Larry Miller bought the NBA franchise for the New Orleans Jazz in 1979.  Miller owned a gazillion car dealerships in Utah, and he then bought a TV station and a radio station to feature Utah Jazz basketball games.

KJZZ Channel 14 was a sweet spot of broadcast television, and it was easy for me to get hooked on the championship play of Karl Malone and John Stockton.

When Miller died, his family actually moved the Jazz games to a cable network, and scmucks like me lost the team forever.  After Stockton retired and Malone moved to LA, there was NO chance the big networks would pick up a game featuring the faltering Utah Jazz.

I felt abandoned.

SportsIn the last few years, more and more sports are falling into the abyss of cable-only coverage.

Golf has its very own channel.  Danica Patrick hardly ever shows her face of broadcast TV.

Tennis?  Ha!  Wait for the US Open.

Poor folks without a satellite dish or cable hook-up are SOL – Sports Out of Luck.

ESPN dominates that sucking sound you hear as more and more sports events disappear into cable/dish.

Aha, but those cable/dish events are going to cost sports viewers even more!  The WASHINGTON POST for January 23 reports that, “Bidding war between networks, sports leagues will increase price of cable TV”

article by Cecilia Kang

Cable TV is about to get more expensive for millions of consumers because of a bidding war between networks and the country’s most powerful sports leagues.

Time Warner Cable, Cablevision and scores of rural cable providers are tacking on sports surcharges each month, the direct result of higher fees they are paying to ESPN and other sports networks to carry their channels. Beginning Feb. 5, DirecTV will raise fees by 5.7 percent.

The rise in cable prices is likely to test the patience of customers, who may already be tempted to cut their cords in exchange for streaming options that will soon be available to them. For providers and customers, the creeping prices amount to a test — at what point will viewers decide it isn’t worth paying for cable anymore?

A flood of new options for watching TV are about to arrive this year, from HBO’s standalone service, set to launch this spring, to SlingTV, the new streaming option that will include ESPN, CNN and other popular channels.

. . . . cable and satellite firms have long seen a decline in subscribers, down 150,000 subscribers in the last quarter alone.  “In a weird way, the sports programmers are going to harm themselves if they keep going this way,”





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