Originally Posted by MaverickJesus
Premier Sports having better rights is a tad subjective - ESPN has Premiership Football, Premiership Rugby Union, NFL, NBA and god knows what else. Premier Sports has what, Rugby League and Conference football? Its hardly earth shattering stuff.
I agree totally. Virgin customers in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland are not exactly champing at the bit to get access to Rugby League or Conference Football. I'd say the fan base for these particular leagues are maingly, and firmly, in England.
Also the vast majority of live action on Premier Sports takes place at almost unwatchable hours. The Copa Libertadores is shown live on a Wednesday and Thursday night from between 12:30am to 4:00am. They show NHL almost everyday with the majority of games starting at midnight, 1am, 3am and 6am. NASCAR is all over the place too with some races starting at midnight. Their coverage of boxing, provided by Showtime starts at 4am in the morning.
For me the big attraction of sport, and a sports channel is watching the event live. I'd have to either be unemployed or working shifts to be able to watch the majority of live action on Premier Sports. To be honest, you'd also need either V+ or TiVo to catch all of the action.
I posted previously that I thought Premier Sports was better than Eurosport but not as good as ESPN. I'd now like to change that opinion. Premier Sports couldn't even touch Eurosport with a barge pole. Eurosport, very much like Premier Sports, don't exactly have top end sports coverage rights. Eurosport however over their 3 channels, which includes Eursport HD, tend to offer between 10 to 20 hours worth of live broadcasting everyday. They also try to cover EVERY
sport or sporting genre.