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->''"Starting now on Creator/{{Channel 4}} is a brand new show that we paid a ridiculous amount of money for which we'll launch in a blaze of publicity, and after a few weeks, we'll get bored of it and move it around the schedule where no one can find it, then we'll brand it a flop, take it off the air for six months, then reluctantly put it back on at three in the morning."''

The prototypical {{network executive|s}}'s time revolves ''not'' around nurturing talent for the benefit of all, but around making him or herself look competent. That means appearing responsible for every success and innocent of every failing that the network might have, irrespective of whether this was actually the case. Plus, the people that the executive is trying to convince are his or her fellow executives, who are likewise having the exact same neurotic crisis day in and day out.

Nevertheless, the need to keep their channels populated with new shows means that their commissioning bodies will keep putting forward all kinds of shows that may or may not appeal to the network executives' sensibilities.

For this reason, the execs will sometimes find themselves in the unfortunate position of being in charge of a show that they do not understand and therefore do not know what to do with. This presents them with a tricky situation: if the show is a failure they risk losing face, but if the show is a success then they'll look redundant.

Alternatively, the show may be a legacy commission under your predecessor, which is worse -- because if it's a success, they'll have one up on you, but if you cancel it straight off, you'll lose all plausible deniability when people call you petty and small.

The answer to both of these problems, of course, is to screw the show over completely. Put it in a different time slot each episode, show it [[OutOfOrder in the wrong order]], bury it at midnight or in the FridayNightDeathSlot, put it up against the other networks' strongest shows... do everything you can for it to build up a regular viewing audience that's not quite big enough to warrant the budget, but just big enough to cause some trouble when you cancel it for not "attracting the right audience."

Okay, okay -- not ''all'' network executives are like this. There exist the individuals who intentionally seek out creative people to make shows that don't just FollowTheLeader, and as they get promoted, they may become the very predecessors these shows are inherited from. However, screwing a show happens more often than you may wish to believe, and typically it's because [[TheyJustDidntCare they just didn't care]].

Please try to avoid listing shows as being "screwed" just because of a disagreement over the reasons for their {{cancellation}}. Plenty of shows are canceled simply because they just weren't making any money even with the network backing it. This is about intentional sabotage ([[HanlonsRazor or at the least making decisions so stupid it]] ''[[HanlonsRazor looks]]'' [[HanlonsRazor like it was intentional]]), not "the mean network executives canceled my favorite show".

Often the cause of FollowUpFailure. Compare ExecutiveMeddling, ExecutiveVeto, InvisibleAdvertising, and ScrewedByTheLawyers. Also compare NoExportForYou, though that doesn't affect the actual production, but the export of a given product.

Rarely, the situation will invert itself with NetworkToTheRescue. Contrast with AdoredByTheNetwork.


* ScrewedByTheNetwork/{{Anime}}
* ScrewedByTheNetwork/{{Film}}
* ScrewedByTheNetwork/LiveActionTV
* ScrewedByTheNetwork/VideoGames
* ScrewedByTheNetwork/WesternAnimation

!!Other examples:

[[folder:Card Games]]
* The ''TabletopGame/{{Pokemon}}'' Trading Figure game in America. Fans got excited for it in 2006 when Pokémon USA announced it -- a collectible figure game with high quality figures produced by noted Japanese company Kaiyodo, and featuring actual trainers from the game as figures -- but the release was a disaster. All the strategy of the Japanese counterpart had been stripped, turning it into a strange hybrid of the TCG and the failed collectible coins game (essentially, it was Rock-Paper-Scissors with Pokémon, which was already basically Rock-Paper-Scissors [[{{Dissimile}} where Rock wasn't necessarily going to be instakilled by Paper every single time]]) and even then, the figures were impossible for collectors to find, were often broken ''in the packaging'', and hardly advertised. In early 2009, after much delaying of the second expansion's release, it was officially announced as discontinued.
** On top of that are the additional hurdles when trying to sell a trading figure game in the United States, especially to children: The packaging was not very theft-proof. TabletopGame/{{Heroclix}} managed to survive because it's aimed at teens and young adults, who are less likely to just open and loot packages in-store, and reduced temptation to steal because every figurine is concealed.

