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Saturday, April 19, 2014

CBS Made a Bold Move for the 2014-2015 Season, Here's One Suggestion Each for the Other Networks

With upfronts just a little more than a month away, the major broadcast networks are either scrambling (ABC, NBC, Fox) or putting the finishing touches on (CBS) their 2014-2015 schedule. There are always many factors each network head considers when putting together their final slate, but one factor that seems to be controlling the sleepless nights of these executives is the simple fact that there are less viewers in broadcast primetime than ever before. At least less viewers that are watching their programs live. Yes, broadcast television has and will continue to lose viewers to cable but there will always be an audience for the shows on the "over-the-air" networks. That audience however is more and more devouring those offerings on their own time (DVR, streaming services) which is leading to decreased ratings, which in turn is leading to lower ad revenue for the broadcast nets.

So how, in an age where we are almost a 100 percent on-demand culture, do you assure those live eyeballs and delay the death of the network broadcast model? You have to be, and let me hit just hit a couple of buttons here, but you have to be bold. Bold as in programming moves that no one would see coming, but moves that also make quite a bit of sense to attracting and maintaining viewers. No network is immune to this strategy, a strategy that you've already seen put into effect in the very recent past. CBS, the number one network in primetime, bought the rights to eight Thursday night NFL games for the upcoming fall season. Keep in mind, these right are not exclusive (they will also be shown on the NFL Network) and CBS already had a great Thursday night lineup (ratings-wise, do not take this as my endorsement of the quality of programming that The Big Bang Theory is not). But they made the move because the landscape is changing, more and more by the season. With that in mind, here are four bold moves I'd suggest to the other networks to get more live eyeballs back on their networks.

1. Fox should acquire the rights to WWE Monday Night RAW. Not for one of their cable networks, but for actual Fox.

WWE on broadcast television wouldn't be a new thing, NBC famously aired "Saturday Night's Main Event" starting in the mid-1980's and it came back for a second run in the late half of the 2000's. Even Fox has aired wrestling before, picking up the rights to the show in 1992 but only airing it twice. The WWE package is up for grabs right now and Fox is a rumored partner, however with programming likely to air on one of their cable nets, be it FX or Fox Sports 1. Currently Monday Night RAW resides on USA and Smackdown is on Friday nights on Syfy, two networks a part of the NBC Universal family. They have the right to match any offer but with the guaranteed audience that Monday Night Raw delivers (it did a 1.9 adult rating on the Monday after Wrestlemania, which is more healthy than what The Following has offering in recent weeks) I think this move would be a coup for Fox. Yes, you would have to take away an hour from your network affiliates (unless they go back to a two-hour RAW starting at 8ET or put the third hour on FX or Fox Sports 1 - both options unlikely), but you acquire two more hours of live event programming which is about as DVR proof as it gets. WWE would benefit with more exposure and credibility which would lead to more eyes and more dollars to their WWE Network. Fox could use wrestler cameos on some of their primetime shows as well. If Fox wants to get really bold, they could air one of the pay-per-view events on their network per year, possibly Summerslam or maybe go for broke and air a Wrestlemania live on network TV. The more I think about this the more both unlikely and intelligent this move seems.

2. NBC should renew Parks and Recreation and Community, move them to Saturday nights at 10/9 Central.

People stay home on Saturday nights, believe me, it's true. You get to a certain age and it just happens. But while there's really no point to watching anything in primetime on Saturdays right now, SNL still draws a lot of viewers, and a lot of them are live. It's consistently the top-rated show on all of broadcast come Saturday nights, despite it's 11:30pm Eastern start time. So maybe it's time NBC gives the show a proper lead-in. Take your two critically acclaimed cult comedies that draw barely a 1.0 18-49 rating on Thursday nights and move them to Saturdays at 10 ET. If people do venture out that night, they'll DVR the show like most fans of those shows do anyway. I'd schedule NBC Saturdays like this - 

8 ET       Best of Late Night with Seth Meyers
9 ET       Best of the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon
10 ET     Parks and Recreation
1030ET  Community

Add those best of shows (weekly highlight shows in essence) to help the night flow and expose more eyes to your late-night programming (one concern would be that people would be less inclined to watch The Tonight Show or Late Night live, but I don't fear that outcome too much in this scenario). I would hold off on this schedule until January after the college football season has concluded however. Seem crazy? It is. But NBC on Saturday nights (or anyone for that matter) can't do much worse than what they are doing now.

3. ABC should take the "Agents of S.H.E.I.L.D. strategy" and apply that to their Disney connections. Also, TGIF.

The TV ratings landscape has really changed over the last decade. Let's take a look at the 9pm Eastern hour from Tuesday, April 15th. On the Tiffany network, you have NCIS:LA bringing in a monster 14.69 million people and a 2.1 rating in adults 18-49. On ABC, you have Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. bringing in nearly ten million less eyeballs but still ending up with the same 2.1 rating. Still, both networks accomplished their goal for the evening. ABC drew a strong number in the demo it cares about, while CBS attracted a lot of their normal older viewers but still did a nice job hitting that 18-49 demo. Forget about all those numbers and demos though and let me give you a different age group to care about. Kids. Specifically kids that are obsessed with the things that they like, which in turn, is actually most kids. When you're young and you like something, you go all out, and I'd like to see ABC capitalize on that fact.

With Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, ABC took the most popular movie franchise and turned it into a television show. Knowing you're not going to get Robert Downey Jr. to play the Iron Man on TV, they instead took secondary characters from The Avengers franchise and worked it into a show. Perhaps the ratings haven't been as boffo as the network may have optimistically hoped for, but I'm telling you, a 2.1 18-49 number is a number that any network will take on any night at any time (and if you somehow not only found this article and are still reading it, you know that is the case as well). What I'm suggesting for ABC is to take that strategy and apply it to their Disney library. I'm not taking airing Frozen at 7pm on Sunday as part of The Wonderful World of Disney, I'm saying take a secondary character from Frozen and build a spinoff around that. Or with any Pixar film. Get that revenue stream and bring it to your network.

Where would you program a show like this? Friday nights of course. I'm not the only one who's going to suggest that you bring back TGIF. This block of programming was loved by my generation as kids and there's no reason ABC can't try to duplicate that success. If anything, ABC should be the network airing the Girl Meets World, not the Disney channel. I bet just as many people aged 25-34 watch the follow up series to Boy Meets World as kids do.

Capitalize on nostalgia and capitalize on the addictive personalities of kids. TV success!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Three Cheers to Gord Ash

Sunday, January 19, 2014

New Thursday Night NFL Package: Whos the Favorite?

It took a long time before the NFL Network gained the sort of access into America's homes that they have today, and part of the reason they are able to justify not only being on most cable packages but also charge consumers about a buck and a half per subscriber for their network is the fact that they show live games on Thursday nights. They still want to bring you those games in 2014, but they also want another network to pay for them.

Here's what the NFL is proposing to networks - you pay us for the right to air NFL games on Thursdays, BUT we also get to air the network as well. So NBC, ABC, Fox, CBS, whoever it ends up being, they are going to pay millions of dollars for something that will already be aired on another network. Will they share a feed? Will two different crews broadcast the game? Either way, someone is going to pay millions of dollars for the right to air possibly 13 or so games (I believe Thanksgiving, Opening Night, and the last week(s?) of the season are not included in the deal. And because the NFL can do whatever they want, they'll just be finding yet another way to profit from their product.

Side note: Roger Goodell made a deal with the devil. A Super Bowl in New York City? What about a a blizzard? What about the cold? Guess what - at last check Feb 2nd in NYC is going to be 52 degrees and sunny. Alright, back to the topic at hand.

So what network do I think will win the bid for Thursday night football? Here we go, and keep in mind that the NFL wants to sell this to a broadcast network and not a cable channel. So NBC can't bid and put the game on NBCSN, and Fox can't bid and put the games on Fox Sports 1. Well, I mean, they can bid like that but I think the NFL will ultimately award the games to a broadcast network. Alright, here's my odds:

Turner Sports - 1% 

Turner had rumored interest - remember they used to broadcast a half season of Sunday Night Football back in the day - but again I think the NFL keeps the games off of cable because they will already be on cable on their network. Turner would have to get creative (and pay a lot of money) to get the bid. Like maybe put the game on TNT, the home radio feed on TBS and the away audio on TruTV. I'm not sure they'd even be able to get clearance to do that without providing their own broadcast teams, but that's how you would do it.

CBS - 6% 

I put CBS down so low because I'm not sure they want it. That's right, CBS is that strong in their primetime lineup and on Thursday nights especially that I think they put in a bid for posterity and nothing else.

Fox - 10%

Fox desperately would take these games but they will be too insistent on putting the games on Fox Sports 1. Or I could see them putting together a package where 10 games are on Fox and three are on Fox Sports 1. Or maybe the first three quarters are on Fox and then switch to Fox Sports 1 for quarter number four! All kidding aside, a split Fox/Fox Sports 1 package is likely and they are solid contenders but I think they will be outbid, basically.

NBC - 23%

NBC could also present a split NBC/NBC Sports package come to think of it. But you know, the Peacock could really use it on their broadcast network, especially with their comedic failures of this season. Plus, they already have the Thursday night season opener and the Thanksgiving night game, so it makes sense. But I think they will be outbid, strongly, by...

