ESPN announces ESPN-W.

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  1. Tennis_Monk

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    ESPN today announced newest addition to their already spiralling line up. Channel ESPN-W will debut on April 1 this year for paid subscribers and will be fully dedicated to broadcasting tennis matches of Williams sisters. "ESPN-W has figured out what US sports lovers wants" says T.Hissucks, director,Fully Rotten Broadcasting, a marketing research firm."This is a classic case of demand exceeding the supply.US Tennis lovers need more Williams tennis matches and ESPN-W aims to fill in that void.It is almost impossible for any other channel to pull this off" notes H.Aplessvuwer of the Tennis times magazine.

    ESPN Tennis Program director Wewil kilu indicated that viewers can expect non stop williams matches interspersed with guest appearances by Lisa Raymond, Vania King, Kevin Kim Andy Roddick and other Us tennis players.Mr.Kilu also indicates that the channel will air special shows and one minute clinics. "In our previews we have seen tremendous response from our audience for 'Shove it down the throat' and 'Whack a linesmen' shows. With ESPN-W , Audience will never have to search for a Williams Tennis match."It doesnt matter what tournament is going on and which other players are in the line up.We will find out a way to show a williams match.If Williams sisters arent playing singles,double, exhibition or even practising, we will dust off the old tapes" confirms Kilu.

    According to financial firm DowntheSink, ESPN-W will have an estimated viewership of 0.000000000000000001% and will be fully profitable in 10000000 years.

    However not everyone is warm to ESPN's efforts. A law suit is being filed by TWforum's Williams fans.The law suit alleges that ESPN has been doing this kind of programming for several years and ESPN-W is merely an effort to make more money.Several members of the forum independently confirmed to our correspondent that "ESPN's definition of tennis is Williams sisters.I dont remember seeing any other tennis player on ESPN and the other day i didnt realize it was Roger Federer playing.ESPN quickly corrected the mistake and switched back to a Venus match for everyone's relief. I am not even sure how ESPN-W will be any different from ESPN". Commenting on this lawsuit spokesperson for ESPN ,I.gnoreU indicated that ESPN-W is a result of ESPN listening to user needs. "With ESPN-W , we can now occassionally show other US players on ESPN2. Granted we will still fill ESPN2 with Williams matches but we plan on allocating atleast 1% of airtime for other US players and 0.005% of airtime for Non Us Players. It is a tremendous oppurtunity for US audience to see other players play tennis".


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    T.Hissucks = This Sucks
    H.Aplessvuwer = Hapless Viewer
    Wewil kilu = We Will Kill You
    I.gnoreU = Ignore You

    Special thanks to raiden031 for the following post

    http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=308307
     
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  2. Chadwixx

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    How surprising :roll:

    Tc offers to stream it to fans for free but espn wont allow it, but you can pay for theirs...

    Probably not gonna be able to stream wimbledon now. I hope the ibm us open hangs in there and doesnt allow espn to grace the fans with a ppv package.
     
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    best. post. ever. i loled
     
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    i hate them so. nbc worst of all though
     
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    Funny. I was just thinking they might as well rename their "Australian Open Coverage" to "Williams Sisters Coverage Regardless of Whether the Best Men in the World are Playing."
     
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    It doesn't say anything about coverage of crazy-ass Richard Williams. I'm not paying for it unless I am guaranteed video of Richard Williams calling some one a racist every 1/2 hour.
     
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    Haha great stuff
     
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    Vow! WHole channel populated by this super-ugly family. Just great! Americans have a collection of serena-and-daddy tantrums plus venus-and-mommy pouting. I don't watch them even on free Eurosport, don't trust my gag reflex when seeing williamses.
     
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    I was worried last night when watching Roddick Vs cilic about williams match. Sure enough ESPN cut off the Roddick-cilic match to show the Williams doubles. What a relief!.

    Sure enough , i couldnt see some good points in Roddick-Cilic match. Who cares? I was able to see a wiliiams doubles points.
     
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    LMTAO

    (Laffing my tennis a** off)
     
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    True greatness.

    Good post I say......good post!!!!
     
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    Very Intersting post...I'd think this is a good decision by ESPN!
     
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    HahaHaha:lol:

    Good post
     
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    LMFAO!!!

    Great post.
     
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    bump.......

    (in the event someone missed it because of a williams match)
     
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  16. DRII

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    Haters or racists much?

    me thinks so!
     
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    Haha, I lawld. Is Gilbert commentating all the matches? :twisted:
     
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    The post is a lighter vein (poorly done ofcourse) satire on ESPN. Do some people hate ESPN?--you bet. I am not sure why racism is in picture. I thought all sports channels show all "races" .
     
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    Racist? Really?
     