* Several Comicbook/{{X-Men}} books have suffered this over the year:
** "Mutant X" was never supposed to replace Comicbook/{{X-Factor}}; it was supposed to run for 12 issues before going away and being replaced with a relaunched X-Factor comic. But early sales for Mutant X were far better than X-Factor's sales at the time, so the book lasted for 32 issues before being cancelled.
** {{Deadpool}}, {{Cable}} and {{X-Force}} (under Peter Milligan and Mike Allred) were cancelled and relaunched as "Agent X", "Soldier X" and "X-Statix". The relaunches for both books failed and while Agent X and Soldier X was thankfully mercy-killed and Deadpool and Cable restored to normalcy soon after, X-Statix rebounded from a god-awful first year with an arc involving the resurrection of a vain, self-righteous pop musician. Unfortunately, the singer was SUPPOSED to be Princess Diana but was changed at the last minute. As a result, Milligan and Allred became disillusioned and asked to leave the book, which was promptly cancelled with issue #26.
*** For years, it's been a popular fan rumor the name changes were to get out of paying Creator/RobLiefeld royalties - an apparently false rumor, since Liefeld [[http://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com/2005/06/30/comic-book-urban-legends-revealed-5/ hadn't actually been getting royalties at the time]]. [[note]]This is the fun part: Rob created the concept of Cable, but not the character of Nathaniel Summers. As well, he created the concept of Deadpool, but other creators formed the guy under the mask. Their big idea was to strip those things away and create new series using what was left.[[/note]]
* The Red Circle DCU revamp of the MLJ/Archie heroes has plenty of these: The original plan of using the original versions in ''ComicBook/TheBraveAndTheBold'' was scrapped in favor of launching them in a series of one-shots that immediately spun off into a pair of ongoings that debuted in the midst of ''Comicbook/BlackestNight'' and were the only two books to not tie in to that event, which crippled sales for them right out of the gate. It also had the $3.99 cover price with second feature format which also turned off readers. The only mainline DC book to give a major guest spot was when the Shield showed up in the low-selling ''Magog''. DC is currently publishing a ''Mighty Crusaders'' mini-series to finish off the deal.
** And DC has ended the Red Circle deal, and the rights are reverting back to ArchieComics!
** And to make matters even worse, DC solicited the ''Mighty Crusaders'' mini-series (and the accompanying introductory special for the series) as a trade paperback, but cancelled it because it did not garnered enough pre-orders!
** According to the WordOfGod, the Red Circle heroes (as well as most of the MilestoneComics heroes) were barred from appearing in other titles due to the fact that DC would have to pay royalties for each guest-spot. So that's why save for Static, the Milestone and Red Circle heroes rarely got to appear in other, more popular titles.
** Technically, DC's deal for the Red Circle heroes will end on January 2012!
** Archie themselves are reviving the heroes in 2012 as the ''Comicbook/NewCrusaders''... as part of a web-only subscription service where the new stories are six pages each!
*** To make it less annoying, the six-page installments of ''New Crusaders'' are going to be WEEKLY, which means 24-30 pages a month for the series, at a subscription fee of $2.99-$3.99 a month, plus thousands of pages of classic stories, as well!
*** At least Archie is offering a free print preview of ''New Crusaders'' as part of the upcoming Free Comic Book Day version of ''ComicBook/MegaMan'' #1!
*** And there is going to be a print version of ''New Crusaders'', which will debut in August, three months after the digital version will debut!
* DC's highly controversial treatment of [[ComicBook/{{Robin}} Stephanie]] [[ComicBook/{{Batgirl}} Brown]]. Made the centerpiece of a highly controversial story complete with being written massively out of character and became a victim of Women In Refrigerators. She got an ongoing after she came back but was cursed with ReplacementScrappy status due to replacing the fan favorite Cassandra Cain in the role of Batgirl. When her series proved to be a massive critical success (becoming the only DC book to get into USA Today's top ten comic books), it got cancelled early to make room for the company wide reboot. She was promised a place in the Smallville Comic, only for her to be replaced by Barbara Gordon (and as recently discovered, not because Barbara was more well known, she was specifically singled out and removed, Gordon was picked after Stephanie was removed). Its been suspected that DC Editor Dan [=DiDio=] is the one responsible for this treatment, as it started after he got in charge, he was connected to most of her poor treatment, and has been the most hostile towards fan critique about it.
* ''ComicBook/AmericanFlagg'' provides an InUniverse example: Reuben Flagg, star of the hit series ''Mark Thrust, Sexus Ranger'' loses his job to his own CGI [[InkSuitActor Tromplographic™ duplicate]], then gets drafted into the ''actual'' Plexus Rangers.
* Creator/DonRosa like almost all the other Disney comics artists never got any royalties for his work, only one-time payments based on the number of pages. This led to him barely scraping by financially for all of his career, mostly supported by the higher wages of his wife and together with his deteriorating eyesight, eventually made him depressed, lose the passion for his work and retire. He explains all this in [[http://career-end.donrosa.de/ his epilogue to the Don Rosa Collection]], which Disney [[KickTheDog refused to print]], resulting in him putting it [[StreisandEffect online for everyone to read]].

[[folder:Fan Fic]]
* Lampshaded InUniverse in ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries''
--> '''Hobbes:''' We can't stay here forever? What if ''Series/RedDwarf: TheMovie'' comes out while we're trapped here?\\
'''Calvin:''' Pfft! As if.

