ESPN and ABC have stepped way over the line with Internet-only coverage of selected games on ESPN3.com.
The networks are denying local television stations the ability to carry games they have broadcast for decades. They are also making it difficult to many consumers to see the games at all.
They obviously have little regard for family traditions or the quality of computer broadcasts on ESPN3.com.
Our preferences don't matter to the ESPN and ABC jocks pushing this stuff on us.
Actually, these particular media bullies are totally insensitive to the viewing audience. Consumers either have to watch the games on computer or buy special connections for the television.
That’s assuming, of course that the consumer have a late model TV or a computer with the right connections.
The quality of the broadcasts is inconsistent at best, with long periods of dead air, delayed returns to action, and constant reminders that the action will resume shortly. Viewers are sometimes required to update software in the heat of game action.
We doubt that’s what the Big East Conference had in mind when it signed a contract with ABC/ESPN, giving them a monopoly on game coverage, conference and non-conference. Only after ABC/ESPN decides not to put a game on its family of networks could a local affiliate like WHAS pick up a game.
We know the University of Louisville fans don’t want their football or basketball games on ESPN3.com. The U of L – Arkansas State game may not have been top drawer, but why not let the local station carry the game? Â Our preferences don’t matter to the ESPN and ABC jocks pushing this stuff on us.
The convenience and comfort of families and individuals are not a part of the equation.