Fox Sports 1 goes on the air tomorrow morning, but it was almost the softest opening ever: until yesterday, barely any cable provider or satellite service had agreed to carry it. Now there's good news and bad for the Fox brass—it'll be in almost every home, but it won't be particularly profitable.
Patrick Hruby breaks down the "sports cable bubble" and approaches a unified theory of sports and media: "the unseen economic engine that increasingly powers the sports and television industries alike." [Sports on Earth]
We can't speak to the chances of McCain's bill passing. We can only say that we very much want to live in a world where teams that play in publicly funded stadiums are no longer allowed to black out home games that don't sell out.