* Music/TheyMightBeGiants had the full support of the executives for their first three albums on Elektra Records (''Flood'', ''Apollo 18'', and ''John Henry''). But while they were recording ''Factory Showroom'', Elektra's parent company fired all the executives and the replacements didn't care for TMBG. As a result, ''Factory Showroom'' received almost no promotion when it was released, and the band asked to be released from their contract shortly after that.
* Happened ''twice'' to Music/RedHousePainters. The band was always at risk of being thrown off of Creator/FourADRecords because Mark Kozelek and Ivo Watts had clashing personalities (one of the most notorious in the industry). They were finally thrown off in 1996 over a quarrel over two guitar solos. Then they were picked up by Island Records who, caught in the merging of different labels, decided to drop the band and refuse to release their final album ''Old Ramon''. That album didn't see release until 2001 when Creator/SubPop records finally picked up.
* This happens a great deal with many recording artists who find that, either because of cost-cutting measures or a perception of the general public's lost interest in them by the higher ups, their new releases aren't being promoted, then the albums aren't being distributed properly, then they're cut from their recording contract. EMI Records sent a huge percentage of their talent roster packing in the late 1990s - early 2000s because it was hemorrhaging money at the time, so a lot of artists who before found a lot of support from EMI ended up signing with considerably less supportive record companies, who screwed them over.
* One of the most notorious and tragic musical examples was Music/BigStar. They might have actually been big stars if their albums hadn't been distributed by the crumbling Stax label.
* After Splashdown's EP ''Redshift'' rapidly sold out, the band made a new album called ''Blueshift''. For reasons that remain mysterious, Capitol Records refused to release the album, but also retained copyright so that Splashdown could not release the album with another record company. Years later, the only way to hear those songs is through illegal downloading thanks to an internal leak. Splashdown split up due to fears that Capitol Records would retain copyright of any of their future songs.
* CountryMusic artist Darryl Worley has been screwed over by having not one, not two, but ''three'' different labels close unexpectedly on him. First Creator/DreamWorks Records in 2005 (the abrupt closure of which also killed off several other artists, some of whom were brand-new); then independent 903 Music in 2007; then another independent, Stroudavarious, in 2010. The closure of Stroudavarious also left an entire album of material in the can despite the single ("Keep the Change") almost hitting Top 40. After that, he put out a single on Tenacity Records which barely made Top 40, but nothing since.
* Similarly, Bigger Picture Music Group closed in May 2014 with Craig Campbell's "Keep Them Kisses Comin'" on the verge of top 10 at ''Billboard'' Country Airplay. The song lingered for a couple months after the label's closure and eventually came to an end at #8, giving the label its only Top 10 hit ''after'' it had gone out of business. Similarly, Ryan Kinder's "Kiss Me When I'm Down" didn't chart until after the label had closed.
* Roadrunner Records abruptly dumped practically every DeathMetal band on the label starting pretty much the instant Music/TypeONegative produced the label's first Gold-seller. Most of the bands coming off the label ended up slamming Roadrunner for giving their final albums there little or no promotion, and Music/{{Suffocation}} actually got hit with massive cuts to the budget for their second album, ''Breeding the Spawn'', which resulted in the weakest production of any release by the band to date, before being formally dumped right after their next album, ''Pierced from Within'', hit stores. Music/{{Obituary}} managed to hold on with the label for a few years longer than most of their contemporaries, but most believe that the SoOkayItsAverage nature of 1997's ''Back from the Dead'', as well as the band's breakup the next year, was caused by [[ExecutiveMeddling interference from the label]], and when Obituary reformed in 2005, they immediately went to a different label.
* Music/DavidBowie's 1993 album ''Black Tie White Noise'' (his first solo effort in four years) did well in Europe, hitting Number One on the U.K. charts. But it flopped in North America -- in part because U.S. distributor Savage Records went belly-up shortly after it hit shelves.
* Brazilian singer Tim Maia had just recorded a new album for EMI, when he saw the estimated marketing costs matched the money spent recording. He raged, and caused the marketing executive to ask for a dismissal... which the label owner rejected, firing Maia instead. And dumping the record (ironically named ''Reencontro'', "reunion") on stores with InvisibleAdvertising to guarantee it didn't go anywhere.
* [[http://www.nytimes.com/1997/06/23/business/king-of-pop-faces-us-market-with-subdued-promotion-effort.html Zig-zagged]] with Music/MichaelJackson's ''Blood on the Dance Floor: [=HIStory=] in the Mix'' (1997) -- Creator/EpicRecords gave it a heavy international push, resulting in #1 chart showings in Europe, but very little North American promotion, so it never reached higher than #24 on the U.S. charts. Perhaps justified on Epic's part, given that ''[=HIStory=]'' had a '''huge''' push two years prior but quickly faded in the U.S. (so an album that consisted mostly of remixes wasn't a guaranteed hit) and Jackson never brought the ''[=HIStory=]'' tour to the continental U.S. or Canada. Also, Jackson may have sabotaged himself with the ''[[Film/MichaelJacksonsGhosts Ghosts]]'' ShortFilm, the most elaborate of the album's tie-in efforts, by making it a huge allegory for the child molestation allegations of 1993 -- the primary reason for his drop in stature in the U.S. to begin with. Rather than trying to get it [=MTV=] airplay, Sony ran it for a week in some Los Angeles theaters (attached to the film ''Thinner'') before shuttling it off to the international market; reporter Diane Dimond wonders if it wasn't out of embarassment with the content. (Indeed, it's still a case of KeepCirculatingTheTapes after all these years in Region 1.)
* Sort of zigzagged with DreamTheater at Elektra. After Falling Into Infinity flopped despite heavy ExecutiveMeddling to make it more commercial, the label essentially gave the band free reign to run out their contract, but didn't promote them at all, essentially deciding that signing the group to a long-term deal was a mistake. The upshot was that after their contract with Elektra ran out, DT was able to sign with Roadrunner, who allowed them the same freedom but did a much better job promoting the band. Basically, they were able to demand the same freedoms they had previously been allowed while also making sure to sign a label that actually wanted them. Notably, their last album for Elektra, ''Octivarium'' reached #36 on the charts (already their highest peak since ''Awake'', largely due to changing industry standards), while ''Systematic Chaos'', their first for Roadrunner, reached #19 and their next three albums have all hit the top 10.
* Singer/songwriter Nicole Atkins was hit hard by this trope. Her 2007 debut ''Neptune City'' was highly acclaimed by music critics, with some even predicting she would be become the "next big thing." Unfortunately, her then-label Columbia Records unexpectedly [[ScheduleSlip delayed the album's release]] from July of that year to late October in order to give it further remastering. By which time any promotion she had gotten during the summer had long faded. The album, thus, failed to chart on the Billboard 200 and sold less than 50,000 copies overall. Needless to say, not long after, she left Columbia Records and jumped through several indie labels before finally creating her very own label (Oh Mercy Records) for her 2014 album ''Slow Phaser''.
* {{Jojo}} has not released an album since 2006, but not because she doesn't want to. Her record label has repeatedly screwed her over to point where she decided to sue them to be released from her contract.

