ESPN Toast, No Butter Please

2016 October 30
by drdog09

And its not for the reasons we would typically expect. The cable bundle is dying and with it the vestiges of ESPNs business model.

Now, the biggest beneficiary of the cable TV bundle, ESPN, which exploited it’s “must have” content for decades to negotiate ever higher rates with cable TV providers while forcing those rates down the throats of consumers by insisting its content be included in all of the channel “bundles”, finds itself in the unfamiliar territory of losing millions of subs per year amid surging contents costs. In fact, according to Outkick The Coverage, ESPN lost over 600,000 subscribers in October alone which is worth over $50mm in annual revenue.

I have said for years that eventually content providers would go direct to the public bypassing the programming dept at the cable providers. There is too much to gain. Not so much in profits but in hassle. It is much easier to program in a 3-6% customer loss rate over millions of subscribers than it is to go thru the annual or biannual cable negotiations. My err was in assuming that the movie studios would be the first to make the move. They have a huge catalog of product they could offer for mere dollars per month and a premium offer for fresh releases —

Last April, HBO effectively marked the death of the cable TV bundle when they decided to launch “HBO Now” and sell their content directly to consumers for $15 per month. While other “over-the-top” providers have existed for years, this decision was pivotal because it was the first time that any major content provider decided to break with the traditional cable delivery model and go direct to consumer. Within a year, HBO Now had amassed 1 million subscribers. Meanwhile, Pay TV households collapsed around the same time as “cord cutting” accelerated.


Now how this affects ESPN is this, their business model has always been to weasel their way into every programming package that every cable provider offers. That guarantees eyeballs and ESPN sells that feature to other ISPs as a must have. If ESPN was forced to go ala-carte and sell its wares based on its content it would be like SF 49ers football stadium, largely empty. A death spiral would ensue very quickly.

But I see an opportunity if Comey will just oblige me. How much would the public pay to be able to see a cable channel CIJ, Clintons In Jail. $5/mo for 24×7 jail cell coverage. Anyone?

85 Responses leave one →
  1. 2016 October 30 4:16 am
    bc3b permalink

    I watch ESPN occasionally during college football season.I wouldn’t miss it much.

    I would miss Fox Sports Detroit, which carries all the Tigers, Res Wings and Pistons (which I don’t watch) games.

  2. 2016 October 30 5:27 am
    drdog09 permalink

    Texas, 50% increase in early voting. Most Trump?! Fox Sunday morning, tucker carlson.

  3. 2016 October 30 6:04 am
    drdog09 permalink


  4. 2016 October 30 6:18 am
    justrand permalink

    ESPN is just MSNBC with slightly more sports coverage.

  5. 2016 October 30 6:20 am
    justrand permalink

    the brand spanking new SPIN from the Clinton Cabal:

    it’s just about Weiner…it has nothing to do with Hillary

    meanwhile, the DOJ has apparently not even allowed the FBI to open the emails yet. hmmm…part of the Delay & Deflect strategy, and it pretty much always works

  6. 2016 October 30 6:20 am
    JBoz permalink

    Well, something just happened for the first time since Webb Hubbell downed one too many gin and tonics, and had a three-bagger on a night in June of 1979. Hillary Clinton got screwed by a weiner.

  7. 2016 October 30 6:25 am

    Weiner’s wittle wandering weenie.

  8. 2016 October 30 6:30 am
    justrand permalink

    Rebellion at the FBI? And I love the speculation as to how the guy asserting it could know about it: Attorney-Client Privelege…the old Clinton dodge! 🙂

  9. 2016 October 30 6:34 am
    justrand permalink

  10. 2016 October 30 6:42 am
    justrand permalink

  11. 2016 October 30 7:19 am
    JBoz permalink

    Mike Pence is on MtP, and doing a masterful job of outlining the seriousness of the latest FBI/email wrinkle. Chuck Todd trying desperately to counter these, and is flailing badly.

  12. 2016 October 30 7:38 am
    justrand permalink

    interesting supposition this morning re. Lynch trying to block the FBI from even reading the emails…the NYPD already has read them!

    The NYPD is who subpoenaed Weiner’s laptop and other devices. THEY already had the legal right to read everything. Comey knew that the NYPD had read them…and needed to get out front.

    Lynch can, and will, delay this to try and help Hillary…but somebody is going to “leak” this at some point, though maybe not until after the election.

    will Gangster Government win out? Stay tuned…

  13. 2016 October 30 7:40 am

    Nevada, Colorado and New Mexico today for tireless Trump.

  14. 2016 October 30 7:56 am
    justrand permalink

    from an article on HotAir (I know, it ain’t what it used to be)

    “If those emails all had subject lines such as, “Can I wear these yoga pants to your daughter’s wedding?” there would have been no letter from Comey and we wouldn’t be having this discussion right now.”

