NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Imagine you and I (yes, you!) sitting in a bar just off Wall Street -- maybe on Stone Street -- or we're at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park. Maybe we're enjoying a Molson Export in Toronto, a Guinness pint in Dublin or just a regular old Amstel Light in a suburban Phoenix strip mall-situated tavern.
That's the context from which this conversation spews. Sarcastic, but genuine. Even loving. I mean what I say, yet I mean no harm. The beer is reasonably flowing; we can be honest and leave it all on the ice.
Deep down I think that, by and large, social conservatives are maniacs. I count some great friends and family members in this group of nut cases. I reserve similar judgment (it's so
to judge, but all do!) for whacked-out Libertarians and
self-righteous California Toyota Prius owners
. So it's all good. Plus, I'm buying the next round.
With that said, Rupert Murdoch's
-- owned by his growing
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empire -- just made it official. They're going after
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I'm not much of a fan of
's cable news channel, but I sure as heck respect what they have accomplished. Straight from Murdoch's involvement all the way "down" to the personalities and producers who drive the day-to-day. They are incredibly good at what they do -- agree or disagree with the network's prevailing political viewpoints.
Don't buy the
from NWSA COO Chase Carey that "We're not trying to beat ESPN." Well played.
will not beat
overnight. However, with an assist from
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NBC Sports Network
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CBS Sports Network
, it will slowly ding away at
's dominance. Don't be surprised if, one day, it establishes itself as a strong No. 2 or an equal to
or even leapfrogs existing sports network.
Rupert Murdoch and his people don't fool around. They're no joke. If you don't think they play to win, you haven't been paying attention. Look at what
. It absolutely crushed it. No doubt, it had an assist from