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* Creator/{{UPN}} attempted to screw Wrestling/{{WWE}} by moving ''WWESmackDown'' into the famed FridayNightDeathSlot (where it would face not only constant pre-emptions for local sports, but the loss of a good portion of its audience to people getting out and doing stuff on Friday nights), in order to try and pressure WWE into keeping ''Monday Night Raw'' on Spike TV. However, thanks to an aggressive marketing campaign by WWE (even rebranding the show ''Friday Night [=SmackDown=]!''), the show managed not only to not lose any viewers, but gained enough ground that it was one of the few UPN shows picked up by the post-merger [[Creator/TheCW CW]].
** They ultimately wound up screwing them anyway, but it took a few years; when it came time to renew contracts, CBS wasn't interested despite the high ratings. ''[=SmackDown=]'' moved to the much-less-notable Creator/MyNetworkTV, and started beating The CW in ratings by a good margin.
*** Then it got screwed by Memphis and Des Moines when those cities decided to dump Creator/MyNetworkTV after they went to a syndicated model in September 2009, however in both cases the CW affiliate picked ''[=SmackDown=]'' up for Saturday nights and pretty much got station upgrades otherwise. The rest of the Creator/MyNetworkTV schedule was blissfully ignored by both of them.
** Sadly, high ratings for wrestling mean NOTHING. Advertisers won't touch it (they believe that it's aimed at the lowest common denominator, and that the viewers won't buy products being advertised; the much-publicized switch to TV-PG doesn't change this), and the only real value is to pump up the network average for prime time. Since UPN and its successors-in-interest are already dead last, and WWE numbers are and were low enough by broadcast standards not to make any difference, they have no compunction about moving/canceling wrestling programming.
* How about an entire company screwed by the network? In 2001, AOL Time Warner was openly looking to sell Wrestling/{{WCW}}, producer of the highest-rated shows for TNT (''WCW Nitro'') and TBS (''WCW Thunder''). A group of investors, lead by WCW head booker Eric Bischoff, had a deal in principle to take over the company and absorb the production costs that the network had been covering. However, with WCW eating up two hours of prime-time and the company millions of dollars in the red with no evidence things were going to get any better, Jamie Kellner, then the Turner Networks CEO, decided to cancel all WCW programming from Turner networks, torpedoing the deal. Wrestling/VinceMcMahon (head of WCW's longtime rival World Wrestling Federation) then swooped in and bought out WCW's remaining assets (mostly wrestler contracts and its deep tape library) for pennies on the dollar. That said, Kellner had wanted to cancel the unprofitable company for a quite a while, and the only reason WCW stayed on TV for as long as it did was the intervention of Ted Turner, who had a soft spot for wrestling. Once Turner was out of power at the network, Kellner was supported by just about everyone at the company.[[note]]Wrestling fans note - with a good bit of schadenfreude - that TNT's replacements for Nitro, the Wall Street drama ''Bull'' and a live-action adaptation of ''ComicBook/{{Witchblade}}'' both tanked (though for different reasons: ''Bull'' simply bombed, while ''Witchblade'' was sunk by star Yancey Butler's substance abuse issues) and it would be years before TNT found a Monday Night winner with ''Series/TheCloser.''[[/note]]
* Wrestling/{{ECW}}'s relationship with [[SpikeTV TNN]], as explained in the following clip which TNN refused to air on their program (it ended up airing on ECW's syndicated program, ''Wrestling/{{ECW}} Hardcore TV''), was turbulent. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T6jGyAjWqW0 "You have to be an ECW fan to watch this show, because, God knows, the network has never put out one freaking commercial or one press release to let you know that we're here!"]]. Paul Heyman would go on to explain in the Wrestling/{{WWE}}-produced documentary ''The Rise and Fall of ECW'' that he blamed TNN's double-dealing for the demise of ECW; TNN rather publicly negotiated with, and subsequently signed, WWE to their network while marginalizing ECW further and further by the week, but refused to pull the trigger and actually cancel ECW, which prevented him from shopping the show around to other networks. In the last few months of the TNN run, Heyman was in open WriterRevolt, ramping up the show's offensive content and brazenly insulting TNN and its execs in an attempt to incite TNN to finally cancel the show in hopes of finding greener pastures elsewhere.
* ''Wrestling/{{TNA}} Impact'' and ''TNA Reaction'' aired on Bravo in the UK. That channel got bought out by Sky, who closed it down. As Sky already aired Wrestling/{{WWE}}, no room for Wrestling/{{TNA}} on their channels, so these two shows have been screwed into a NoExportForYou situation by the Sky network until TNA was picked up by Challenge in a new deal at the end of the month.
** Slight correction: Sky picked up Challenge alongside Bravo (and their actual targets, the Living TV series of networks), so this was probably a matter of reshuffling programs. Indeed, if anything this was a good thing for TNA, since Challenge was later added to Freeview, which was in the process of replacing traditional terrestrial television. In other words, TNA has gone from being only available to people who pay a subscription to being available on nearly every television in the UK.
** TNA as a television product seems to be caught up in a complex mishmash of ScrewedByTheNetwork, ExecutiveMeddling from said network, and their own bad decision making at any given time. For instance Viacom and [=DirecTV=] having a squabble pulled TNA from the air as Spike is owned by Viacom and TNA lost viewership on the [=DirecTV=] side for a spell of two weeks. There's also all the forced angles and/or shilling Spike tries to wedge onto TNA TV because it's one of their highest rated shows and they can exploit that to push other stuff they air (an example can be found in the 2013 Tito Ortiz/Rampage Jackson storyline that was really only there to promote a fight happening on a different Spike show, ''Bellator''). And then of course there are the times TNA themselves are at fault for the bullet that wound up in their foot (such as moving ''[=iMPACT=]!'' to Monday night to try to run up against ''WWE RAW'' when the ratings they pull is nowhere close to being competitive). ''Impact Wrestling'' (their current television product) is ending its Spike TV run at the end of 2014 but TNA is the ones who have to take the blame here.[[note]]Despite Spike executive mandate warning against it, the company chose to hire back Wrestling/VinceRusso and the flagrant disobedience caused Spike to pull any further contract renewal negotiations.[[/note]]