  15. 2016 October 30 8:06 am
    bc3b permalink

    JR #12 –

    It all depends on how a woman looks in yoga pants. I would have no objection if it was the Bruins ice girl.

  16. 2016 October 30 8:42 am
    justrand permalink

    Good rebuttal…though rebutting the Democrat bullshit is pretty easy

  17. 2016 October 30 8:50 am
    justrand permalink

  18. 2016 October 30 9:25 am
    fight on permalink

    I never get tired of the Hitler videos. Damn that was funny.

  19. 2016 October 30 9:44 am
    Eph permalink

    Trump: 3 rallies today, 3 different states. WoW

  20. 2016 October 30 10:34 am
    Eph permalink

    So the NFL take a their shitplate overseas and…

    You guessed it…

    Another tie.


  21. 2016 October 30 2:04 pm

    Step back BJG brethren and take a breath. When was the last time there was a late election cycle surprise of any significance that did NOT benefit the bad guys????

    What happened Friday was mysterious. There are several possibilities, some arcane ones seem the most likely to me. But this is something that has NEVER happened to a Democrat Pres candidate in my lifetime (unless I am mistaken). What is going on??

    As Master Eph would say………thoughts?

  22. 2016 October 30 2:55 pm
    Eph permalink


    KH is MIA.

  23. 2016 October 30 2:58 pm
    bc3b permalink

  24. 2016 October 30 2:58 pm
    gnqanq permalink

    bruce – my 2 cents.

    Could be the Democrats themselves. There are a lot of Democrats that do not like the Clintons – ABC – Anybody But Clinton. I know a few Democrats that will not vote for Hillary. They believe it is time for new blood. Plus they know that with Hillary it will be grid lock and more corruption.

    I will also say that O’Keefe and WikiLeaks is having an impact with the younger people who get their news from the WEB.

  25. 2016 October 30 2:58 pm
    drdog09 permalink

  26. 2016 October 30 3:03 pm
    Eph permalink

    26. gn,

    No way. The Dims won’t accept Trump.

    Too late to dump Hilliary too.


  27. 2016 October 30 3:04 pm
    drdog09 permalink


    That many emails does not sound possible. If the Weiners were using something like Outlook there is a physical limit to the storage file which this would seem to exceed. The mails would have to be very small and no attachments.

    Which kinda begs why were they not using an IM platform instead?? HMM.

  28. 2016 October 30 3:04 pm
    Eph permalink

    Read somewhere, that if she did drop out only Kane could take over and Uncle Joe would stay as VP.

    That is strictly the only legal option.

  29. 2016 October 30 3:08 pm
    Eph permalink


    I do agree with you about Wiki. We underestimated their impact.

  30. 2016 October 30 3:18 pm
    drdog09 permalink


    Texas appears to be boiling out to vote Trump —

    The interesting bit — 100m Americans eligible to vote did not in the last election. If 10% of that number turned out just for the ‘FU’ vote that is a turn point event.

  31. 2016 October 30 3:48 pm

    Here in texacas the hildabeeste will be beat like a red headed stepchild.

  32. 2016 October 30 3:53 pm
    justrand permalink

    650,000 emails???

    Either Weiner’s wiener gets up and types emails all on its own…OR…Weiner has been collecting a “Rainy Day” store of emails from all kinds of people associated with Huma and Hillary.

    Weiner faces a lonnnng time in the slammer as a pedophile…so singing for the FBI and/or NYPD must seem like a good alternative.

    Of course, Carlos Danger may be in DANGER…so he better be REAL careful

  33. 2016 October 30 3:57 pm
    justrand permalink


  34. 2016 October 30 4:13 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    ABC/WAPO poll now down to 1 pt. — — Nothing like massaging poll data all these months.

    Perhaps more frightening for the Clinton camp, the latest NBC/WSJ/Marist poll shows Trump opening up a 9-point lead in Florida and a 2-point lead in North Carolina

    Trump carries NC the game is afoot.

  35. 2016 October 30 4:14 pm
    gnqanq permalink

    Why we love Trump. He attacks and turns it on them.

  36. 2016 October 30 4:16 pm

    Hillary the frump is running from trump,
    Huma the muzzie won’t be there to hump,
    The wheels comming off in grand old fashion,
    This will cool the ardor of moonbat passion,
    This pooch is about to take it in the rump.

  37. 2016 October 30 4:25 pm
    Eph permalink


    ABC poll still D+9?


  38. 2016 October 30 4:28 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    A post that KH can chew on for a while — — statistics heavy.

  39. 2016 October 30 4:29 pm

    gn 26 interesting observations.

