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whaler11

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The number per school/year came in a little lower than what I thought (I guessed $8M-$10M/yr per school), but I'm guessing the lower figure has 100% to do with no GOR. UConn can still get to $8M-$10M/yr with a Tier 3 deal with SNY and, maybe, even more money if it can renew a Tier 3 deal with IMG. The reported $7M/yr certainly is disappointing for UConn, no question about it. I said on another CR thread about this that it feels like when your boss tells you that you had a great year and then says your annual raise will be $500/yr. You're happy about the raise but really hoped for better.

ESPN+: personally I don't have a problem with paying for things that I actually watch. I have absolutely zero need for the SECN, ACCN, B10N, PACN and most FS sports (until they start to air baseball games in the summer). If UConn is going to play games on ESPN+, I will buy ESPN+ and cancel something else. I want my consumer entertainment dollars to go to things I actually watch and care about. And if there is an added bonus of being able to watch more UConn sports (baseball? hockey? soccer??), then I'm more than happy about it.

What I can't seem to find anywhere is if the new AAC media deal comes with a revised exit fee/terms. Current exit fee/terms is $10M & 27 months notice...with wiggle room to negotiate for a quicker exit (e.g. Rutgers, Louisville, etc). If the exit fee is locked in, at least we won't have to debate the Big East anymore. It would be great for UConn if its fanbase can all get on the same page so our coaches don't have to spend valuable recruiting time trying to address recruit's concerns about conference instability.
The IMG deal is done. Long term underwhelming.

There isn’t going to be any game Tier 3 content to sell. It seems to all be part of this deal.

If it’s not they should fire everyone in Storrs for not communicating that fact.
 
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Honest question: what can we do as UConn fans to help the situation, sans donating my kidney and first born to the school?

Would the AAC benefit from fans buying espn+? Would it not matter because were in a bind for more than a decade? Would NOT buying ESPN+ have a negative affect? What is our play as fans in this situation?
 
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Honest question: what can we do as UConn fans to help the situation, sans donating my kidney and first born to the school?

Would the AAC benefit from fans buying espn+? Would it not matter because were in a bind for more than a decade? Would NOT buying ESPN+ have a negative affect? What is our play as fans in this situation?
As UCONN fans we can go full on protest our state legislators and political leaders to put pressure on ESPN.

Buying ESPN+ will guarantee UCONN athletics will be put on mid major status in perpetuity.

We have 2 options to really save basketball:
1.) Aggressively expand with marquee programs(Gonzaga, BYU) and force the hand of ESPN.

2.) Move back to Big East

PS: People thinking that ESPN+ is a good thing for UCONN sports should not be taken seriously. What we can't do is wish, hope, and pray that somehow we will get into a Power 5 conference doing what we are currently doing and have been doing.

PS: Staying quiet does UCONN no good. We need to disrupt the system in a big way. Right now we are taking a beating and staying quiet about it.
 
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Honest question: what can we do as UConn fans to help the situation, sans donating my kidney and first born to the school?

Would the AAC benefit from fans buying espn+? Would it not matter because were in a bind for more than a decade? Would NOT buying ESPN+ have a negative affect? What is our play as fans in this situation?
The play is to watch the games, try to enjoy what you can and emotionally prepare yourself for the final gut punch.
 

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Honest question: what can we do as UConn fans to help the situation, sans donating my kidney and first born to the school?

Would the AAC benefit from fans buying espn+? Would it not matter because were in a bind for more than a decade? Would NOT buying ESPN+ have a negative affect? What is our play as fans in this situation?
the school gets the same amount no matter how many people subscribe.

win powerball and see if $100 million can buy their way into the ACC is your best bet.
 

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The IMG deal is done. Long term underwhelming.

There isn’t going to be any game Tier 3 content to sell. It seems to all be part of this deal.

If it’s not they should fire everyone in Storrs for not communicating that fact.
''img deal is done. long term underwhelming.' oh, really now? uh, FAIL.
let's keep it simple. you decide, gentle reader. the UConn img media rights deal pays $6+million per year until around 2032. The New UConn-IMG Deal Is Worth At Least $93 Million. Here's What Else You Need To Know that's more than any big least school receives for its' fox tv deal, around $4+ million, until 2025. New Big East, Fox Sports Formally Ink 12-Year, $500M Deal; ESPN Signs Mountain West
and, using a 'bigtime, powerhouse' big least program for an example, say, Georgetown, it looks like a fox media rights deal brings in an extra $1-2 million per year, also until 2025. https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/colleges/georgetown-partners-with-fox-sports-on-marketing-and-sponsorship-efforts/2015/06/17/55e3953e-1218-11e5-a0dc-2b6f404ff5cf_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.20fab1424dc1
oh, and we haven't even mentioned Uconns' new $7-9 million espn tv deal, or SNY.
 
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not reading 16 pages of people going through the stages of grief.

This deal is a death sentence. If you think this contract is bad now, wait until like... 2023 when we are still looking at 10 more years locked in and SEC signs for 65m a year or some crazy number.
 
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A subscription to ESPN+ does not get you access stream ESPN/ESPN2/ESPNU etc where the vast majority of relevant live sports currently reside and stand to remain for a good while longer. Therefore I'm not a cord cutter and wont be for what is likely to be a long while yet for this reason. I think we are still another 8 to 10 years ahead from true al-la-cart streaming with the blue chip channels. Cable, as industry is extremely well aware how true unbundling with mean massive revenue declines.
I got rid of cable last year and got Hulu. I get all the ESPN channels and had zero problem watching Uconn games. except when they are on CBSSN.
 

