to ESPN if there is a Pacers or IU game on. Also, I only go to their site for the NBA gamecast...when it's working properly.
Just haven't liked ESPN now for a few years. It's only about big market teams.
Ratings are all that matter anymore, and people love dumbed down stuff. Just think about the news networks run now, and all the reality tv that's out there. How the hell does Honey Boo-boo get a tv deal, and people watch. It's infuriating.
I don't like Fox network, but I'll do Fox Sports. Good luck to them.