Herb Tarlik wrote:I havent watched one minute of ESPN since F1 was last carried by them. 15 years ago? I dont know, I've lost track. So I dont know anything about their current on-air talent. I just know from following the financial news that ESPN is an enormous drain on Disney, to the point that no one wants to buy Disney because they would then be caught up in the financial disaster that is ESPN. Big media is in an M & A state these days and the name Disney is often floated, but then ESPN is brought up and Disney is quickly dismissed.
I would dispute that info because just in NCAA Basketball alone ESPN ratings are quite high and NFL coverage is still among the best and they do the entire day and it pulls in ratings. NBA coverage took a while to get close to NBC good but it's come pretty close in recent years. Initially it felt like high school gym basketball in terms of picture quality and camera angles/positioning. TNT is the best NBA broadcaster ATM and has been so for a few years but I would prefer to not have to watch the almost WWE nonsense between the other 3 guys since Shaq joined the team.
Disney now owns Marvel and Starwars and ILM which they added to the Disney name and they also own Pixar so even if ESPN was somehow as unprofitable as they are claiming the network is, it would matter little to nothing for any entity looking to buy Disney and their umbrella of companies.
Our main concern is that they put together a proper broadcast team to best showcase F1 both on home soil and abroad so as to further strengthen and grow viewership and the fanbase. If they get that right I'm sure we'll all be satisfied. Just please, Please PLEEEEEEASE No Diffey!