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sunny747
June 11, 2007, 01:17 AM
In another significant landmark in its evolution, Cricinfo has been acquired by ESPN, the global sports media powerhouse. The acquisition was announced by ESPN and the Wisden Group earlier this morning.
With this, Cricinfo joins a stable of top-drawer sports websites including ESPN.com, the US's premier online sports destination, and ESPNsoccernet.com - the world's leading English-language football website..............
http://content-eap.cricinfo.com/ci/content/current/story/297655.html


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i guess it's a very good move.
CAn we expect to have less Indian journalist there now?

One World
June 11, 2007, 01:19 AM
:doh: http://content-usa.cricinfo.com/ci/content/current/story/297655.html (http://content-usa.cricinfo.com/ci/content/current/story/297655.html)

Is this a good or bad news? Will we see the likes of S Rajesh headed towards extinct hybrid or the more and more nails to secure the old torn by ages wallpaper saying "Might is Right".

One World
June 11, 2007, 01:22 AM
damn bro i was just two mins late

mods please remove the twin.

Surfer
June 11, 2007, 01:55 AM
I think wisden did a good job with cricinfo on two fronts: content and revenue. The recent world cup was a good time for then as far as money is concerned.

ESPN will have to maintain the current content team as it is....at least for a while. ESPN believes more in being senf sufficient where wisden believes in networking. So we will definitely see some changes. But since the rvenue model is very good, I doubt ESPN would be keen on too many changes.

Trigger_Tiger
June 11, 2007, 01:58 AM
Umm.....very uncertain on whether it is good or bad for cricinfo and us - the loyal fanbase :confused:!!!!!

Shafin
June 11, 2007, 02:48 AM
As much as we criticize it,cricinfo has been a tremendous site for cricket fans,I just hope ESPN will make it even better.
BTW,who owns espn?

ammark
June 11, 2007, 03:05 AM
I really hope Cricinfo is at least run autonomously from the rest of ESPN. I'm really not a big fan of the way big media provides sports entertainment and news on the net. And what happens to Andrew Miller and Martin Williamson who interact with us here in BC? I hope they still have the autonomy to do their awesome work.

I'm really sad actually that Wisden chose to make a bigger buck by selling Cricinfo to ESPN. If I remember correctly, the major owner of Wisden is a cricket-crazy american from the wealthy Getty family.

Tintin
June 11, 2007, 03:19 AM
Just realised that only Cricinfo has been sold and Wisden and CI are now seperate entities. CI has all the international cricket reports from Wisden online. Just hope that won't disappear with this.

Shafin
June 11, 2007, 08:36 AM
I really hope Cricinfo is at least run autonomously from the rest of ESPN. I'm really not a big fan of the way big media provides sports entertainment and news on the net. And what happens to Andrew Miller and Martin Williamson who interact with us here in BC? I hope they still have the autonomy to do their awesome work.

I'm really sad actually that Wisden chose to make a bigger buck by selling Cricinfo to ESPN. If I remember correctly, the major owner of Wisden is a cricket-crazy american from the wealthy Getty family.
He is Mark getty,and he decided to focus more on the Hawk-eye technology and selling it to cricket,tennis and other sports

Slysaint
June 11, 2007, 08:41 AM
As much as we criticize it,cricinfo has been a tremendous site for cricket fans,I just hope ESPN will make it even better.
BTW,who owns espn?


ESPN is owned by ABC, which inturn is owned by Disney

Slysaint
June 11, 2007, 08:47 AM
I really hope Cricinfo is at least run autonomously from the rest of ESPN. I'm really not a big fan of the way big media provides sports entertainment and news on the net. And what happens to Andrew Miller and Martin Williamson who interact with us here in BC? I hope they still have the autonomy to do their awesome work.

I'm really sad actually that Wisden chose to make a bigger buck by selling Cricinfo to ESPN. If I remember correctly, the major owner of Wisden is a cricket-crazy american from the wealthy Getty family.

It was Mark Getty's father who was cricket crazy, Paul Getty who was introduced to cricket my Mic Jagger, He was such a fan that he built a cricket ground at his family estate. He bought wisden not became of its great finance, but his passion for everything traditional british and cricket, His son Mark I am sorry to say doesnt share this sentiment.

btw eventhough he is a getty from the famous american Getty oil fortune, his father left him only few hundred dollars for him in his will, his father even didnt wish to pay the ransom for his son intitally and finally did when his son's ear was sent to him. his wealth came into being from what Paul gettys grand mother gave him in trust fund and it multiplied in the high intrest enviroment of the 70's and 80's.

