For the many reasons that the Republican presidential debates have been so popular, the main one is simply that they're live -- happening right before our eyes. When Rick Perry says "Oops," he's saying it just as we're hearing it. Wow, a live "Oops." This is why, whether you like sports or not, each month you're charged about eight bucks on your cable bill for the privilege of not watching sports. Pay up for sports or you don't get anything else you might want to watch on cable,
You see, games are about the last thing scheduled live on television; they're not edited for time, not taped news packages and not delayed by time zone. And there are more than enough fans who
ESPN now collects an average of $4.69 for every cable home --
Understand, ESPN is an entirely different programming animal than say, is CBS, which dominates prime time, or A&E or HBO or Showtime on cable. Those networks must
It's a great business model, taxing American households. The new NBC Sports Network says it doesn't want to be like ESPN. I watched some NBCSN last week. In fact, it was just like ESPN, only not nearly so good. Who are they kidding? Why wouldn't they want to be exactly like ESPN ... so they can buy more live games with your money to
Sure, you can watch everything now on tape, on DVD, on YouTube, on your iPad, on your Nook. But games are about the only thing left, scheduled, live, for real.