Top Sports News Outlets Ignore Numerous Leagues

If you are a sports fan, you know most of the sports news outlets available for your viewing or reading pleasure. What you might not know is that every of the outlets that broadcast live games tend to be biased towards the properties in which they have a direct stake.

Most lately I was watching an NFL game on Fox. In the score ticker at the bottom of my screen I noticed that they were displaying scores from the English Premier League. Earlier in the day, Fox had broadcast a replay of the Liverpool vs. Manchester United game. Clearly these scores are designed to increase interest in the property that they broadcast. I can't remember CBS or NBC ever displaying EPL scores in their tickers. Clearly only the EPL's broadcast partners see match to show these scores.

Moreover, in the US, ESPN doesn't give a lot attention to the NHL. Coverage dropped significantly following the NHL moved their games to Versus, now renamed NBC Sports. Seldom will you find a big NHL story at the leading of the headlines on their espn.com homepage. One could argue that hockey is simply not popular enough in the US to warrant the coverage, but the lack of coverage has been significant because they stopped broadcasting NHL games. Similarly, in Canada, the Canadian Football League (CFL) moved their game broadcasts exclusively to TSN (The Sports Network). Games used to be shared with the nationally subsidized Canadian Broadcast Corporation (CBC). Subsequently coverage on TSN's sports broadcasting competitor, Sportsnet, and other competitive Canadian outlets has been drastically decreased.

These news outlets will of course report a score, but they won't dedicate time otherwise in their daily schedules to discuss or analyze the prior week's outcomes or upcoming matches. Here's why: if ESPN or Sportsnet don't have the rights to broadcast a certain sport, they view that any time they spend covering that sport or league as free advertisement and promotion for their broadcasting competitors. Why devote time throughout your evening or late evening highlight show or develop 60-minute show to focus on a sport that is the exclusively broadcast live by another network?

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Unfortunately, if you like several sports, it indicates that you most likely won't be able to get all the coverage you want in 1 location. You require to pick and choose the outlets that cover your favorite sports best. If you want NHL coverage, you'll most likely have to appear beyond the ubiquitous ESPN properties. If you want CFL coverage in Canada you'll require to go to TSN. Of course if you are online, you can just go to the websites of the given league of interest.