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    If this was a true Idea---after venus match with Na Li... they might have to rethink their decision!
     
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    i wish you were kidding

    but unfortunately i dont think you are
     
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    ESPN is a for profit business. The Williams sisters ensure higher ratings, therefore, they show the Williams sisters. They are the most popular tennis players in America.

    Why is that so hard a concept to grasp?
     
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    who said anything about not being able to grasp?. We have a right to " not like it" and poke fun with it.

    "Williams sisters ensure higher ratings?". where did this concept come from?. any facts?
     
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    A big reason they're 'popular' is because the media made them so. That's the media's job, to spot a good story, hype the hell out of it and create news.
     
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    haha.. best thread on TT in a while!!
     
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    This channel already exists. Its simply called ESPN.

    Entirely Serena Programming Network.
     
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    nice post!!!
     
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    As much as we hate it, we have to accept the fact that the Williams sisters bring in higher ratings for ESPN than men's matches. I don't know why, but it seems to be a fact. If ESPN thought that Roddick would get higher ratings, I guarantee you that ESPN would have stayed with the Roddick match. It will always be about the dollars. It is the same reason why women's figure skating is so popular on network TV. It brings in the dollars.
     
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    I was thinking the same thing even before I scrolled down to your post! We also need extended coverage of the Williams sister's off court activities, to show off how talented they are at fashion design, and acting for example. An occasional Mary Carillo piece would make me jump for joy as well.
     
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    Truthfully, and I'm not racist, hell, I love NFL football. But, if the Williams sisters weren't black, they wouldn't be shoved down our throats. ESPN caters to black viewers, that's where their viewership and therrefore sponsorship money comes from, with maybe exception of the red-neck, beer guzzling NASCAR fan.
     
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  31. raiden031

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    I was about to claim that you stole my idea until I read the bottom. :)
     
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    Including the gross generalizations, your post is completely absurd. Black viewers make up a relatively small % of ESPN ratings. The Williams sisters garner higher ratings (for a tennis match, truth be told tennis is hardly a well watched sport in America) because they are and have been a compelling story - and happen to have brought a new level of power and athleticism to the sport.

    Some of it may have to do with race, only because the Williams sisters were 'different' and came to dominate tennis. If tennis were a traditionally lilly green sport and the Williams were blue it would be a similar story.

    The same would hold true for any sport where the perceived status quo is challenged and especially if it is changed: Tiger Woods and golf for example or Yao Ming in the NBA. Or if a white American came to dominate heavy weight boxing or a black American did very well in Nascar. Its just a good story of the under-dog achieving; we Americans love it.
     
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    No, I got the intended satire of your thread.

    I was referring to some of the comments in the thread.
     
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    So you're saying watching the Williams sisters would be less interesting if they were boring old white players?
     
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    Uhm yeah...

    Still would be somewhat interesting because they are sisters who have dominated. But, since tennis has been seen in the past as a 'lilly white' sport... seeing two black women who are sisters dominating it at one time or another makes it that much more interesting of a story-line.
     
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    why is this always the assumption. I HATE the williams sisters. oh whoops guess i'm a rascist :shock:
    hilarious post OP btw
     
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    I wouldnt dare against Williams!
     
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    So you like them because of the color of their skin. Does that mean I'm allowed to not like them because they're black?
     
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    ESPN will show matches that casual viewers will watch... and unfortunately, most of the potential viewership are not tennis fans and do not really follow the game. So they will watch players based on name recognition and celebrity status. The Williams sisters have that. To their credit, some of it is earned by being pretty darned good tennis players. And of course some of it is the back-story, media attention over the years, etc.

    The sad reality is that if for example Paris Hilton was playing an exhibition match of some kind, it would have a good chance of drawing higher ratings than many real matches.
     
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    The Williams were a nice story ten years ago but honestly it's not a story anymore. Enough
     
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    I can just imagine that when venus was serving for the match against li na the true tennis fans of america were going thank you and maybe even saying a few lleyton hewitt style come ons finally we will get to see another match you were thinking and then ofcourse li na breaks back and eventually wins 7-5 in the third. I can here the groans from here :p
     
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    i was actually on the edge of my seat rooting for li na... precisely because i don't like venus
     
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    I want to bump this after they showed ****ing women's doubles with sisters over a fifth set in Ferrer-Almagro.
     
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    I didn't see this before the bump just now. When I saw ESPN-W I thought they were seriously creating a channel for womens sports. I thought great, now we don't have to waste valuable time on ESPN or The Deuce showing womens basketball games. All that would be left is ESPN-P to take the poker games off the main channels.
     
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    The Americans should be thanking their lucky stars the Williams Sisters are the only Americans still capable of winning slams.:)
     
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