Sports Business Journal‘s John Ourand has a column this week outlining five sports predictions for when Comcast finally completes its acquisition of NBC Universal.
It is a good read, which starts out obvious (Dick Ebersol will be running the new company’s sports division) but also includes some interesting thoughts on the RSNs and Versus.
For example, Ourand says the RSNs will likely be grouped with the NBC O&Os, allowing them to share resources, programming and staff:
To get an idea of Comcast’s thinking, look what the company is doing in Boston, where it essentially has merged CSN New England with New England Cable News. The two channels share resources and talent, and NECN’s sports reports are produced by CSN and staffed by CSN talent.
He also says that Versus’ days may be numbered: