The only thing that matters when it comes to Fox Sports 1 is how well they broadcast live sports. Despite the red flags that we've seen in recent days, the quality and success of FS1 is completely tied to the quality of its live sports coverage.
Unsurprisingly, Fox Sports 1 got smoked by ESPN in its first week in existence. FS1, which is widely regarded as the most legitimate threat to ESPN hegemony that the industry has seen, averaged 161,000 viewers in primetime in its first week, compared to 2.17 million for ESPN, according to Variety.
Fox Sports 1 launches on Saturday. Because of the money behind it, the talent involved and the portfolio of sports rights that Fox owns, it's the most formidable threat ESPN has faced since it became the most valuable media company in the world. But will FS1 be good for viewers?
LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Media companies from NBC and Fox to Al-Jazeera are digging deep into their wallets to build new national sports networks and grab a slice of the lucrative market dominated by Walt Disney Co's sports juggernaut ESPN. The networks are chasing the big advertising dollars that flow into live sports programming, plus monthly subscription fees paid by cable operators that are far higher than those for other channels. Just this week, NBC Sports Network outbid Fox for the rights to air England's Premier League soccer. ...