Thu, 25 September 2014
This Week's Show
Dre flies solo and talks NBA ratings, parity, and Bill Simmons suspension.
This Week's Poll
Parity and TV Ratings
This offseason I got to thinking about the value of NBA parity in relationship to ratings thanks to great stuff from Ethan Sherwood-Strauss.
The NBA currently has teams in San Antonio, Indiana, and Oklahoma with top talent. Meanwhile, the Lakers, Bulls, Nets, and Knicks have started to struggle.
It turns out not every market is equal in regard to available fans and income. And treating every team as equal places a value on certain fans.
NBA Digital Media
Kevin Draper's great piece on how the NBA is squandering their edge for their upcoming TV deal, especially their digital media.
NBA League Pass Broadband/Mobile has been a joke of a product for years. Oh yeah, the price went up this year too!
Even the WWE, which can feel like it's run by carnies, has a better grasp on digital media than the NBA!
Blackout restrictions are stupid. Although on September 30th, some may go away!
Bill Simmons' Suspension
A reminder about considering ESPN as a news source:
Oh yeah, ESPN has a $15 billion deal with the NFL. Conflict of interest anyone?
Brian has pointed out that ESPN "analysts" are trained to get views by being outrageous. So it's somewhat disingenuous of ESPN to act outraged when they do.
In the Wages of Wins, Dave's first story was how fans come back after strikes/lockouts. The reality is that fans may act mad but still comeback.
If you want ESPN to listen, talk with your wallet, not your Tweets:
Robert Currence for his great comments on defense!
And, of course, Bill Simmons for saying what needed to be said and showing some cracks in ESPN.