johnnyangryfuzzball wrote: ↑Tue May 04, 2021 8:43 pm
MGB01 wrote: ↑Mon May 03, 2021 3:26 pm
Making this the second property that FOX has gotten out of early in the last year--they cut out of the U.S. Open halfway through and it went back to NBC. Unlike CBS/Masters they didn't have a sole NFL window the week they were originally scheduled to do so. Golf is the least suited for FOX so that wasn't unexpected.
It's odd. We've heard all along that Fox needs content now that they spun off 20th Century to Disney. But the sports content they have, they keep getting rid of it. What gives?
Well two things specifically here: FOX is (or was) paying an awful lot to cover three golf events (US Open men's, women's, and senior) a year, plus FOX is really ill-suited for golf. IIRC they did the deal with the USGA right around the time they were developing FS1, obviously it didn't play as well on the field, so they got their mulligan. For TNF, they lose Buck and Aikman on Sundays they don't have the doubleheader, plus I think there were talks of having pre-TNF bye scheduling (which ultimately became just Game 17) so you could have a game like the "Har-Bowl" in 2011. As with the first one, it didn't play out as well.
So while they lost it, which definition of lose are we talking here? Lose as in loss, or lose as in pass? It's probably more towards the latter, I don't think tacking TSL onto MLB as a lead-in for four weeks qualifies as not actively going for content, just reconsidering the ones that don't serve their purpose anymore.