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Tuesday, November 22, 2021

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You win a Stanley Cup, you become entitled to your own television channel. The Tampa Bay Lightning is developing an idea with local provider Bright House Networks for a dedicated cable channel for the team. No live games, as those are the province of the NHL’s broadcast partners; but there’ll be plenty of highlight reels, talk shows and other tangental stuff.

It’s a case of timing: Bright House sees an all-hockey channel as an incentive to use in the face of increasing competition for TV services; the Lightning is capitalizing on the post-championship glow.

Such an extreme niche channel might seem like an iffy proposition. But the approach has worked in the past, and worked extremely well. When it debuted, ESPN was considered far too narrow in focus to sustain itself; a dozen channels later, it’s practically printing its own money.

The issue of a sports team having its own media outlet revives the idea that it’ll bypass the traditional news media. Indeed, teams have been doing that in recent years with their websites; a Lightning channel would be a natural for exclusives.

- Costa Tsiokos, Tue 11/22/2005 10:28:56 PM
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I’m glad I wasn’t the only one who got a kick out of the “Thelma’s African Romance” rerun of “Good Times” the other night:

Thelma was in love with a man from Nigeria she met at college and was determined to marry him and move back to Nigeria with him. The clincher was that her beau’s name was Ebay. I’m sure it was spelled more like “Ibe” or something, but it was pronounced e-bay. So then everytime Thelma said something about Ebay, it could be interpreted completely differently with today’s Ebay obsession. She said things like, “But I love Ebay!” and “I want to spend all my time with Ebay,” and “Ebay makes me happy!” and “I don’t think I can live without Ebay!” Thelma was always ahead of her times, but she was ahead by 25 years this time!

The character’s name was indeed spelled Ibe, as per the closed captioning (which I always have on) and the script.

There’s probably a deeper Web connection here… Ibe was Nigerian, and Nigeria has made a mark for itself in Internet-land as the source of so many email scams. Maybe Ibe was behind all that!

- Costa Tsiokos, Tue 11/22/2005 09:50:52 PM
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From Nolan Bushnell, founder of a little outfit called Atari, on the difference between thought and action:

“Everyone who’s taken a shower has an idea. It’s the person who gets out of the shower, dries off, and does something about it that makes the difference.”

Put another way: Everyone dreams; not everyone wakes up.

It’s hard to expose your idealize concept to the harshness of the external world. I know I have trouble translating even rock-solid ideas into action. But, of course, they don’t have true value until put to the real-world test.

- Costa Tsiokos, Tue 11/22/2005 09:27:50 PM
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