Originally posted by darvlay
Where I am, subscribing to cable is a must if you want to watch any sports whatsoever. For free (using rabbit ears) you might get one football game a week and Hockey Night in Canada on the weekend and that's about it.
Technically, if you want more than three or four fuzzy analog channels, you have to pay for it.
What do you Yanks get for free as far as TV goes?
We went to digital TV for free TV last year I think. What stations do I get for free?
These are the locals pretty much everyone gets. In OKC we get a few more local stations. Then there are the three ION stations. We picked them up when we went digital, had to get a converter.
Free sports on TV a right? Not at all. It is just a different business model than we used to have back in the 70's and 80's. I saw it coming when ESPN first came out. I thought to myself even back in the eary 80's that it won't be too long until you have to pay for all your sports.
Sports in general are fading here in the US. There are fewer and fewer kids playing sports now. Perhaps nintendo has something to do with it, but I think having fewer sports on TV and fewer sports heros doesn't help.