Sohel
June 11, 2007, 08:53 AM
i expect major technical improvements soon ... and more gloss too.

Slysaint
June 11, 2007, 09:05 AM
i expect major technical improvements soon ... and more gloss too.

I am expecting Cricinfo tv, reading and animation just doesnt cut it. I am also hoping cricinfo doesnt lose its fearless journalistic tradition which it has cultivated over time.

Sohel
June 11, 2007, 09:12 AM
I am expecting Cricinfo tv, reading and animation just doesnt cut it. I am also hoping cricinfo doesnt lose its fearless journalistic tradition which it has cultivated over time.

HUGE yes to cricinfo tv ... the journalistic tradition would possibly become more fearless, and considerably zanier.

Shafin
June 11, 2007, 01:19 PM
It was Mark Getty's father who was cricket crazy, Paul Getty who was introduced to cricket my Mic Jagger, He was such a fan that he built a cricket ground at his family estate. He bought wisden not became of its great finance, but his passion for everything traditional british and cricket, His son Mark I am sorry to say doesnt share this sentiment.

btw eventhough he is a getty from the famous american Getty oil fortune, his father left him only few hundred dollars for him in his will, his father even didnt wish to pay the ransom for his son intitally and finally did when his son's ear was sent to him. his wealth came into being from what Paul gettys grand mother gave him in trust fund and it multiplied in the high intrest enviroment of the 70's and 80's.
Interesting Father Son relationship

Shafin
June 11, 2007, 01:21 PM
June 11, 2007
Disney's ESPN buys world's biggest cricket Web site

By Gavin Haycock

LONDON (Reuters) - Walt Disney Co's sports network ESPN is buying cricinfo, the world's largest specialist cricket Web site, as it expands beyond its traditional strengths of American football, basketball, baseball and Nascar.

The purchase from UK-based Wisden Group, best known for its Cricketers' Almanac, a sporting statistics bible which has been published every year since 1864, marks an important strategic move internationally by ESPN.

"We don't think of ourselves as an American sports television company. We think of ourselves as a large sports and media entertainment company that operates around the world," Russell Wolff, ESPN International executive vice president and managing director told Reuters.

"Cricket is growing in popularity inside the United States among a growing south Asian expatriate population."

The Bangalore-based (www.cricinfo.com) Web site was founded in 1993 and has more than 7 million monthly users.

Cricket for Walt Disney <DIS.N> has traditionally meant a tiny green character with a top hat called Jiminy, the moral conscience of Pinochio in the 1940 cartoon of the same name.

Now, the U.S.-based entertainment giant is aiming to serve the growing interest in the sport in the United States among Asian expatriates, while also catering to its existing fan base in countries such as Britain, Pakistan, Australia and India.

Financial terms for the deal were not disclosed.

Cricket does not feature among the dozen-plus sports highlighted on the home page of www.espn.com Web site, but that could soon change.

In December, sports broadcaster ESPN Star Sports won the right to telecast matches organized by the International Cricket Council for eight years starting late 2007.

Unconfirmed reports at the time said the broadcaster, in which ESPN is a 50:50 joint venture partner with News Corp.'s <NWSa.N> Star TV, paid around $1.1 billion for the rights.

GROWING IN POPULARITY

ESPN Star Sports is already a large rights holder for cricketing matches globally and is the largest broadcaster of the sport in India, while ESPN itself has had exposure to the Indian cricket market via an exclusive rights deal with the Board of Control for Cricket in India in the early 1990s.

ESPN has 33 television networks outside the United States as well as Web sites and radio businesses around the world.

ESPN Europe, Middle East and Africa Managing Director Lynne Frank said cricinfo had around 100 staff, adding that Wisden CEO Tom Gleeson would continue to run the site as managing director.

The business, which also publishes on mobiles and Internet portals, has been growing its statistics database involving ball-by-ball coverage of test and one-day internationals along with news and features by leading cricket writers.

Connecticut-based ESPN is 80-percent owned by the ABC network, a Disney subsidiary, with the Hearst Corp. owning the remaining 20 percent.

Disney's Chief Financial Officer Tom Staggs told journalists while on a visit to London on Friday that a core part of the company's Internet activities and acquisitions strategy was to marry key content and brands.

