Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Fox Sports 1 Is A Crappy Place To Televise The Giants-Cards NLCS But You Already Knew That

 Shows you what Fox Sports Execs think of the National League Championship Series.

Yeah, I understand the audience for a Simpsons episode is bigger and makes more money, but that was the other night.

I have supreme news: I finally found FS1--I'm feeling pretty good.

And you?



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50 comments:

  1. What a joke! Thanks for the link Richard

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  2. And then when you do locate it you find out that the biased, pompous Joe Buck is calling the game.

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  3. FUCK Joe Buck and his bias ass commentating!

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  4. Rich... news just in... broadcasters are "for profit"

    The name of the game is to turn a profit

    You don't have to listen to TV/Radio you don't like, tune it out

    You are "B" actor commenting on a "A" movies.

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  5. Too bad for Fox Sports 1. It's been a great Giants-Cardinals series thus far! So who's going up against the Kansas City Royals? Will it be the San Francisco Giants or the St Louis Cardinals???

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  6. Who cares. Fuck the Giants and their piece of shit fan base.

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    1. Sour grapes, much?!

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    2. Waaaah....a bitter aaa's fan...

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    3. The who? I'm a Dodgers fan. You guys just jump on that wagon. The luck will end.

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    4. "Who cares. Fuck the Giants and their piece of shit fan base."

      Awwwwww, you mad, Boo?

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    5. Been on the wagon for 46 years, 8:38. The luck will end at some point. In the mean time, we will enjoy our 3rd NL flag in this young decade! Enjoy your memories of 1988!

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  7. Screw Joe Buck! I tuned to ESPN radio on the TuneIn app instead.

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  8. I’ve been watching FS1 for awhile and they do a great job with college football, international motorsport (F1 & MotoGP) and the MLB playoffs. Cable sports has becoming so specialized that except for the Olympics, “majors” in golf & tennis and the NFL, the days of network sports are long gone.

    And 7:06PM, have another glass of whiskey sour and bitters. Whatever loser baseball team you root for, they sure ain’t going for the ring like the Gigantes!

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  9. Erin Andrews makes Amy G seem like a journalist.

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    1. Couple of days ago Andrews: "Hunter, I've never seen your hair so curly!"

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    2. Erin has more talent in her left breast

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  10. Yeah - so FS1 is 408 on Comcast. I've long since given up trying to figure out why / where this type of series is telecast. I only know it's ALWAYS all about MONEY in some way, shape or form....the teams, and MLB, have contracts with the networks, blah blah blah. I mute the TV and listen to the Giants broadcasters - even though there's a 7-second delay. Works for me. It'll be the Giants and Kansas in the Series - no doubt.

    And hey 7:06 - sure, you can say anything you want. But why don't you take your profanity and nasty attitude to some other blog? You're disgusting.

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  11. Its about ratings, and baseball doesn't get them.

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  12. It's all good.....

    I can catch Giants games on the radio, even when I'm on the bus or walking down the street. I've got an old Radio Shack AM-FM "Sports" pocket receiver which is about the size of a couple packs of gum, powered by one AA battery, that still works like a champ. Plug in a set of earphones, and I'm in business.

    If championship series baseball isn't being shown on broadcast TV, fine by me.

    MLB is just shooting itself in the foot. Alienate your fans by taking games off broadcast TV? Then F YOU, BABY!

    And, by the way: JOE BUCK YOURSELF!

    - Greg from SF

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  13. Its better than TBS and Ernie Johnson who you cannot hear above the crowd noise and who lack of baseball pxp is obvious.

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  14. Given how much Fox paid for baseball, where would you expect them to run the game? Fox News? If they run it on the Fox network, they have to share revenue with the affiliates. By running it on FS1, they can force more cable companies to carry the network and they get to keep all of the revenue.

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  15. Here is what I think I figured out. KNBR and KMOX do not have the broadcast rights. Or if they do, I was not able to listen to the game on their apps last night. ESPN has the game on audio but it was running 60 seconds behind TV. On MLB you can supposedly buy a subscription but the NL games 4-7 I believe are not being broadcast. So if you want to hear or see the game, sitting on your ass at home and watching it on Fox Sports is the only way to do it. Even the Fox Sports app, I need to log in with my cable provider who is not listed as one of their cable providers. How stupid can MLB and Fox be?

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    1. You can listen to knbr on an actual radio, but no baseball games of any teams are aired on their affiliates if you try to listen to them online. MLB set that policy. If you want to listen to games online (except espn games) you have to pay MLB. Annoying, yes, but as someone above said, it's all about the money. Thank you Bud Selig.

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  16. Actually I have one of the little black analog to digital converters from Comcast in the garage and I was surprised that the game was on there. Its normally channel 2-109 or so. I put in 408 and the game was on. So quit your bitching.

