Disney EchoEar Grand Mouseter
Joined: Aug. 2001
||Posted: Sep. 04, 2003 1:22 am/pm
Quite alright. You had an honest opinion and expressed it, then deleted it, no problem and no big deal.
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Professional football is something I don't follow, and I'm a fair-weather N.O. Saints follower. If home conditions with our son's homework and dinner preparation permit it I might tune into ESPN to catch Rush tonight to see how he does. But that someone you wouldn't ordinarily think of as being a sports commentator enters into contract with Disney/ESPN, let's see how the ratings go and if increased ad revenue flows toward this. Remember, overall it's the decreased ad climate on broadcast that's, in part, sinking some of Disney's ship in recent years. Disney needs that ad revenue for their bottom line. As controversial as Rush's political views may be, or not, it's a truism that when he appears on news shows the shows' ratings will spike upwards nicely, and when he's off the ratings settle down. ESPN isn't going to turn that down, especially when ABC Sports got criticized for having Dennis Miller on "Monday Night Football" as a ratings boost hopeful that turned bust and Limbaugh had been talked about for that post. If Rush is a bust on ESPN, the ratings and ad revenue will show it quickly and he'll be a goner real quick. ESPN's hot stuff in cablecasting, WWW sites and all kinds of areas. The NFL Network launches this fall, there's several regional FOX cable channels and the competition is fierce. See how it plays out. That's where the true fun of this thread lies.