It's just a shame that the service isn't available for all Xbox Live gold-level users, and the shame only increases when we know that it's not specified in more than the equivalent of fine print on page 500 when the service is advertised.
Every time I see Xbox Live advertised as having "live ESPN events" I have to cringe. As far as the other services go, I've just suspended my Netflix account because of the cost. I might try the free month of Hulu Plus, but i doubt I'd pay for it as a monthly service. I have been and will continue to be more interested in being able to watch ESPN3 events on my console.
1. Who exactly is "working" on bringing the content to us? Teams of lawyers and middle management pushing memos and stipulations back and forth across a negotiating table? In that case, we're not likely to get the service anytime soon (if ever).
2. Why did Xbox Live "jump the gun" and go ahead with ESPN3 despite not all the ISPs being on board? While not as drastic, I would say it'd be like paying for gold membership but not being able to play Take-Two Interactive games because Xbox and Take-Two hadn't agreed on a revenue-sharing plan.