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Thursday, August 30, 2007

Wild and Crazy Speculation on the Future of the Olympics on TV in the US

ESPN may be gunning for NBC's Olympics rights starting in 2014.

The sports blogosphere generally hates ESPN and so what reaction I've seen has been negative. But on the plus side, between ABC Sp... er, ESPN on ABC, ESPN1, ESPN2, ESPN Classic, and maybe ABC Family and ESPNU (not to mention ESPN Deportes), they have no lack of platforms to put events on (which I'm not as certain of with CBS or Fox), and they might have more by 2014. And you know they'll stream lots of events on ESPN360.

If they do get it, though... well, you see what happened when NBC overextended for Olympics rights - it led to the NFL and NBA leaving and killed NBC Sports until last year. If ESPN isn't careful getting the Olympics would be the peak - and would start a long march downhill that could really help places like Versus. (Hear that, NBA on ESPN/ABC bashers? There might be a pretty good chance you'll get what you want in 2016!)

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