* RonaldReagan's cuts to Creator/{{NPR}}'s federal funding meant that the [[Radio/StarWarsRadioDramas KUSC-FM radio play adaptation]] of ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'' got [[DevelopmentHell shelved for over a decade]].

* In 2005, {{ESPN}} opted not to continue its relationship with the NationalHockeyLeague (fresh out of the lockout that canceled the entire 2004-05 season), and the cable rights were taken over by OLN (which then became Versus, and later still, Creator/{{NBC}} Sports), [[NetworkDecay a channel dedicated to outdoor sports]] with distribution not as wide as ESPN's. When NBC finally offered to air the 2007 NHL playoffs, they ''cut away from a series-clinching playoff game IN OVERTIME'' to show 90 minutes of pre-race coverage of the Preakness Stakes, knocking the remainder of the game over to Versus (except in Buffalo, one of the NHL's smallest markets, and Ottawa, where the CBC knows better). Though thankfully, they've learned their lesson (and Versus, now known as the NBC Sports Network following Comcast's acquisition of NBC, has become a lot more established since.) The Preakness Stakes incident was ExecutiveMeddling of its own, as NBC's contract with the race (negotiated years ''before'', mind you) had advertising commitments.
** {{ESPN}} and ABC aren't exactly blameless for losing their NHL TV rights, though. Once they pulled some duplicitous tactics to yank broadcast rights away from FOX, both ESPN and ABC proceeded to ignore the league, giving it absolutely no advertising time on ABC and the bare minimum on ESPN. This behavior accelerated when ESPN and ABC got the rights to broadcast NBA games (coincidentally, the NHL's direct competitor for the winter months), with both networks making it clear they were prioritizing basketball over hockey. Then right as the 2004-05 NHL lockout started, ESPN canceled their NHL recap show ''[=NHL2night=]'' and refused to revive the show when the League approached them for a new cable deal after the labor dispute ended. With this kind of network screwing over a 6-7 year period, you cannot possibly blame the NHL for jumping to a more caring TV partner in Versus (although going with NBC is still inexcusable, as shown above). [[http://puckthemedia.wordpress.com/2008/11/23/okay-lets-talk-about-this-like-adults-how-espn-nearly-destroyed-the-nhl-on-tv-or-why-the-nhl-should-never-go-back-to-espn/ This blog entry]] goes into more detail about how Disney's networks screwed over the NHL, as well as the aforementioned dirty tactics used to screw FOX out of any TV rights.
** In 1991, NBC broke away from the NHL All-Star Game (from 1990-1994, NBC broadcast the All-Star Game, which was pretty much the only time that the NHL was nationally broadcast on over-the-air television in the United States outside of ESPN's paid programming on ABC during the 1992-93 and 1993-94 seasons) in favor of a press conference from the Pentagon regarding the Gulf War. The previously unaired third period was rebroadcast on [=SportsChannel=] America. Unfortunately, [=SportsChannel=] America (who replaced ESPN as the NHL's primary cable broadcasting outlet in the United States in the 1988-89 season and continued through the 1991-92 season) was for all intents and purposes, a premium outlet that was available to about 1/4 less of the homes that ESPN was in at the time.
** Versus/NBC Sports Network at times has had problems carrying games, but mainly due to cable company quirks. In 2005 a quadruple overtime game was cut off in some markets after 3am ET when infomercials provided by the cable provider kicked in; after that the network disallowed infomercial substitution in the future. A May 2013 game airing on CNBC went unseen in the St. Louis market due to a switching problem. Other than that though, NBC and the NBC Sports Network have been downright kind compared to ESPN with the NHL.
* IndyCar has had a similar path when Versus picked up the load for most (but not all) of its events starting in 2009: ratings have been substantially lower due to Versus simply not being a well-known network (plus the ExecutiveMeddling by the channel's owner, Comcast) even though viewers agree that Versus gives much better treatment to the series as opposed to ABC/ESPN(2); however, the ABC-aired races in 2009 (the Indy 500 and several other summer events) hadn't had as drastic a dropoff as the cable races and started to put a bit more effort into the broadcasts. Of course, a lot of this stems from Tony George's own ExecutiveMeddling that caused the American open-wheel racing split from 1996-2008.
** With Versus re-branding as NBC Sports Network, becoming more established, ''and'' picking up FormulaOne racing too, [=IndyCar=] now has an open-wheeled companion on the schedule to draw more attention at least. But will this change when {{NASCAR}} returns to NBC?
* The Arena Football League may be another one screwed by NBC. After the network lost its NFL games to CBS in 1997 and the 2001 XFL debacle, NBC signed what looked like a good deal with the Arena League at the time (both sides would split ad revenues 50/50 instead of one side getting rights fees). NBC even convinced the league to move up its normal Summer schedule, saying the league could be promoted better if it started the week after the Super Bowl. But when the NFL came calling back to NBC in 2006, the network promptly forgot about the Arena League, leaving it to play at a time of year where it had to compete with the NBA, NHL, and college basketball for viewership. After returning to {{ESPN}}, the league suspended operations for the 2009, reviving in 2010 with half the previous teams choosing not to come back with it (the league slots were filled by teams coming from [=AF2=], a secondary arena football league).
