Mr. Monday hit the Big Apple, learning the future of sports media thankfully doesn’t include Bally Sports
NEW YORK CITY — Sooners fans in NYC are just like the ones in OKC, except they honk their horns louder, and when they complain about the refs, they sound like Bugs Bunny.
Mr. Monday tagged along with some of the Sellout Crowd big shots to Manhattan last week to hear about the future of sports media, listen to well-dressed corporate types try to tie the words “AI and Machine Learning” to every available noun and watch in real-time as NBA folks danced around Bally Sports’ death bed.
Just an aside (as per usual), Mr. Monday long ago cut the cable cord, but it sounds like the Bally Sports nonsense is a plague on any Thunder fans’ viewing enjoyment. While Mr. Monday could provide y’all with plenty of shall-we-say “ethically iffy” links to internet broadcasts, the view from Times Square was pretty clear.
NBA and Major League Baseball teams are shutting the door on Bally like it was a door-to-door meat salesman. The result is for the teams to pack up the production that they are already doing themselves and either put it on a shiny new branded app or local TV.
Dear Thunder, let’s do that, shall we?
Mr. Monday would love to imagine a day when Thunder games were as easy to watch as the two-and-a-half hours of Svengoolie Mr. Monday binges every Saturday night.
Who doesn’t remember those golden days in 2008-09 when KSBI transformed into Thunder TV, and everyone could see Earl Watson giving Russell Westbrook the skunk eye for free?
So, Lesson #1 from the Big Apple: Let freedom ring for NBA fans and whatever boomers are still watching professional baseball.
Lesson #2 from New York City: That forehead must be hiding a pretty big brain because it was a consensus that Peyton Manning is the sports media’s greatest innovator. The launch of the Manningcast, where Peyton and his brother Eli opine about a game live, sent shockwaves around the cable and internet brands. Every exec and their brother has been looking for new “altcasts” (as they say in the biz).
Altcasts are the rage now, with teams and leagues throwing up video feeds that focus on just the coaches, or just a player, or just that lady at the Paycom Center who shrieks during every opposing free throw like she’s just been set on fire. Former players are hitting the internet to drop insider knowledge and 25-year-old anecdotes.
Mr. Monday is all-in on these alternate broadcasts. Honestly, anything that gets Kendrick Perkins on TV more is a thumbs up. Kendrick Perkins: Forever a Thunder.
Lesson #3 from NYC: Sooner fans are just about everywhere.
Mr. Monday and the Sellout bosses hit an OU watch party at a nifty bar nestled across the street from Michael Jackson: The Musical. Sooners fans filled up two floors of the joint but got increasingly flustered as the game went along. Mr. Monday bailed out to hang with the missus before things got … um … crankier.
OU fandom travels, as does Jeff Lebby shaming and referee blaming.
Final Lesson from NYC: Mr. Monday probably couldn’t handle full-time life two blocks from Times Square. Having a few days of world-class knowledge and entertainment poured into one’s brain is priceless, sure. Still, there’s just something about the Central Time Zone, Dr Pepper on a drink menu and how the world stops for a jaw-dropping, instant classic college football game that makes OKC just dandy.