But, you see the problem is that when it goes to steaming, only those people who want to watch ESPN will stream it. Currently, ESPN has the highest subscriber fee of any cable channel.
The grey haired old grandmother who uses cable to watch old reruns of tv shows and doesn’t care about sports, still pays for ESPN. The millions of people who are not sports enthusiasts still pay for ESPN. Why, because ESPN is a basic cable channel.
Think of some basic cable channel you wouldn’t be caught dead watching. For some people, that’s ESPN. Actually, I watch ESPN in the morning while working out. I’ll watch for college football. NFL football if my team is on. Baseball, I have the MLBTV package. That’s a lot less than what I used to watch, While the NHL my not be hot in the Houston area, in the Northeast and Midwest it’s big. NBCSN took a chunk of programming away from ESPN when it got the NHL. In the winter months, if it’s not Sportscenter or Cougar basketball, I don’t watch ESPN.
As conferences start developing their own content, fans will start looking at sources other than ESPN for their content.
The LHN is going to be an albatross for years to come for ESPN. As cord cutting becomes more prevalent, so are some of these conference rights contracts. We are already seeing this with the squawking by ESPN of the BIG XII adding 4 teams.