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Re: Todd Golden ESPN+ Article

Postby Aceup13 » Tue Aug 07, 2018 8:52 am

Yikes...

If you like the content someone is putting out you should pay them for it. You wouldn’t work for free would you?

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Re: Todd Golden ESPN+ Article

Postby PurpleWhiskers » Tue Aug 07, 2018 10:20 am

Ad1770 wrote:Allow me to clear up what I was stating earlier, as it seems to have flown over some heads. My rant was not about customers having to pay $5 a month to see MVC basketball on ESPN+. Truth, I could care less if anyone on this forum did or not. Your money and how you spend it is not my call, and does not affect my money and how I spend it. That being said, that brings me back to what my original post was about. The schools of the MVC.

They agreed to basically pay ESPN and do their own filming and announcing of games to be shown on ESPN3. The payoff, no matter how misguided it was or was perceived, was that ESPN would show the games on ESPN3 at no additional cost so that the schools could get “additional eyes” on the programs, and hopefully, by extension of this, more walk up gate traffic at home games.

This shift of moving the games behind the paywall from “free” TV, will it also include dropping the costs involved that the schools have to pay since ESPN is now making money from these games off of the customers? I highly doubt it.


As an actual bootstrapper rather than the far more common fake one and as someone who has wanted a la carte TV for years I will never complain about paying for those things I truly want. Like you, I don't have a clue what is contained in the details of the agreement between ESPN and the MVC or whether or not the agreement was struck with the understanding that a paywall was in the works. What I do know is that if you receive ESPN in your home you have never gotten it for free; it was rolled into the price of your cable. Burrowing down on your complaint, when the agreement needs to be renewed between ESPN and the MVC, would you encourage the MVC to reject the arrangement and discontinue allowing ESPN to televise conference games unless the paywall is taken down? In an age when a single cup of coffee can cost 5 dollars I can only be thrilled that 5 dollars will get me a whole month of MVC games. Raising the national profile of the MVC makes dollars and sense. All ten member schools understand that. I doubt that they feel cheated or all that concerned that a small handful of people would rather watch Duke and UK for "free" than pay 10 dollars for the entire MVC schedule. And if 10 dollars wrecks a budget that person shouldn't have "free" cable TV either.

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Re: Todd Golden ESPN+ Article

Postby E-Villan » Tue Aug 07, 2018 10:44 am

PurpleWhiskers wrote:
Ad1770 wrote:Allow me to clear up what I was stating earlier, as it seems to have flown over some heads. My rant was not about customers having to pay $5 a month to see MVC basketball on ESPN+. Truth, I could care less if anyone on this forum did or not. Your money and how you spend it is not my call, and does not affect my money and how I spend it. That being said, that brings me back to what my original post was about. The schools of the MVC.

They agreed to basically pay ESPN and do their own filming and announcing of games to be shown on ESPN3. The payoff, no matter how misguided it was or was perceived, was that ESPN would show the games on ESPN3 at no additional cost so that the schools could get “additional eyes” on the programs, and hopefully, by extension of this, more walk up gate traffic at home games.

This shift of moving the games behind the paywall from “free” TV, will it also include dropping the costs involved that the schools have to pay since ESPN is now making money from these games off of the customers? I highly doubt it.


As an actual bootstrapper rather than the far more common fake one and as someone who has wanted a la carte TV for years I will never complain about paying for those things I truly want. Like you, I don't have a clue what is contained in the details of the agreement between ESPN and the MVC or whether or not the agreement was struck with the understanding that a paywall was in the works. What I do know is that if you receive ESPN in your home you have never gotten it for free; it was rolled into the price of your cable. Burrowing down on your complaint, when the agreement needs to be renewed between ESPN and the MVC, would you encourage the MVC to reject the arrangement and discontinue allowing ESPN to televise conference games unless the paywall is taken down? In an age when a single cup of coffee can cost 5 dollars I can only be thrilled that 5 dollars will get me a whole month of MVC games. Raising the national profile of the MVC makes dollars and sense. All ten member schools understand that. I doubt that they feel cheated or all that concerned that a small handful of people would rather watch Duke and UK for "free" than pay 10 dollars for the entire MVC schedule. And if 10 dollars wrecks a budget that person shouldn't have "free" cable TV either.


Agreed completely, not to mention now it is available for cord cutters as well. The market is much larger at a very affordable price.

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Re: Todd Golden ESPN+ Article

Postby GA Ace » Fri Aug 31, 2018 9:30 pm

https://gopurpleaces.com/news/2018/8/31 ... guide.aspx

The UE athletics website posted an article today explaining the Valley on ESPN, including the difference between ESPN3 and ESPN+. The fall sports schedules are listed and I'd expect the winter sports (MBB and WBB) to be posted in the near future. Here is the breakdown of games on ESPN3 and ESPN+:

Men's Soccer - 4 games televised on ESPN3, 7 on ESPN+
Women's Soccer - 4 on ESPN3, 4 on ESPN+
Volleyball - 5 on ESPN3, 10 on ESPN+

So except for an even amount of games on both platforms for Women's Soccer, the other two sports have more games scheduled for + than 3. I expect more games on ESPN+ than ESPN3 for Men's Basketball (a sport that will bring in more viewers than all other UE sports combined), so I'll likely spend $4.99 a month from November - February. According to the MVC website, Arch Madness is March 7-10 this season. This means the last regular season game should be Sat. March 2 or Sun. March 3. Hopefully, the last game is televised on ESPN3 because I'm probably not throwing down $5 to watch one game. Online radio is free and that is the way I followed games I couldn't attend in the past so there's always that.


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