Being blindsided and having a murky crystal ball are two different animals. The first means a refusal to pay attention to emerging trends and their effects on your business model. The second implies a level of competence in the leadership that they realize they will need to adapt and are trying to adapt. In the second, there is a good chance the crystal ball was a little too murky. MLB is correct in that they will need to partially cannibalize their current revenue streams with newer ones.
Of the major sports, I suspect MLB is probably the best positioned. They are not as dependent on a big national contracts and their games broadcasting has always had a strong local component. The NBA and NHL are probably in decent shape because their broadcasting tended to follow MLB's model. The NFL could be in the worst shape because they tended to centralize the broadcasting into a national package.
Also, the NFL has another vulnerability which is its season has very few regular season games compared to other sports. The revenue per game must be very high compared to the other sports. If the rights per season are 16,000,000 the per game for the NFL is 1,000,000 will for the NHL and NBA it is $200,000 and for MLB it is $100,000 (round numbers).
Cording cutting is due to a couple things: younger people not interested in cable and their elders not interested in what is on cable coupled with its lack of value.
If the perceived value of cable is more than most are willing to pay for it they will cut the cord. As the numbers drop, carriage fees and advertising revenue will drop. When the contracts come for carriage the cable operators will demand varying discounts to keep channels. The cable operators probably will try to shift to a mixed broadcast/streaming model.
On of the best sports announcers I ever heard was the late Skip Caray. He was known at times not to say anything other than a minimal amount to set the stage for the viewer. He was also known to irreverent, especially when the Atlanta Braves were bad. I always got the sense Skip was sports fan who lucked into announcing, taking sports seriously but not himself.
The examiner rejected something is already being done by others in a very similar manner but the braindeads decided this a novel idea. One has to wonder at what mental dimbulbs are allowed into law school and the bar. Mark Twain dead note politicians do not have the intelligence of a flea. I think I know the answer.
Political operatives do not need the Internet to find dirt. They have been doing it for years and publishing their findings in what rag was the tabloid/Facebook of the day.
The issue for most people is incomplete online records not malicious searching. Someone arrested for a crime may have been cleared. That information may not be readily accessible to web search while the newspaper article describing the arrest is. This reflects on the competence of the searcher.
First rule of ads - they are annoying, bandwidth hogging videos Second rule of ads - they are used to pay the bills Third rule of ads - Many are malware vectors
I use an ad blocker because of rules 1 and 3. I do not want someone streaming a video ad and too many ad networks do not attempt to police the ads. I blame the advertising industry for these stupidities.
Koppel must subtract from the sum total of human knowledge every time he breaths. Cyber attacks against infrastructure are possible. But each plant and network will likely have a different SCADA system and implementation. The attacks would be tailored to a specific target, very doable, but not likely to take the entire North American electric grid.
What many are concerned about is old-fashioned sabotage against remote substations. The hardware in substation is more difficult to replace or fix than a SCADA or computer system. With the "proper" selection of substations, the utilities may have more difficulty bringing the affected parts back online. It is not like they keep a lot of spare parts around beyond what they expect to be taken out by natural disasters.
The post is noting that streaming sports have an advertising problem - not enough ads sold to keep the annoying ones at bay and driving viewers away. This could result in the a double failure for sports - broadcast rights not worth as much not being replaced by streaming income. Major league sports make most of their money from rights payments not from the gate.
Re: "SEO": the Internet's own version of snake oil
There are a few aspects to SEO as a webmaster for a couple of small sites. First, use accurate terms to describe your site. Second, make sure the outside links make sense for your site and its content. Third, ignore all the SEO companies.
I have been told by others that search engines bots flag sites with inaccurate terms relative to its content.