Boston Globe sports columnist Paul Lukas wrote a blog post about his experience with the NFL’s new television network, and it has gone viral.
Lukas is one of the authors of the NFL.com blog, and he recently spoke to ESPN.com’s John Schuhmann about the changes that will come with the network.
The article starts out by pointing out that the NFL has been losing viewers for years.
“It’s not just us,” Lukas said.
“We’ve seen the numbers go up with the number of people watching sports.”
He continues, “So you could say, ‘Hey, let’s get back on top.’
We have a chance now.
This is the time to really get it right.
It’s a very difficult transition.
The fans are not going to be happy.”
Lukos is correct, because the ratings of the network have gone down dramatically, from the 2.7 million viewers they had last season to just 1.6 million viewers last year.
For those who are not familiar with the format, the network is an ESPN-produced show that airs weekly on Thursday nights from the time the NFL season starts until the final game of the regular season.
Since its inception in 2010, the program has been criticized for its lack of quality and lack of innovation, but ESPN says it’s actually an extension of the way ESPN works.
According to ESPN, “We work hard to deliver compelling content, to build on our audience, and to be in touch with the passionate fans we work with every day.”
Lakatos blog post points out that it’s been a rough year for the NFL, and “it’s very, very difficult for us to get back to the heights of the first decade of our existence.”LUKAS: It’s been tough.
I think you’ve got to give them credit, because we were really excited to be here and we really want to continue to deliver the quality and the innovation that we did on the platform.
There are some issues with how the network has handled its business and its business model, but that’s a whole different ballgame.
They have a fantastic platform, they have a great audience.
What’s the best advice for the network?
LUKASSIS: The best advice I have is to get in touch.
When I started writing about the NFL Network, it was the NFL and the fact that ESPN was still doing it, and I was like, ‘I don’t want to be an analyst anymore, I want to write about the game.
I love the game, I’m going to do it.'”LUKASH: They are an amazing platform, and that’s what ESPN is trying to do.
That’s what they’ve been working towards for the last couple of years.
They’ve got a tremendous platform, the most loyal fans, and a great product.
The fact that they’re still doing the work is a good thing.
(SOURCE: Paul Lukasse, Boston Globe, The Daily Beast, ESPN)