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Comcast Sports Net? July 27, 2005

Posted by David Card in Media.
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Comcast may be thinking about launching an ESPN competitor. While Comcast owns some regional sports cable nets already, and there is a small package of NFL games still on the table, it would be almost impossible to challenge ESPN soon with a national, major-sport approach. Still, there might be some wildcards:

– NASCAR
– On-demand everything
– Aggregating up a bunch of regional nets, focused on college and minor leagues
– Giving a big piece of the network to one of the major leagues (NFL, NBA, MLB)
– The FCC mandating a la carte cable packaging

I disagree with this:

    Comcast “may be the one company in the country that can put together a viable competitor to ESPN,” says Marc Ganis, a sports-franchise consultant who has worked with the NFL and NHL.

Fox is better positioned, with DirecTV and regional sports. Finally, I have to say sadly – my shallow Canadian roots showing – hockey won’t cut it.

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