Quote of the Day
"We are on the lookout for people who can make us smarter. We have a lot of networks and a lot of time to fill, and we want to have many different ways to do that -- different kinds of shows, different formats, different talents."-- ESPN President John Skipper, following the hiring of political analyst Nate Silver. ("Reliable Sources," CNN, 8/11)
Fox is preparing the "most direct challenge yet to behemoth ESPN in the battle for lucrative sports programming, one of the few genres with the power to draw strong live audiences ... in a world where viewers increasingly record their favorite shows, to watch sans commercials at their convenience," according to a sports section cover story by Reid Cherner of USA TODAY. FS1 has "started aggressively, but it remains officially an upstart." ESPN is the "pacesetter in the industry, and anyone hoping to change that will have to add patience to deep pockets and a roster of stars." Syracuse Univ. Bleier Center for Television & Popular Culture Dir Robert Thompson said ESPN has become the "generic term for sports programming," and they "do ...
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