* Major League Baseball screwed themselves with their short-sighted television deals back in the early 1990s. First and foremost, MLB signed a $1.2 billion (approximately) deal with CBS for the next four years. They replaced ABC (who had covered Monday and later Thursday night baseball games consecutively since 1976) and NBC (who had covered Major League Baseball in some shape or form since 1947) as the national, broadcast TV outlet for Major League Baseball. Once CBS came into the picture, Major League Baseball, under the leadership of then outgoing Commissioner Peter Ueberroth, proceeded to systematically destroy the Saturday afternoon ''Game of the Week'' (a longtime institution on NBC). CBS became notorious for their sporadic regular season scheduling (often airing golf events on weeks in place of baseball). MLB's logic was that since a myriad of games were going to air on ESPN, the concept of a nationally televised ''Game of the Week'' was growing obsolete. When the dust was settled, CBS (who by the end of 1993, had also lost the National Football League to Fox, the National Basketball Association to NBC, and college football) lost at least, half a billion dollars off of that baseball deal. Despite all of this, CBS was willing to renew their contact with MLB for two more years. Unfortunately, mid-way through the 1993 season, MLB was already working on a revenue sharing joint-venture with ABC and NBC called "The Baseball Network". The Baseball Network was even worse than what CBS had to offer (with ABC and NBC each covering six weeks of regionalized coverage following the All-Star Break). Without going into full blown detail (check the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Baseball_Network#Criticisms Wikpedia article]] on The Baseball Network to get a proper perspective) here, all that you need to know first and foremost, is that the first two rounds of the playoffs were ''regionally'' televised simultaneously. Perhaps the one positive thing to come out of the 1994-95 baseball strike, was that it hastened the premature demise of The Baseball Network (which was supposed to run through the 1999 season). Shortly afterwards, both ABC and NBC (who had to split coverage of the 1995 World Series) publicly vowed to have nothing more to do with Major League Baseball for at least the remainder of the 20th century. NBC however reluctantly (they could only be bothered to show postseason games and the All-Star Game in even numbered years) reconsidered and wound up sharing the broadcast rights with Fox through the end of the 2000 season.
** Reluctantly is putting it mildly. When the 1997 World Series ended up being played by two small-market teams (Florida and Cleveland), NBC's West Coast head Don Ohlmeyer publicly declared that he hoped it would end in a four-game sweep, since even a fifth game would mean pre-empting his precious "Must See TV" Thursday lineup. (He didn't get his wish; the Series went the full seven games.)
* In Australia, the Seven Network's screwing of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Soccer_League National Soccer League]] led to the entire competition eventually collapsing in 2004. The channel bought the rights for a pay tv sports channel, but after they lost the rights to AussieRulesFootball, they shut down the pay tv channel, and never bothered airing the soccer in any regular fashion, and never live. A highlight package after midnight on Wednesdays was the ''best'' the coverage got at times. A network slogan at the time was parodied with the phrase "Nobody screws soccer like Seven."
** It is actually worse than simply 'shutting down the channel', the NSL was deliberately screwed over by the network. In a subsequent lawsuit over the failure of the pay tv channel, the network executives were exposed via emails showing that they were angry that the managers of AussieRulesFootball were not giving them enough credit for buying the National Soccer League rights then burying the sport.
* ONE HD's coverage of The National Basketball League games has fallen into this when it was announcing in October 2011 that all NBL games aired on One HD would be delayed which angered fans. One HD the following month announced that all NBL games would be delayed EVEN FURTHER to 1:00 AM-2:00 AM, Which pissed off more fans. NBL fans are now trying to boycott the channel.
* FormulaOne has always had prime spots on the BBC since it's most loved in the UK, showing all the races and qualifying since the start (excusing the brief time it went to ITV (which meant there were adverts during the races)). From 2011 and 2018 only half of the races will be shown on the BBC whilst Sky Sports (a channel one would have to pay a lot for, including their television license) will show all the races and the qualifying. Within the first month a Sports site did a poll to find out people's reaction. Fifty per cent said they refused to watch the races on Sky.
** In Brazil, Rede Globo broadcasts basically every race. A few still end up screwed, usually for overlapping with games of the Brazilian Soccer Championship (a particularly bad example was in a late race in 2012, when the champion had already been set in the field but not on the track, and TheBeautifulGame still took priority over the cars), but in 2013 a race wasn't shown because of... the visit of Pope Francis!
* Pro Bull Riding got screwed by the ''networks''. Originally, full events were shown on Versus, but new licensing deals mean events are now shown on NBC, NBC Sports Network (formerly Versus), CBS, and the PBR's own streaming online broadcast site. Often a single event will be divided up between two of these outlets, making it extremely difficult for fans to keep track of. And in football season pray CBS doesn't have a game on in your market, or else PBR is pre-empted entirely.
* The {{Fan Nickname}}d Heidi Bowl where, in November 1968, NBC broke away from the final minutes of a much-anticipated American Football League match up between the Oakland Raiders and New York Jets to air Literature/{{Heidi}}, causing most fans to miss The MiracleRally. Ever since, it's been network policy not to break away from a live sporting event. At least until 2007 (see the NHL entry above).
* The 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Bank of America 500 was a victim of this. The first 25 laps as well as NASCAR Countdown were pre-empted due to the college football game (TCU versus Baylor) running long. And it couldn't have been shown on the other ESPN networks, either; considering that they were all airing games of their own. Talk about overbooking...