    I would rather listen to Amy G. and the lame ass stupid shit she talks about that Krook and Hype any day

    Go KC

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  17. 2:09 AM, What in the hell are you talking about? You're crossing TV rights and radio rights. Those are mutually exclusive. The local radio outlets, DO have the broadcast rights, to ALL the games through the World Series. The only caveat is that their radio networks must go dark during the World Series as ESPN radio has the exclusive rights for those games, except for the local outlet (KNBR for the Giants). The local radio outlets have NEVER been allowed to stream the games for free, however, at any time. You need a subscription to either MLB.com or Sirius/XM, and that includes all the regular season and post season games.
    Fox has the exclusive rights to the NLCS and the World Series for TV. My beef is that you can't get FS1 in any hotel, so I had to stream the Giants/Nationals games on my Mini when we traveled a couple of weeks ago.
    Maybe you shouldn't be posting threads at 2:09 am.

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    1. MLB is not offering the game tonight in the Bay Area, even if you pay for it. If you are on a mobile device you cannot listen to the game unless you get the ESPN app which is 60 seconds behind real time. Or you can get the Fox Sports 1 app but you need a subscription to a major cable provider to access the game.

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  18. Joe Buck in St.Louis:" Its 58f and drizzle,not bad for this time of year". Joe Buck in San Francisco: "Its 65f,windy and chilly". If it had been 80f,Buck would have gone on about the " Terrible high skies here".
    All I know is Buck embarrassed himself and the profession of broadcasting when on air he called Barry Bonds single year HR record with a dripping sarcastic call. As the ball landed in the stands at ATT, with a "Oh,yawn..yay. He-just -set -the record- yay.
    If he had done that about a Yankee? He would have been run out of the bizz.
    And lastly..FOX does everything wrong. Now they do sports wrong on two channels.

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    1. Stan -- Bonds is a liar and a cheater. The less we hear of his tainted record,
      the better. Shame on the Giants for giving that crook a chance to throw out the first pitch last night

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    2. anon at 12:26..Troy Glaus of the Angels was World Series MVP in 2002...he was later found to have tested positive for HGH...yet never suffered any slings and arrows from the media, or self righteous know nothings such as yourself. At least be consistent with your high horse outrage, and aim it at all the mid tier MLB players that took PED's and tested positive, which by the way, despite tons of tests, Barry never tested positive.

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  19. ok, I'll play. I found the channel and watched the game. Even though I'm pro-Giants, I tried to view the program itself from an objective place. I noticed quickly that the factoids, vignettes, whatever- about St. Louis were pretty free-flowing. The Giants' "info-bites"- seemed delayed, or half-developed. Maybe with no names on uniforms it took the announcing crew and producers a few too many extra steps to come back with a timely comment? I'm trying to be fair and kind. But it is noticeable.

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  20. That Dodgers' fans who called out the Giants fans, hey I got news for you....your 'fans' if you want to call them that, are just as much a bunch of 'frontrunners' as anyone else. The Dodgers spent more money, had more talent on paper, had the best pitcher on the planet, won the NL West, but look who's still playing! Not the boys in blue! LA choked away another opportunity, (as did the Angels vs the Royals), so now we're going to get two very intriguing teams; KC and either the Giants or Cardinals in the World Series. To that Dodger fan: You should be mad with your team for pissing away the post season to St Louis as Kershaw coughed it up in two games in two awful innings, Puig is a punk and a showoff, and Mattingly couldn't manage his way out of a paper bag. Breath the smog and enjoy the beauty Dodger Stadium while you listen to the once great, but rapidly fading Vince Scully describe another disappointing Dodger season next year. And by the way, LA has two of the most inappropriate names for two of their sports teams. The Dodgers were called that in Brooklyn because it was supposed to mean 'Trolley-Dodgers' for the Trolley cars in Brooklyn. I don't see any trolley cars in LA. And the Lakers? They were called the Lakers because they were originally in Minneapolis which of course is in the state of a thousand lakes. I don't see any lakes in LA. At least the Angels is an applicable name for an LA area team, although they should be called the Anaheim Angels, not the LA Angels as they don't play their games in LA. But then, the 49ers don't play in SF anymore but they are still referred to as the San Francisco 49ers.

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  21. Yeah its horrible that you barely have any of the baseball playoffs on broadcast TV. If your going to have the playoffs on cable TV at least have it on a channel that is on the basic package. I'm guessing the AL playoffs on TBS is more accessible than the NL playoffs on FOX1 so least MLB got half of that right. NBA has their playoffs on TNT and ESPN which is on basic cable and bring in good ratings. MLB should rethink their TV rights with FOX and look into finding a station(CBS, NBC, ABC) that is willing to show the baseball playoffs instead of their primetime shows in October

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  22. 10:06- Nice take!

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  23. General consensus is that, until a network is commonly available everywhere, a sporting event of this magnitude shouldn't be shown on this. I've heard lots of broadcasters on the various sports radio outlets say the same thing: "if you can't watch it on a typical hotel room TV, it shouldn't be on that network" and I agree completely.

    Add in the fact that FS1 is desperate to use this series as an opportunity to promote the rest of their lousy programming lineup and the poor job of branding they have done ("Fox Sports" is on Fox Network, but "Fox Sports 1 & 2" are on their own cable channels - couldn't they name them something else to alleviate confusion?), and you have all of the grumbling and criticism this broadcasting decision deserves.