ABC - 60%

ESPN sees it's challengers in NBC, Fox, and even CBS all all three are giving their own sports networks the ol' college try. But ESPN will not be defeated, and they will throw a bone to their partners at ABC. ESPN will put together the package with the games to air on ABC, a network that would kill to have a solid Thursday night performer and would love to get the NFL back on it's airwaves. ESPN may ask the NFL for more rights in the deal, such as the ability to bring NFL Primetime back on Sunday nights at 6pm (NBC airs Football Night in America at that time so the NFL gave exclusive highlight rights to Dan Patrick and the gang but I could see that changing). Either way, I think ABC's desire for the NFL to return will show up in their bid and they'll be bringing you Thursday night football next season.

But so will the NFL Network, of course.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Do I Hate Certain Teams More Than I Love the Packers?

Watching the Seahawks/Saints game today, I realize I think I hate certain teams more than I actually love the Packers. I mean, I love the Packers. That goes without saying. But I think there is a scale. A love/hate scale. For as much as you love something, you can hate something the same amount. So for as much as I love the Packers, I hate certain teams just as much.

The obvious teams to hate are the Lions, Bears, and Vikings. Of those three, I hate the Vikings the most. I lived in La Crosse for six years, was around a lot of Vikings fans. And the whole Favre thing. Plus, I respect the Bears. The Vikings? I honestly don't get the appeal in that team. Except for AP. He's allright.

Other teams come and go. Niners. Cowboys. Eagles. Giants. Basically whoever last beat the Packers in the playoffs. But the Seahawks. I can not stand the Seahawks. Russell Wilson doesn't do it for me, I'm not like everyone else where I like him just because he went to Wisconsin. I think his act is contrived, and I don't like how cocky he was after the Fail Mary game. Pete Carroll. He's the worst too. I'll never get that image of him of him standing by the ref when the final verdict for the touchdown came down that night. So painful.

This article was written by a shell of my former self.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Green Day Sucks

This is way off-topic, but I hate Green Day. I'm writing a Brewers post right now, and Green Day popped up on the station I'm listening to and I just had to express this thought. Maybe their old stuff was good, but no record that they've made past 1998 is worth anything. Their songs never seem to end either. Just some terrible, terrible music. They are so watered down but nobody will admit it because of how good of an album Dookie was. But man do they suck now.

Thanks for your time.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Bucks Are 1000:1 Odds to Win the NBA Finals. That Seems Very High to Me

Thanks to our friend Jimmy Shapiro who has passed along some NBA odds from to me. Find the full list on their website and as always we break down what you can make (read: lose) if you plan to bet on the Milwaukee Bucks. First, no surprise that the Heat are still the best odds to win at 2:1. Following them are the Pacers at 7:2 and the Thunder at 7:1. Spurs come in at 7:1 and our friends from Golden State are 12:1. The Bucks? Well, not good. They were 350:1 in December but are now 1000:1.

First off, isn't that a little high? I mean there is no way in the hell the Bucks win the finals. They have the worst record in the NBA and are clearly tanking. You're telling me I could put a buck on the Bucks and win a grand if they win the NBA Finals? That's not enough of an incentive to lay even 100 cents down on this crappy team. I don't even know if I'd give up a dollar for a million to one odds. I'm not kidding. Never say never, but it is impossible for the Bucks to win the NBA finals this year. So why waste the dollar?

Milwaukee comes in at 500:1 odds to win the East. Yeah, not taking that either.

If you do want to make some money on an awful Bucks season (again, awful is subjective. We are rooting for the Bucks to do bad for a better draft pick, so really the more awful they are the better it is for the franchise, right?), bet on the Greek Freak for rookie of the year.

2013-14 Rookie of the Year - Odds to Win        
Michael Carter-Williams (PHI)      5/4
Trey Burke (UT)                         2/1
Victor Oladipo (ORL)                 5/2
Tim Hardaway Jr. (NY)               12/1
Ben McLemore (SAC)                15/1

Giannis Antetokounmpo (MIL)    20/1

You know, 20:1 odds isn't terrible for a guy who is really coming into his own as we predicted at the beginning of the year, he just needed the minutes. What the hell.... There's a few sports betting sites that help us bring you content, I'll help them in return and put 5 bucks on G for the ROY award. 

Monday, January 6, 2014

Packers Podcast: Kaepernick Strikes Again

Another Packers season ends at the hand of a quarterback that I still don't think is very good, Colin Kaepernick. I mean, sure, he's good. But is he? Yeah. But not really. (Emotions are running all over the place still after yesterday's game. I feel like someone dumped coffee all over the motherboard that connects my brain, heart, and mouth). For a little better analysis, we go as always to our friend at, Brian Carriveau.

Packers Podcast: Colin Kaepernick Beats Green Bay With His Legs

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Back in Action

Thank you thank you thank you so much for another great year in 2013. I capped it off with getting married (hence the short break), but now I'm back in action to bring you insight on to not just Wisconsin sports but to the sports world as a whole. Again, we at The Bucky Channel view all sports but from the perspective of a Wisconsin fan. We saw record numbers in 2013, and you have my promise for another year of dedicated content and updates in 2014. Here's to a great year and GO PACK!

Friday, December 20, 2013

Packers Podcast: Steelers Week

Earlier today I talked with's Brian Carriveau to preview this weekend's game between the Packers and the Steelers. Let this post also be a chance to thank our friends at for their continued support. It's so great to have a blog of their size consider us to be peers. Enjoy the podcast.

Packers Podcast: Get Ready For a Heavy Dose of Eddie Lacy in the Snow

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Aaron Rodgers Cut His Thumb Off Making a Sandwich

Aaron Rodgers was making a sandwich on Sunday when the knife he was using to cut up an ingredient slipped away from his control and ended up slicing his thumb. According to sources, the thumb has been dislodged from his right hand, which also happens to be his throwing hand. This story is still developing, and no one with the Packers organization has been able to comment at this time.

See what I did there? I used the internet to write a bunch of words and throw them together to create a story. A fake story, mind you, but a story nonetheless. Why would I do this? Because that's the same exact thing that happened on Sunday morning when I was alerted to the news that Clay Matthews broke both of his legs in a car accident, at least according to this website. Keep in mind that the website that is reporting the news is one you've never seen before, but who cares! It's on the internet, so it must be true!

I don't mind the fact that if you hear someone talk about how Clay Matthews was in a car accident and broke both of his legs, you're going to probably believe it right away. I mean, why wouldn't you? What I do mind is that people that look at the article and then tell their friends that Clay Matthews broke his legs. Seriously, look at the article. It's a joke so much so that at the bottom of the page there is this disclaimer -

FAKE... THIS STORY IS 100% FAKE! this is an entertainment website, and this is a totally fake article based on zero truth and is a complete work of fiction for entertainment purposes! this story was dynamically generated using a generic 'template' and is not factual. 

Without even reading the disclaimer, take a look at the actual article. Are there any "facts" that jump out at you as being a bit sketchy? First of all, there is no such thing as the Wisconsin Highway Safety Authority. Second of all, if it was true, they would never release this information, that would be left to either the county or city police department. Also, what 76-year old female driver is driving a 2010 Audi? And what the hell is Clay Matthews doing in Wisconsin during the offseason anyway?

The point here is that you can't take everything you see online as truth, especially when the source is highly suspect (and admits that they are a fake). Sadly, I'm sure someone has seen the headline of this article on Twitter and will tell their friends that Aaron Rodgers has cut off his thumb, as they likely didn't even follow the link to see the explanation of why that was the headline in the first place.

But kudos to the website that put out the rumor. They've likely seen an all-time high in unique visitors today, especially in Wisconsin. Hey, when my grandma is texting me asking about the rumor, you've got to be pretty proud of the reach that you've been able to accomplish.

So no, Clay Matthews did not break both of his legs. And Aaron Rodgers did not cut off his thumb. And if he did, you certainly wouldn't hear about it first on a website with as little credibility as this one.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Odds On Who Will Win Next Year's Superbowl

With the regular season not yet underway, next year’s Superbowl may seem to be a long way away, but it is never too soon to make a few speculative bets on your favorite teams while the betting odds are still attractive. However, if you are hoping to win some really useful money, it could pay to chose some of the less popular teams where the odds are very long, and even if you bet just a small amount of money on a carefully chosen selection of teams, you stand a good chance of beating the bookmakers.

Most people are betting on the usual favorites: the New England Patriots at 7/1; the San Francisco 49ers at 8/1, the Denver Broncos at 17/2 and the Green Bay Packers at around 10/1. Although those odds are fairly reasonable, with teams such as Baltimore Ravens you can find odds as long as 23/1, and if you are willing to speculate on the tenth favorites which are the Chicago Bears you can find odds as high as 48/1. Those long odds will rapidly shorten should the teams begin to perform well in the early weeks of the regular season, so now is the time to make the best of the situation.

If all of this speculation is making you a little edgy, then why not click over to an online casino like Jackpot city for a few spins on that super-slot game called 5 Million Dollar Touchdown.  This American Football themed slot has the potential to make you seriously rich; all you need do is spin 5 scatter symbols and within moments $5 million will be racing their way to your bank account. Admittedly that jackpot doesn't happen that frequently, but there are plenty of other prizes to go for too, including a minor jackpot and a fun bonus feature where you go for a touchdown.

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