It is jarring but I am sure we will get used to it. Complaining that they are pushing their one regular source of income is why sites are struggling. Ad revenue dependent models are suffering. I would rather they highlight paid content over "like us on facebook, please click our banner ads #doritos" crap.
You have been getting more than two or three pieces of content a week since Ryckert joined. Excluding premium podcasts, last week gave us spookin and 2 metal gear.. The week before, wow, mgs, jar time and upf.
They only commit to the friday show as they are not sure who is in, what events are on, when pubs visit to demo games, etc.. Alows them to be flexible.
You can enjoy the games without picking a team to support. My team is too shit to be in the premiership, so I just pick on a game to game basis - maybe they have a player I like or they are the underdog or they are playing scum like Man U :-P
This isn't really comparable to charity giving. It is more like if a friend of yours got robbed and you have a whip round at the local bar to help the guy out.
If someone wants to donate $5 or whatever towards making a random persons life easier then good for them - it isn't that they won't donate to charity (remember the $100k we raised for extra life last year), it is that they maybe skip the skinny decaf latte on the way home.
Also - CBS is not going to buy any replacements. Staff will be provided with consoles at the office and they may be allowed to sign machines out for review purposes but "multibillion-dollar entertainment companies" don't stay rich by giving hand outs to staff.