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  24. If you haven't noticed, Fox doesn't care about people. Only its bottom line. It's possible that prime time programming makes them more dollars than playoff baseball. Hence, it goes elsewhere. It's the American way friends. Fuck you for a dollar. Wake up.

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  25. I'm commenting from out of state and there is absolutely zero interest in the playoffs. If you can escape the mind numbing reach of KNBR, you quickly find out that the Giants are pretty meaningless, even with the titles.

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  26. So with HBO going to be available without a cable or satellite subscription will it be long before ESPN goes that way as well? Or will ESPN, as a part of the Disney empire be limited to cable/satellite subscriptions to foster a cable/satellite environment for the rest of the Disney family? Is a lone wolf movie service, like HBO, the only kind of cable/satellite service that would work directly for sale over the internet?

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  27. By choosing FS1, it's almost as if Major League Baseball was seeking a built-in excuse for their horrific ratings.

    When I'm staying at a major hotel chain in one of the biggest cities in America -- and I cannot get the station carrying a MLB championship game, it is a situation that is beyond sad.

    Great job, Bud! Now get the hell out of here!

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  28. I was watching a slow mo replay of Posey hitting. Strange that as Posey's bat made contact,you could see the bat flex. I replayed the replay three times..it flexed. I wonder if Posey uses a corked bat? Or whatever science has come up with. I looked for that with other hitters,saw no flex. Pablo's bat might as well be steel in comparison.

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    1. Ok ,now I was watching and I see a bat do that same thing in super slow,slow,motion. But it wasn't Posey hitting. No sooner do I do a huh,Buck says that Bumgarner is using Posey's bat!
      Watch for yerself!
      Hey maybe Posey is using a rare mahogany wood bat from the Congo. Flexible wood. Yessss. Leave it at that.

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    2. If you've ever watched any baseball games over the last few years with the super slow mo, all the bats flex like that...

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  29. Hey 11:30 am, people are always less than interested in the games when their teams aren't involved. You think we out here on the west coast cared when the White Sox and Astros played in the series in 2005? Or the Cardinals played the Rangers in 2011? So what would you like to see, Boston or the Yanks in every year just because they have more fans nationwide? Jeez, that would be pretty boring!

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  30. Fox Sports, ever irritating SF sports fans. The best example was two years ago, when Joe Buck broadcast the NY Giants win over the 49ers at Candlestick, then made it to AT&T Park to do NLCS game 1, a Cardinals win over the Giants.

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  31. Fox Sports 1 had its highest audience Wednesday with 5 million viewers. That's why the series is on FS1 - and to get people to stick around around and check out their recap show and perhaps watch it again. You can tell Fox is desperate to jump start the channel, originally the plan was to show at least one LCS game on FS1, not ALL of them. And it isn't like the Fox Thursday schedule is Must See TV.

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  32. Thanks for this info. I watched the game last night. Listening to Joe Buck and Harold Reynolds was like listening to Cardinals' broadcasters. Yeah, I know Buck's dad, Jack, was a long-time play-by-play guy for the Cards, but jeez. . . some semblance of impartiality would've been nice.

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  33. What have I learned this postseason? Joe Buck is pretty professional (laying aside his loyalties to his hometown Cardinals) and sounds much better without Tim McCarver at his side. Harold Reynolds can be just as irritating as McCarver. I couldn't stand Matt Vasgersian (which is really sad since he's from the Bay Area). He kept closing off each inning with the hopes of a Nationals' walk-off victory during that 18-inning game.

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  34. Joe Buck is a two-bit hack who would never be broadcasting on the network level had it not been for his dad, the late Hall of Famer Jack Buck, opening doors for him. He hasn't earned any of the jobs he's gotten. He's like Fatty-Fitz, who's dad was t he Mayor of Foster City and essentially bought Fitzie his job at KNBR by giving Then-GM Tony Salvador golf clubs and letting him play at his golf course for free a number of times. Now that was a blatantly shameful episode, and Fitz learned the art of 'schmoozing' well, as he has his flack, that idiot Martin Mandel, undercut Greg Papa by offering Fitzie's services to the Warriors back in 1997 for half of what Papa was getting paid. Chris Cohan's hatchet-man Robbie Rowell, a man with zero integrity, went along with the deal and fired Papa, and now you know why Fitzie has been with the Warriors for so many years and was always making excuses for the team during the awful years between 1997-2006.

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  35. I swear Buck, Reynolds and Verducci were sitting in the both all wearing Cardinal uniforms. Reynolds was just awful.

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  36. It takes the same amount of time to turn on a TV, scroll through a channel guide and find an unfamiliar channel, as it does to turn on a computer, open a browser, sign in, locate the bookmark for this site, access this site, and post a comment crying about not being able to find a channel.

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  37. Yeah I'm not a big fan of Joe Buck, but it was easy to tune him out, and I don't care what team you fly colors for, that was great baseball.

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