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Has ESPN Finally Met its Match in Fox?

Disney's (NYSE: DIS  ) ESPN is the undisputed global brand when it comes to sports programming, but News Corp. (NASDAQ: FOXA  ) (NASDAQ: FOX  )  wants to challenge that next month when it introduces FOX Sports 1.

The new channel -- replacing the poorly followed Speed channel -- is lining up ambitious live sports programming, and it's also charging less than 20% of what ESPN does to cable and satellite television providers per viewer. 

In this video, longtime Fool contributor Rick Munarriz explores why everybody outside of Disney wants Rupert Murdoch to succeed for a change.

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  • Report this Comment On July 03, 2013, at 12:10 PM, 6thavenuesavant wrote:


    It's all about the NFL, if FS 1 doesn't have it, it can't compete. And if they do, FS1 will be $5/sub as well. Remember Fox tried to do this 15 years ago and failed, the same people are trying again, why is it different?

  • Report this Comment On July 03, 2013, at 8:53 PM, Grahdodd wrote:

    This could be the real deal. The ESPN business model is fatally flawed. Fixed income, poor, elderly non sports viewers are forced to pay $60/year for ESPN. This is one of the most significant consumer issues of our time. Virtually everyone wants ESPN to fail including all of the delivery systems..cable, satellite, etc.

    Above argument about NFL is bogus. WITHOUT ESPN, you can watch ALL NFL games all day and night Sundays, Thursday, and all the late season Saturday games. Lose ESPN you just miss Monday Night..that's it.

    ESPN is a dinosaur. I'm a sports fan and I'd give it up in a heartbeat. Research shows more than 75% of viewers would give it up if they could save the $5 month they're forced to pay for ESPN as part of bundle.

    What other product are 75% of users FORCED to pay for...when they don't want it?

    Ala carte is coming...ESPN will be forced to retreat and restructure.

    Economics dictate this.

  • Report this Comment On July 05, 2013, at 12:54 PM, dunce1239 wrote:

    Part of ESPNs problems are the so called sports journalists ventures into political commentary invariably taking an uninformed and liberal point of view. ESPN viewers do not want to be lectured by the ignorant on politics.

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