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{The Splinter}}'' is an in-universe example. The network in charge of the games in the Realm has zero problems with killing players for the sake of boosting ratings and creating drama. Keep in mind, dying in the game means you die in real life. It's tough to get screwed harder than that.
* At the heyday of ''Advanced [[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons Dungeons & Dragons]] 2nd Edition'' in the 1990s, TSR had Lorraine Williams as their CEO, who made no secret her disdain both for gamers and the people that worked under her. Among many things that caused ''Dungeons & Dragons'' and TSR to be run into the ground before being mercifully bought out by WizardsOfTheCoast were:
** Suing people left and right, including people who ran message boards for talking about ''[[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons Dungeons & Dragons]]'' on the internet on the basis that it was their intellectual property. This prevented new people from discovering the game through Internet word-of-mouth, gave their competitors who were using the new medium to promote their products an edge, and disenchanted fans.
** Lorraine Williams devoted a great deal of company resources to publishing and promoting the ''Buck Rogers'' RPG, as the heiress whose estate owned the rights to the ''Buck Rogers'' IP got royalties for every ''Buck Rogers'' supplement published and sold. That heiress? Lorraine Williams.
** TSR's solution to declining sales was to publish new settings. The problem was that the settings, modules, and rules that governed them were so incompatible with each other that the player base became fragmented. For instance, a ''Planescape'' fan would have no use for modules meant for the ''Birthright'' setting.
** Licensing terrible games, with ''VideoGame/BaldursGate'' being a notable exception and becoming the string holding the franchise together. It probably could have gotten more people into the hobby if message boards about the game didn't have to censor comments about the tabletop version for fear of lawsuits.
** Nepotism ran rampant in the company, which resulted in unqualified managers.
** Game designers were often forbidden by Williams to use company time to play test products, on the reasoning that playtesting was just an excuse for the peasants to get paid to play games.
** Jeff Grubb as one of their top designers had something to say about this. Especially nice [[http://grubbstreet.blogspot.com/2011/03/forgotten-realms-comics-part-i.html here]] are #19A "going into competition with our own licensees was a bit of a tradition at TSR" and #20 "went to my Vice President and asked why an employee was doing outside work for another company that they didn't like anymore". So bad that everyone who didn't already know they're jerks was in for it and that well-aimed [[ObstructiveBureaucrat bureaucratic obfuscation]] was the only way to get things done at all?
* ''TabletopGame/{{Alternity}}'' was a generic RPG produced by TSR in last few years of their operations. And was already used as a source of "how to improve [=xD&D=] mess" ideas. When WOTC took over in 2000, they killed the system and cannibalized the settings into their d20 modern line so that it didn't compete against it.
* The most common complaints against Creator/GamesWorkshop for their ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' release schedule is that Space Marine armies always take precedence over non-Marine armies. The main Space Marine book has always been one of the first books updated in every edition change, while other armies have been languishing in DevelopmentHell for almost as long as a ''decade''.
** An interesting subversion to the Codex: Space Marines are First trend is in 6th Edition. Chaos Space Marines were the first to arrive, followed by Dark Angels (subfaction of Space Marines) and the alien Tau race and then the Chaos Daemons, all before Space Marines. Still, it's no less than ''two'' SpaceMarine derivative armies to mark the 6th edition.
** In 2014, Dark Elder got their second new codex since their initial debut in 3rd edition, having received their 6th edition codex after a whopping ''ten years'' without an update. And in 7e, they got ''majorly'' screwed, with the codex being ripped to shreds to provide fodder for two codexes (Dark Elder and Haemonculus Coven) and roughly two thirds of their special characters, including long-runner Asdrubael Vect, getting pruned from the codex. This has led to a ''huge'' backlash from the fans.
* CCP's financial troubles in 2011, largely clustered around expensive microtransactions and an incomplete ''Incarna'' expansion to ''EVEOnline'', resulted in nearly 20% of the company's staff being laid off, including a number of people working at Creator/WhiteWolf, who they'd entered a business partnership with in 2006. Close to the same time, the general market for tabletop games and traditionally published works hit a major downturn, and WW made the transition from traditional print to PDF and publish-on-demand in order to stay afloat. One of the WW staffers, Rich Thomas, set up his own tabletop RPG company, Onyx Path, and licensed or bought most of WW's properties from CCP.
** ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' 2e also had an issue with the network screwing its writing staff. The game's already touchy mechanics are unforgiving to poorly-written Charms or Artifacts, and at least one freelancer was hired early in development without having access to the basic combat system rules. The Second Edition Sidereals' author didn't have enough time with the new mechanics to understand the importance of Keywords. Another author -- reliably and consistently unnamed by Holden Shearer, the poor man who had to take the resulting hatemail -- was responsible for several poorly written charms, including the terribad Solar Charms in ''Dreams of the First Age'', and remained on the mechanics team until ''Scroll of Fallen Races'', which at one point explained the functioning of a keyword, then failed to include any powers that actually used said keyword.
*** Exalted also had problems due to the network not bothering to enforce any kind of consistency or make the writers talk to each other. Numerous books displayed a staggering lack of internal consistency, with ''Infernals'' being split pretty much exactly down the middle between "Infernals are evil bastards with few to no redeeming features" and "Infernals are messed-up and damaged people, but while their stuff may usually ''look'' evil, [[BadPowersGoodPeople they're not actually evil in application, so long as you direct them at people worse than you]]".