    A couple possibilities I see, the bad guys KNOW that the monster vote is real and want to make it look like the scandal was responsible for her losing big. Then they can destroy Trump’s presidency before he even gets there by saying he only won because of the scandal. That also has the effect of ‘legitimizing’ the government and Pravda in the sheeple’s eyes. The second is that Comey really does have some respect for the law and is operating on his own or under threat from his agents and caught everyone by surprise….seems the more unlikely of the two to me.

    All that said the election betting odds still have the HAG at 75%.

  40. 2016 October 30 4:54 pm
    drdog09 permalink


    Probably D+4 this cycle. The wildcard is independents, disgusted-have-not-voted-folks, and cross overs. There is also the I-ain’t-voting-the-b#$%ch, no Trump, but sits out. Close still but Trump wins by 3-4%.

  41. 2016 October 30 5:03 pm
    justrand permalink

    Reminder, folks…we have entered the “OMG!” phase of the election.

    In this phase, the media/Democrat/NeverTrump cabal can say/print ANYTHING they want about Trump, and it will be screeched on every outlet they can find. ANYTHING.

    Strap in!

  42. 2016 October 30 5:08 pm
    justrand permalink

    If this is true, it supports my “Weiner doesn’t want to do, um, ‘hard’ time”

  43. 2016 October 30 5:15 pm
    gnqanq permalink

    JR – “HARD”, going to be where he is going without any lube. That is if he does not commit suicide with 5 shots to the back of the head.

  44. 2016 October 30 5:19 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    Bubba from cell block D is one BIG dude. And Bubba don’t use cellphones for his ‘pleasures’.

  45. 2016 October 30 5:24 pm

    24 – No he’s not MIA…

  46. 2016 October 30 5:30 pm
    justrand permalink

    Comments #47 and #48 are why I love you guys! 🙂

    All ya’ll

  47. 2016 October 30 5:32 pm

    42 – I’ll take a look, been out all day.
    44 – With d+4 (what it seemed like in early sept) we have a remote chance, particularly if AA > 12% in NC\PA, said that all along, but that also requires 90%+ R’s to vote Trump, which is still a problem in lots of places we need NH\CO\VA for example.

  48. 2016 October 30 5:33 pm

    Btw as predicted it’s come out Lynch was blocking an investigation into the Clinton Foundation. /shocker 🙄

  49. 2016 October 30 5:40 pm

    I’ve seen that clip with stef before, but it never gets old. lol

  50. 2016 October 30 5:41 pm

    I’m off to watch….. ESPN… world series of poker, final table night one.

  51. 2016 October 30 5:46 pm
    Eph permalink


    Before this weekend I was at D+3.

    Now D+1

  52. 2016 October 30 5:47 pm

    bbl – btw just read Doug Schoen (dedicated clinton sycophant for fnc) has withdrawn his support for Hillary.

  53. 2016 October 30 5:48 pm
    drdog09 permalink


    Supposition time. If the IRS is already digging a case, Lynch might be right in not letting FBI proceed. The reason is IRS investigation falls under US administrative law not criminal and they might be able to build a better case against the Clintons than the FBI can.

    Or its a pure political play. Doing what I suggest means that all players are doing so by the best of ethics. Don’t laugh too hard, I am not responsible for any physical harm. 🙂

  54. 2016 October 30 6:10 pm
    Eph permalink

    54. KH

    I watch on Fox Sports AZ. With Jack and Coke.

  55. 2016 October 30 6:17 pm
    Eph permalink

    Is Gateway Pundit a pickle puffer?

  56. 2016 October 30 7:13 pm

    Is Gateway Pundit a pickle puffer?~~~~EPHANATER

    Roger that~~~

    A puffer of pickles is he,
    He left the closet for all to see,
    A rump ranger of the blogosphere,
    But from him we have nothing to fear,
    For his politics appear near to thee.

  57. 2016 October 30 7:16 pm
    bc3b permalink

    Just watched part of Trump’s final rally of the day. He sure has stamina for a 70 year old.

    He has a good line – :I’ve had a good life. This country has been good to my. Now I want to do something for it.

  58. 2016 October 30 7:19 pm
    justrand permalink

    Bc3b, and he’s doing it WITHOUT an entire medical team and four TONS of stimulants pumped into him…like the Hildebeast

  59. 2016 October 30 7:32 pm

    62 – It was a really good one.

    Doing 2 in MI tomorrow as well.

    Of possible note: Thiel doing press event tomorrow.

  60. 2016 October 30 7:47 pm
    Eph permalink




  61. 2016 October 30 7:57 pm
    mulletover permalink

    From Powerline’s Steven Hayward…….

