I guess the Fox Sports 1 hashtag/marketing slogan “The 1 is Here” really should have been “The 0.1 is Here.”
After all, Crowd Goes Wild registered a 0.1 rating. And I hate to bring up Crowd Goes Wild again, but it’s hard not to when every time you flip on FS1, they’re promoting CGW quite a bit. The even worked a message of “please watch it” into their soccer highlights on Fox Sports Live.
That’s the first major problem with Fox Sports 1, they keep banging us over the head with Regis Philbin, Katie Nolan, the really unfunny stand-up comedian guy etc. Just forget about that and work on the other programming issues to resolve. You made a mistake- you went all in on a show with like 27 cohosts, none of which are interesting or entertaining.
Crowd Goes Wild will end up like The Chevy Chase Show or The Magic Hour. Fine. We know that. So stop putting it in the sidebar for every program on Fox Sports 1, and quit running those ads for it.
Let’s look at the bigger more important FS 1 programs.
Things have just gotten off on the wrong foot for the network.
We’re six days away from being a full month in, so it’s a fair time to look at what needs fixing. As you can tell, I really really want to see this network succeed, and truly give us a real alternative to the Mothership. Monopolist behavior is not good for anyone. And even duopoly is a preferable situation. At least it would be like American politics! A two party system is preferable to a one-party state.
But FS1 is being even more annoying with the cross-promotion and self-promotion than ESPN. (Of course, NBC is so obnoxious at doing those two things that they’ve made it an art form)
In the initial seconds of going live, the very first moment of FS1 brought us Charissa Thompson mispronouncing her own last name.
Then Fox Sports 1 on 1, a very promising half-hour interview show, unfortunately debuted with Tom Brady, THE WORST INTERVIEW SUBJECT ALIVE!
Seriously, Tom Brady is SO BORING that even when people misquote or misinterpret his soundbites, he’s still a worthless cliche convention. You heard that “Johnny Manziel is acting like a turd” line.
Here’s what he really said:
“I get pretty emotional. I have a lot of respect for the teammates, for my teammates, for my organization, and certainly for other guys in the NFL. There’s not a guy playing in the NFL who hasn’t earned the right to be here, and who isn’t supremely talented. He’s probably been the best athlete in his high school class, in his elementary school class. So when you look across the ball you have respect for those guys, and you treat them with respect because football’s a physical game. And as [Patriots owner Robert Kraft] would say, if you’re a turd, it’s going to come back to you.”
Paul M. Banks is the owner of The Sports Bank.net, an affiliate of Fox Sports. An analyst for 95.7 The Fan, he also writes on Chicago sports media for Chicago Now. President Obama follows him on Twitter (@paulmbanks)Follow paulmbanks