Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

22 Nov 2009

ESPN: Tennessee's Playoff Chances

This week's ESPN feature is a look at the Titans' relative chances of making the playoffs.

Posted by: Bill Barnwell on 22 Nov 2009

10 comments, Last at 24 Nov 2009, 7:33pm by Jerry


by ATL Titan (not verified) :: Mon, 11/23/2009 - 6:03pm

Who still believes in some kind of website model that doesn't give away content for free?? wtf?

by John (not verified) :: Mon, 11/23/2009 - 7:55pm

Well, the entire newspaper business is desperately hoping they can charge for content. Free's great until you need your content provider to, y'know, provide original, meaningful content.

Hard to imagine what our democracy will look like in 10-20 years if the newspaper business can't figure out a way to turn a profit.

by tuluse :: Mon, 11/23/2009 - 9:53pm

Most newspapers have only themselves to blame for the trouble they're in, the internet was just the proverbial straw.

by Willis M (not verified) :: Tue, 11/24/2009 - 1:50pm

Yea, I can't imagine the wars and financial troubles we'll blunder into without newspapers!

by grrrr (not verified) :: Mon, 11/23/2009 - 7:35pm


by John (not verified) :: Tue, 11/24/2009 - 12:08pm

Plenty of free quality content out there Pay for this? NOT

by Anonymously (not verified) :: Tue, 11/24/2009 - 12:17pm

The same people who believe in a business model where people exchange goods and services for money.

by Rick (not verified) :: Tue, 11/24/2009 - 12:21pm

Enjoy the free stuff while you can.

I work in the industry of internet news and information. You cannot survive on advertising. There are too many sites out there, too many ad impressions, and not enough advertisers willing to pay.

If there were, newspapers would be thriving today without ever having charged a dime for their content.

Remember, paid subscribers are a qualified demographic. They are self-selecting. This makes them eminently more desirable to an advertiser, plus it gives the publisher a myriad of ways to reach a potential consumer.

While you may enjoy free content now, and be merely annoyed by the ads, it won't be long before most of the free content is crap and you will be putting up with more ads, less content and HAVE to pay.

Unless any of you have a business model that explains who news and information resources can make a buck to cover their costs without subscriptions, you're going to find that you have to subscribe. It's just a matter of time.

When you were willing to pay $55 for 1/2 of the New York Times to have it dumped on your driveway in the morning, why would you be pissed off about having to pay for online content? The only difference is the delivery system.

by Paul R :: Tue, 11/24/2009 - 12:40pm

Good point.
We are living in an interesting era of the growing pains of a new industry. I'm confident that things will eventually even out and we will pay about as much for our news and information as we used to. Right now, the scales are tipped way too far towards the consumer. They will slowly tip back, but the unsettling period of adjustment will probably continue for a while.

I work in the music business and there have been many adjustments made there. Most of the profit now is coming from live performances rather than recordings, which is exactly backward of what it used to be. I imagine the print media will find its own way to make a profit.

Maybe if the New Yorker could arrange for Seymour Hersh to come to my house once a week and fill me in...

by Jerry :: Tue, 11/24/2009 - 7:33pm

Two things:

-I only HAVE to pay if I HAVE to have the content.

-It's a lot easier to copy stuff from paid domains into free ones than it is to widely distribute photocopies of print articles. I'd imagine the music industry concurs.