    “What’s going to happen this week? Maybe Donald Trump’s tax returns will be leaked. It is a strange thing that to date none of the Wikileaks dumps of John Podesta’s emails have included any emails to or from Hillary. Is it possible that Podesta, Hillary’s campaign chair, never communicated with Hillary by email? I suppose it is possible, but it seems unlikely. This is the week we’ll find out. And what happens with the new FBI matter is totally unpredictable.

    Meanwhile, the ABC News/Washington Post poll of likely voters that had Hillary ahead by 12 points a week ago this morning has Hillary ahead by . . . 1 point. Many of the phone surveys for this iteration of the poll likely occurred before the FBI announcement was made, and may reflect the massive Obamacare price hikes, the latest Clinton Foundation news, and the fact that some wavering voters are coming to grips with the thought that they might actually have to listen to Hillary’s condescending, hectoring voice for four years.

    Hypothesis: Hillary peaked too soon. This week will be all bad news for her, and nothing much new on Trump. At least that’s what it looks like this afternoon, ten days from the end of the strangest election cycle in modern history.”

  62. 2016 October 30 8:03 pm
    justrand permalink

    Mullet, another Powerline article…good speculation and some fun comments

  63. 2016 October 30 8:07 pm
    Eph permalink


    No October surprise could knock off this pending awful week for Hilliary.

  64. 2016 October 30 8:33 pm
    mulletover permalink

    Doug Schoen is very connected both here and abroad. His withdrawal says a lot.

    Something big is going to drop on Hillary that she won’t survive politically.

    The sooner the better.

  65. 2016 October 30 8:37 pm
    gnqanq permalink

    O’Keefe has still another video drop that is suppose to be devastating.

    Plus, you still have more WikiLeaks to come.

    I believe it is going to get worse for Hillary.

    You aint see bad but it is coming.

  66. 2016 October 30 8:49 pm
    justrand permalink

    Mullet & gnqanq…I pray you’re both correct!

  67. 2016 October 30 8:53 pm

  68. 2016 October 30 8:53 pm
    bc3b permalink

    Mullet #69 –

    The sooner the better.

    Very true. With early voting, there’s no point in waiting until the day before the election.

  69. 2016 October 30 9:04 pm
    justrand permalink

    Mullet, I caught the end of a segment on FoxNews today with Doug Schoen, he looked like so someone just shot his dog…now I know why.

    And I agree…WikiLeaks & O’Keefe to unload their best stuff tomorrow and Tuesday.

  70. 2016 October 30 9:07 pm
    mulletover permalink

    Here’s a list of shaky or wayward republicans.

    Wonder who will find their way home? And does anyone care if they do?

  71. 2016 October 30 9:30 pm
    Eph permalink

    72. IP

    As long as I don’t start seeing rainbow flags, I’ll still visit the site.

  72. 2016 October 30 9:32 pm
    Eph permalink

    70. gn,

    Slow drip…

  73. 2016 October 31 1:24 am

    74 – I think the time has already passed. I actually think Wikileaks started this whole series about a week to 10 days later than they should have. Had they started a little earlier more could have at least in theory been used at debates. Also beyond just getting it out there earlier for voters, they could have taken a pause every few days to let some of what was put out actually percolate\penetrate before adding the next bit. But yeah tomorrow really is the last effective time to get anything substantial before the voters, considering it takes time to penetrate. The left actually had a few more days than the right because they control the air waves and don’t have to worry about percolation.

  74. 2016 October 31 1:25 am

    If they have something left on Donald, we’ll also see that asap, in fact I sort of expected to see something start tonight, perhaps with the WS and sh1t they’re waiting till tomorrow.

  75. 2016 October 31 3:01 am
    drdog09 permalink

    The Clinton’s in sex ring? — — all hearsay, treat accordingly.

  76. 2016 October 31 3:18 am

    Early voting D+8 turnout – thus far (not much change from a few days ago).

    NC specific update:
    D44\R31 D+210k votes. %wise that’s running -2% than 2012 for D’s – -1% R’s and +3 I’s over 2012. –thus far.

    The bad news: Chicks be out voting men thus far in NC 55/42, that’s on par with 2012, but remember Trump does far worse with them than Romney. On the up side Blacks are down from 27% to 23%, Whites up slightly from 69% to 71%.
    18-29 vote thus far is down 4%,
    30-44 vote thus far is down 6%,
    45-59 vote thus far is down 1%,
    60+ vote thus far is up 11%.

  77. 2016 October 31 3:43 am
    drdog09 permalink


    NC is a must win for Trump. Not good numbers.

  78. 2016 October 31 3:51 am

    84 – Not horrible.. but.. considering how thin the margin was for Romney there, I’d like to see better numbers that what’s there thus far.

    83 – yeah I saw that on reddit the other day as they were editing it for feed back, I though it was actually a little too pro-hillary for the joke meme they were after.

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