"Since we are a content company one of the things we are trying to make sure is that we have got vibrant content, creation engines around the company," Staggs said.

Mark Getty, a director of Wisden and a son of deceased cricket-loving billionaire philanthropist Paul Getty, said in a statement that the group would continue to focus on its Hawk-Eye sports technology business, primarily in cricket and tennis.

Hawk-Eye is a ball-tracking technology which will be used for the first time later this month at London's Wimbledon tennis tournament as a aide to help umpires making calls on serves.

(Additional reporting by Rina Chandran in Mumbai)


Some Neutral News.
source (http://www.sciam.com/article.cfm?alias=disneys-espn-buys-worlds&chanID=sa003&modsrc=reuters)

Electrequiem
June 11, 2007, 01:30 PM
...I had no idea Disney owned ESPN.

damalChele
June 11, 2007, 01:32 PM
I expect some unbiased reports/articles from those indian columnists.

Slysaint
June 11, 2007, 03:46 PM
Total shocker (i guess not in many ways) the espn website doesnt even mention they bought a cricinfo. :(

One World
June 11, 2007, 10:16 PM
...I had no idea Disney owned ESPN.

that was also a news for me. Thinkin of runnin to wall street, make sme stock,

angul fule banana tree hobar eito chance :exclamation:

CTazim
June 11, 2007, 10:23 PM
I used to work for ESPN in Bristol Connecticut for a while.

Walt Disney owns ABC and ABC owns ESPN.

Sohel
June 13, 2007, 01:31 PM
and the MIGHTY DUCKS of anaheim too ...

Shafin
June 13, 2007, 01:45 PM
and the MIGHTY DUCKS of anaheim too ...
explain please.

Sohel
June 13, 2007, 01:51 PM
explain please.

disney owns the ducks.

web: http://www.anaheimducks.com/

Slysaint
June 13, 2007, 02:02 PM
and the MIGHTY DUCKS of anaheim too ...

they sold the team last year to founder of broadcom corp

Ockey
June 13, 2007, 08:14 PM
ESPN buys world's biggest cricket Web site (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/06/11/AR2007061100807.html?referrer=emailarticle)

Looks like US cricket fans will finally get to watch cricket games on regular cable. I am bit surprised that ESPN took this long to see the rise in popularity of the game and the potential of a website like Cricinfo.

Electrequiem
June 13, 2007, 08:38 PM
hopefully its good news for US Cricket lovers. I am tired of the cricket "Pay Per View" thing.

sadi
June 13, 2007, 08:42 PM
I don't think we will be watching cricket in ESPN here in US anytime soon.

Sohel
June 14, 2007, 03:56 AM
they sold the team last year to founder of broadcom corp

... and hence the new logo ? i stand corrected.

Rifat
June 14, 2007, 12:15 PM
hopefully its good news for US Cricket lovers. I am tired of the cricket "Pay Per View" thing.

i concur. great news... about time the americans start watching cricket

Slysaint
June 14, 2007, 02:45 PM
... and hence the new logo ? i stand corrected.

"mighty ducks" name is owned by disney cause they had a movie by that name. hence the name change also

rah
June 14, 2007, 02:51 PM
I am expecting Cricinfo tv, reading and animation just doesnt cut it. I am also hoping cricinfo doesnt lose its fearless journalistic tradition which it has cultivated over time.

init though
keep it up

Beamer
June 14, 2007, 02:54 PM
Its just the Anahiem Ducks now. They are the winner of this years Stanley Cup.

Xavier
June 14, 2007, 03:00 PM
Walt Disney owns ESPN... ESPN buys cricinfo... will we see Mickey Mouse ads on cricinfo homepage?

Slysaint
June 14, 2007, 03:05 PM
Its just the Anahiem Ducks now. They are the winner of this years Stanley Cup.

very very sore point for moi :( even though in some ways i am happy selanne won a stanley cup, but wish it didnt have to be this year :( :-P

Rabz
June 14, 2007, 11:18 PM
When a company spends about USD 1.1 Billion to get the media rights to certain sports, it is quite a normal process that it would look to create synergy in all possible means and buying the biggest online sportal of that game is just one of them.

ESPN realises the potential growth of cricket. More importantly, after the commercial failure of the WC 2007 and looking beyond, i would buy Cricinfo too if was at the boards of ESPN.

This way, they can merge thier operations and attract a bigger fan base and sell thier product.

Simple business plan.

Looking forward to see what they do with it.Hope CI remains the way it is, if not get better.