While I agree that the particular programming you speak of is stale, I'd like to know what kinds of things you think people would tune in for more frequently than they already do. I hate ESPN, but I watch it because it's sports. I've given FS1 and NBCSports a try, but their programming is even worse.
ESPN will fall off of the SEC wagon sooner or later. Maybe we're forgetting how much they rode the B1G in the late 90s and early 2000s. And you can bet your ass they're going to the BTN when the deal comes up because, IMO, it's their last hope.
It's not the particular networks' fault that people are cord cutting, it's the providers. Providers are still cutting what they pay the networks and raising their monthly subscription fees.