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''img deal is done. long term underwhelming.' oh, really now? uh, FAIL.
let's keep it simple. you decide, gentle reader. the UConn img media rights deal pays $6+million per year until around 2032. The New UConn-IMG Deal Is Worth At Least $93 Million. Here's What Else You Need To Know that's more than any big least school receives for its' fox tv deal, around $4+ million, until 2025. New Big East, Fox Sports Formally Ink 12-Year, $500M Deal; ESPN Signs Mountain West
and, using a 'bigtime, powerhouse' big least program for an example, say, Georgetown, it looks like a fox media rights deal brings in an extra $1-2 million per year, also until 2025. https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/colleges/georgetown-partners-with-fox-sports-on-marketing-and-sponsorship-efforts/2015/06/17/55e3953e-1218-11e5-a0dc-2b6f404ff5cf_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.20fab1424dc1
oh, and we haven't even mentioned Uconns' new $7-9 million espn tv deal, or SNY.
On a board full of terrible efforts at branding... yours is by far and away the worst.

This includes a guy named ‘Report Card’ who gives number grades between 1-10.
 
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I have every option. Apple TV. Amazon Fire. Roku2 and Roku TV. Kodi.

The one that actually works and is awesome. X1. Spoiler alert: it’s the expensive one.

My Roku TV is second. If you have fast enough internet Roku TV is decent.

Also key is if you can get OTA networks. If you can get network OTA and get 100+MB from Cox or Comcast you can go with a Roku TV, OTA ant, netflix, hulu and whatever skinny bundle you like and get to about $150.

I have X1 with every station, 5 HD televisions, HBO and every station under the sun and 100 mb download for $250.

So you can get 90% of the product with 60% of the efficiency and save $115. I can see how that is attractive - but I’d rather be able to change the station without a 30 second lag or read twitter during a game and not have it filled with spoilers.
I have roku and apple tv with basic internet. we get hulu and I dont miss cable at all.
changing stations takes maybe a second or two.
only think i dont like is that you cant easily flip between two programs (really miss the 'last channel' button).
everything has to go through the channel menu.
 

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I have roku and apple tv with basic internet. we get hulu and I dont miss cable at all.
changing stations takes maybe a second or two.
only think i dont like is that you cant easily flip between two programs (really miss the 'last channel' button).
everything has to go through the channel menu.
changing stations on non live sporting events is fine. When you are bouncing between live games it’s brutal.

My in-laws don’t speak English - I’ve rigged up every legal and illegal streaming combination known to man to get them programming their native tongue.

I get people liking the $100 or so savings - I watch way too much sports to get by with a streaming skinny bundle.
 

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I got rid of cable last year and got Hulu. I get all the ESPN channels and had zero problem watching Uconn games. except when they are on CBSSN.
Hulu Live has CBSSN. I’m watching it now.
 

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UFC and soccer fans. Some hockey fans.
Whaler reminded me that the American doesn't sponsor hockey. Not sure if they can still pick up our games as tier 3 content though.
 

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On a board full of terrible efforts at branding... yours is by far and away the worst.

This includes a guy named ‘Report Card’ who gives number grades between 1-10.
that's it? that's all you got? oh well, happy cake day!
 
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I’m a cord cutter too and what is driving internet prices is the fact that most of these companies have sole control over the telecom wiring from the local governments. Like I said there are companies working on high speed wireless internet via satellite and if that takes off these traditional cable companies are in a world of trouble. Just as an example, Google is currently working on satellite internet. We’re not talking about some guy in his garage.
Nobody likes a suck-up.
 
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I know you aren’t capable of this based on your posts - but maybe consider the entire marketplace dynamic and not just how you interact with television.

I have had ESPN+ for a while because my soccer club in England was relgated and ESPN+ has the rights to the English 2nd Division. I watch it on my phone and everything! I have X1 because streaming sports sucks and I’m not a poor.

At the same time I know a lot of old people who watch the UConn women - and they will never see a game on ESPN+. For every tech savvy boomer being poisoned on Facebook there is one who has no idea how to stream a single thing. My mother is 70 and lives in a senior community - there is no way beyond going over and turning the game on for them they will ever see a game on +.
You own a soccer club in England?
 

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I got rid of cable last year and got Hulu. I get all the ESPN channels and had zero problem watching Uconn games. except when they are on CBSSN.
Hulu Live has CBSSN. I’m watching it now.

The CBSSN games are the primary reason why I switched from Sling TV to You Tube TV. Tried Hulu Live and was getting too much buffering, pixilated and SD video.
 
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Big East Is Not Only Surviving But Thriving Without Big-Time Football

With the big east crowd emerging again, I have to admit I've started to consider it myself after this atrocity.

But a little research brought me to this and I'm trying to make sense of it. According to this, the big east schools are getting a little over 3 million per school. Am I not reading this right? I've read on here they have been making anywhere from 4-6.

If this is true you can see why nobody in storrs is rushing to get into the big east and cancel football
 
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Big East Is Not Only Surviving But Thriving Without Big-Time Football

With the big east crowd emerging again, I have to admit I've started to consider it myself after this atrocity.

But a little research brought me to this and I'm trying to make sense of it. According to this,
the big east schools are getting a little over 3 million per school. Am I not reading this right? I've read on here they have been making anywhere from 4-6.

If this is true you can see why nobody in storrs is rushing to get into the big east and cancel football
I feel like there is a rather large piece of the puzzle you are missing.
 

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