[[folder: Theater]]
* Vee Entertainment has a tendency to do this to shows that aren't [[Series/SesameStreet Sesame Street Live]]. Their [[Series/BarneyAndFriends Barney's Birthday Bash]] show only toured the mid-western United States and Canada, while [[CuriousGeorge Curious George Live!]] and [[KidsBop Kids Bop Live!]] had their tours cancelled without notice. Averted with [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyG3 My Little Pony: The World's Biggest Tea Party!]] and [[TheMuppetShow The Muppet Show Live!]] averted this by making Madison Square Garden their last stop.
* The same thing Vee did happened to a few other companies' shows. [[Franchise/AlvinAndTheChipmunks Alvin And The Chipmunks and the Amazing Computer]] only stopped in a handful of cities including Chicago, while some of the IceCapades shows have never come to any of the Mexican or Canadian border states, mainly the ones featuring [[WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfTeddyRuxpin Teddy Ruxpin]] and {{Barbie}}.

[[folder: Web Video]]
* Website/YouTube bots have taken ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries'' down at least one dozen times by now due to bogus copyright claims, all from the same bot.
* ''WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic'' was pulled from Website/YouTube due to numerous copyright claims where the show continued on Blip.tv and Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses. It's (officially) [[http://www.youtube.com/user/LeagueOfSuperCritics back on YouTube though.]]
* Tired of not appearing on television, WWE Superstar ''Wrestling/ZackRyder'' made a YouTube show called ''Z! True Long Island Story''. It became so popular, that Zack Ryder became one of the most talked about personalities in wrestling at the time. He got tons of merchandise, and WWE was forced to [[HeelFaceTurn turn him face]] and he would go on to win the United States Championship. Even a co-star, The Big O ended up appearing on ''Wrestling/TNAImpact'' as a Gutcheck participant. This all came to an end however when Zack Ryder moved his show to the official WWE channel. The company then proceeded to constantly edit and reject his episodes, causing them to be missing scenes that the WWE found would not be good for the company's image. There was so much ExecutiveMeddling that Zack Ryder would constantly take to Twitter to explain why every other episode had long delays in uploading by WWE's constant rejections. Zack Ryder was no longer motivated to even do the show anymore, but WWE forced him to continue until it finally ended after 100 episodes.

[[folder: Other]]
* This trope is the reason Apple created its own retail stores. One of the problems compounding the company's DorkAge in UsefulNotes/TheNineties was a lack of attractive displays in stores. Retailers devoted floor space to more popular ([[MoneyDearBoy and profitable]]) [=PCs=] instead of Macs, usually relegating them to a corner of the store, if they sold them at all. They also often left the machines turned off, crashed, or set them up without a mouse, leading to an unfavorable first impression with potential buyers. Apple stores were created to give Macs and other Apple products an aesthetically pleasing showcase.
* Jumbo Pictures, producer of many fine Nickelodeon and Disney cartoons and shows, can be said to have been screwed by both Disney ''and'' Nickelodeon. The company started out producing SliceOfLife puppet shows like ''Series/GullahGullahIsland'' and ''Series/AllegrasWindow'', and animated shows like ''WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}'' for Nickelodeon. However Nickelodeon started showing less interest in educational values and more towards generic slapstick as time went on, and Jumbo's terms with Nick started degrading. Disney then made them dump Nick and subsequently bought them over. So far so good, right? After Disney's version of Doug, ''WesternAnimation/JojosCircus'' and ''WesternAnimation/PBAndJOtter'', Disney went against their wishes and used some of Jumbo's characters in a cross-network music video. They've broke up with Disney and renamed themselves Cartoon Pizza, although their only success since then was ''WesternAnimation/PinkyDinkyDoo'', done in partnership with SesameWorkshop.