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RE: End of free viewing?
I can't pretend to have done a detailed financial analysis of the various options.

But it seems to me that the CAA schools might do much better financially by making their games freely available to alumni and fans (read: donors and potential donors) via their websites, Roku, etc., and generating enthusiasm and goodwill that would lead to $$$, rather than by trying to squeeze a relative pittance out of those same fans via a corporate entity that makes your product less accessible to them.
05-24-2019 02:31 PM
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RE: End of free viewing?
Yeah, much as people like TV deals, I honestly think what we currently do - free streams - is the best option. Seems like that's off the table though, for whatever reason.
05-24-2019 02:39 PM
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RE: End of free viewing?
(05-24-2019 02:39 PM)TDenverFan Wrote:  Yeah, much as people like TV deals, I honestly think what we currently do - free streams - is the best option. Seems like that's off the table though, for whatever reason.

It might be the best deal for fans who want to watch for free, but each school doing its own stream (not all we’re free and the quality on some was poor) is not the best for the schools or the conference. Free streams don’t generate any revenue and a basketball fan flipping channels to watch a game in a random winter night will never see the school by school streams. The Flo Sports deal generates revenue which is then used to put additional games on national TV. People are scoffing at CBSSN, but 50 million households via linear TV is better than zero, which is what the conference previously had. Flo Sports is the same as ESPN+, you can download the app and then watch on your TV via your streaming device (Apple TV, Roku, etc.). It just costs more than ESPN+. But most of the conferences on ESPN+ also aren’t receiving any rights fees.
05-24-2019 04:17 PM
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RE: End of free viewing?
(05-24-2019 04:17 PM)Old tribe Wrote:  
(05-24-2019 02:39 PM)TDenverFan Wrote:  Yeah, much as people like TV deals, I honestly think what we currently do - free streams - is the best option. Seems like that's off the table though, for whatever reason.

It might be the best deal for fans who want to watch for free, but each school doing its own stream (not all we’re free and the quality on some was poor) is not the best for the schools or the conference. Free streams don’t generate any revenue and a basketball fan flipping channels to watch a game in a random winter night will never see the school by school streams. The Flo Sports deal generates revenue which is then used to put additional games on national TV. People are scoffing at CBSSN, but 50 million households via linear TV is better than zero, which is what the conference previously had. Flo Sports is the same as ESPN+, you can download the app and then watch on your TV via your streaming device (Apple TV, Roku, etc.). It just costs more than ESPN+. But most of the conferences on ESPN+ also aren’t receiving any rights fees.

So if we're doing Flo Sports, I agree that using the funds to get on CBSSN is better than giving each school 50k. My only question is how many random people are watching these games. Getting W&M on TV is always good for the school, but I'm not sure how many non CAA fans are gonna flip through the channels and settle on a CAA game, especially since there will almost certainly be a more marquee matchup on ESPN or something.
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