Leading Sports News Outlets Ignore Many Leagues

If you are a sports fan, you know most of the sports news outlets accessible for your viewing or reading pleasure. What you may not know is that every of the outlets that broadcast reside games have a tendency to be biased towards the properties in which they have a direct stake.

Most recently I was watching an NFL game on Fox. In the score ticker at the bottom of my screen I noticed that they had been displaying scores from the English Premier League. Earlier in the day, Fox had broadcast a replay of the Liverpool vs. Manchester United game. Clearly these scores are developed to increase interest in the home that they broadcast. I can't remember CBS or NBC ever displaying EPL scores in their tickers. Clearly only the EPL's broadcast partners see fit to display these scores.

Furthermore, in the US, ESPN doesn't give much interest to the NHL. Coverage dropped significantly after the NHL moved their games to Versus, now renamed NBC Sports. Rarely will you find a large NHL story at the leading of the headlines on their espn.com homepage. One could argue that hockey is simply not well-liked enough in the US to warrant the coverage, but the lack of coverage has been significant because they stopped broadcasting NHL games. Similarly, in Canada, the Canadian Football League (CFL) moved their game broadcasts exclusively to TSN (The Sports Network). Games used to be shared with the nationally subsidized Canadian Broadcast Corporation (CBC). Subsequently coverage on TSN's sports broadcasting competitor, Sportsnet, and other competitive Canadian outlets has been drastically decreased.

These news outlets will of course report a score, but they won't dedicate time otherwise in their daily schedules to discuss or analyze the previous week's results or upcoming matches. Here's why: if ESPN or Sportsnet don't have the rights to broadcast a particular sport, they view that any time they invest covering that sport or league as free advertisement and promotion for their broadcasting competitors. Why devote time throughout your evening or late evening highlight show or develop 60-minute show to focus on a sport that is the exclusively broadcast live by an additional network?

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Unfortunately, if you like a number of sports, it indicates that you likely won't be in a position to get all the coverage you want in one place. You require to pick and choose the outlets that cover your favorite sports very best. If you want NHL coverage, you'll likely have to appear beyond the ubiquitous ESPN properties. If you want CFL coverage in Canada you'll require to go to TSN. Of course if you are online, you can just go to the websites of the given league of interest.

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