Originally Posted by Lip Man 1
What folks are forgetting or overlooking about sports on WGN America is this, how do you distinguish yourself from the glut of stations available on cable or DirecTV.
THAT's one of the keys and sports programming allows you to do it....not 15 year old re-runs of "America's Funniest Videos," or "Law and Order" or 25 year old reruns of "In the Heat of the Night."
Given the choice most sports fans will watch sports even if their favorite or regional team isn't on simply because it's sports.
Even 'new' programming created by Tribune Company won't draw squat unless it's very, very good because of the number of choices available.
Given the Tribune Companies history, does anyone really expect this?
That may be true, but you also have to consider the cost of the programming. Those reruns cost Tribune Co. almost nothing to broadcast, while a new scripted show like "Salem" can be made for about a million dollars per episode, be aired multiple times, and bring in additional revenue from DVD sales, streaming, etc.
Compare that to the increasingly-stratospheric costs for baseball rights. The Dodgers now are getting $280 million a season. The Angels are getting $147 million. Even the Astros have an $80 million a year contract with Comcast.
Assuming the Cubs and Sox will be looking for similar money on their next TV contracts, it's understandable that Tribune might decide that even a partial schedule of games on WGN has gotten too pricey. I wouldn't be surprised if they eventually walk away from the local Chicago-area Sox and Cubs broadcasts as well.