Leading Sports News Outlets Ignore Many Leagues

If you are a sports fan, you know most of the sports news outlets accessible for your viewing or reading pleasure. What you may not know is that each of the outlets that broadcast reside games have a tendency to be biased towards the properties in which they have a direct stake.

Most recently I was watching an NFL game on Fox. In the score ticker at the bottom of my screen I noticed that they were showing 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 developed to increase interest in the home that they broadcast. I can't keep in mind CBS or NBC ever showing EPL scores in their tickers. Clearly only the EPL's broadcast partners see fit to display these scores.

Furthermore, in the US, ESPN doesn't give much interest to the NHL. Coverage dropped considerably after the NHL moved their games to Versus, now renamed NBC Sports. Rarely will you discover a large NHL story at the top of the headlines on their espn.com homepage. One could argue that hockey is merely not well-liked sufficient in the US to warrant the coverage, but the lack of coverage has been substantial since they stopped broadcasting NHL games. Similarly, in Canada, the Canadian Football League (CFL) moved their game broadcasts exclusively to TSN (The Sports Network). Games utilized 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 every day schedules to talk about or analyze the previous week's results or upcoming matches. Here's why: if ESPN or Sportsnet don't have the rights to broadcast a particular sport, they view that any time they spend covering that sport or league as totally free advertisement and promotion for their broadcasting competitors. Why devote time throughout your evening or late night highlight show or create 60-minute show to concentrate on a sport that is the exclusively broadcast reside by an additional network?

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Sadly, if you like a number of sports, it means that you likely won't be able to get all the coverage you want in one place. You need to choose and select the outlets that cover your preferred sports very best. If you want NHL coverage, you'll likely have to look beyond the ubiquitous ESPN properties. If you want CFL coverage in Canada you'll need to go to TSN. Of course if you are online, you can just go to the web sites of the offered league of interest.