Another game on ESPN360, another game I’m not gonna watch

So for the third consecutive week, the Maryland game will be on ESPN360. As a review, unless you are willing and/or able to switch to an Internet provider (like Verizon) that purchased rights to ESPN360, you can’t watch the game live. Happy footnote to Verizon customers: you’re paying for ESPN360 whether you use it or not!

Smaller Internet providers want the FCC to ban this practice, claiming it’s unfair that ESPN strikes deals with the big guys for ESPN360, and then forces customers to switch carriers if they want to watch it. In the meantime, I’m never switching for ESPN360.  F that. Bunch of shameless blood-swillers.

To me, the argument that the Terps “aren’t good enough to be on TV” doesn’t hold up.  Since when did a team have to earn its way on to the television set?  Are fans of inferior teams less deserving of TV games, or do they forfeit the right to follow their lovable loser team in whatever manner they see fit? 

For now, I’ll just keep listening on the radio (106.7 in D.C. market) or watching the Sunday replay on good old Comcast SportsNet. ESPN could funnel games of local interest to the ABC affiliate, but noooo. So just keep it up. Put the whole season on 360.  See if I care.  Hell, extend it into basketball season.  Come on, ESPN.  Is that all you got?  EASIEST TIME I EVER DID!!!


9 Responses to “Another game on ESPN360, another game I’m not gonna watch”

  1. 1 Tim
    September 27, 2009 at 1:46 am

    I agreed, Mr. M.A.S.H. F!@# ESPN and F!@# ESPN 360. Yet another Maryland sporting event, yet another non-watched game. I really would have liked to watch todays game but nooooo. Thank you whomever for not allowing me to watch. And, don’t pull this you could have watched it on the internet B.S. b/c who the hell watches sporting event on a computer screen. We’re not talking about internet porn here nor Call of Duty. All I know is that I wanted to watch Maryland play the past three Saturdays and have not been able. I don’t know who i can thank for this but thank you. Thank you for not allowing me to watch my aluma mater for three consecutive weeks. Thank you Maryland, thank you Raycom and thank you ESPN.

  2. 2 JC
    September 27, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    Sorry, disagree. I have like AT&T or Verizon or something, so I get ESPN360 and I think it’s great. Of course, you pay for it even if you don’t use it, but if that bothers you… You can subscribe to another internet provider that doesn’t subscribe to ESPN360. See, it’s like a two-way street! Capitalism is great like that.

    “Smaller Internet providers want the FCC to ban this practice, claiming it’s unfair that ESPN strikes deals with the big guys for ESPN360, and then forces customers to switch carriers if they want to watch it.”

    Uh, isn’t that, like, just good business practice? No one is stopping the smaller ISPs from subscribing to ESPN360. So then, what’s next, are they going to claim that it is “unfair” that they as smaller internet providers make smaller profits? I guess the FCC should rectify that situation as well.

    Anyway, I want to see Maryland on TV (okay, well, not this season but as a general rule), but the lack of a TV contract is more a symptom of the ACC’s ineptitude.

  3. September 27, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    I’d rather have it on ESPN360 (which I could have watched on my computer if I wasn’t so pessimistic about the Terps’ chances) than on ESPN-U, a channel that I don’t get.

  4. September 27, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    Guys, thanks for your comments. A lot of fair points here on both sides. But in response to a couple of things: on the FCC point, the smaller ISPs are claiming that they do not have the same opportunities to partner with ESPN as the bigger guys. Among the complaints are that, when they do have a chance to partner with ESPN and run ESPN360, they are charged more for that privilege than the big guys are. Again, that’s not my opinion…it’s what these guys are claiming. If it’s true, it could be construed as unfair to these smaller businesses. We’ll see what the FCC has to say about it. And with ESPNU, at least people have the opportunity to watch it at a bar or a friend’s house…with ESPN360 games, you either get it, and MUST watch on your computer, or you’re SOL. In my opinion, fans should at least have the option.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s


Contact the authors

Tips? Questions? Comments? Tirades? E-mail us here.
Add to Technorati Favorites
September 2009
« Aug   Oct »

%d bloggers like this: