Originally Posted by Kager
People are over sensitive about the fact that we are a small market team that doesn't get the coverage that the best team in pro sports deserve....
While that might be true fact is the big cities have more people with more screens tuned in, and the flow over is people from small cities then get bright light fever and also follow the big city teams.
Now while they have very little good journalism involved ESPN are a good business, they are promoters, and as such they hype to the larger markets to make better money... which is what any business does.
10 years ago that was a problem as we could not see our Spurs play, especially this side of the world, but now there is league pass at the cost of 4 tickets to one game. If we want to show ESPN they are wrong we should be putting money where our complaints are and subsribe to the Spurs package and show some reason for them to focus on that to draw us back.
This is a chicken and egg problem. First as far as Spurs fans putting eyeballs on the TV, there is no fan base in the league that does a better job...and it's not even close:
The Spurs two years ago had double the TV ratings of the next closest team. Of course, that takes into account the Spurs small market size, but what about compared total...well, the Spurs punch way above their weight in that department as well being the 5th most watched team.
You might say that was two years ago, what about last year? Well, there was a slight drop off, but again the Spurs led the league in local TV ratings:
Team RSN Avg. rating Change Avg. households
San Antonio FS Southwest 8.00 -21.5 70,000
Miami Sun Sports 6.59 27.0 104,000
Oklahoma City FS Oklahoma 6.58 131.7 47,000
Chicago CSN Chicago 5.85 38.6 204,000
L.A. Lakers FS West 4.64 -2.7 258,000
As you said, BSPN (and the NBA) is the king of promotion and as such, should be able to promote a team with such an incredibly loyal fan base.