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Comcast to Purchase Stake in Two Cablevision RSNs PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 30 April 2007 05:12

ComcastComcast will be purchasing a stake in two Cablevision controlled regional sports networks (RSNs) for $570 million in cash. When the deal is completed, Cablevision will have divested itself of any sports properties outside of New York state. As reported by Mediaweek:

Under the terms of the deal, which was announced by both parties Monday morning, Comcast will snap up Cablevision’s 60 percent interest in Fox Sports Net Bay Area and its 50 percent interest in Fox Sports Net New England. The latter transaction gives Comcast full control over FSN New England; the remaining 40 percent stake in the Bay Area RSN will continue to be held by a News Corp. affiliate.

 
MLB International & FSLA Renew Broadcast Agreement PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 27 April 2007 02:40

MLBMajor League Baseball International (MLBI) and Fox Sports Latin America (FSLA) have extended their broadcast packages through the 2010 regular season, it was announced today.

As part of the renewal agreement, FSLA, one of the top-rated sports television networks in Latin America, will maintain their cable, satellite television and high-definition television rights throughout the region.

Financial terms were not released. 

In key markets, FSLA will have the rights to two regular season games each week, including exclusive rights to one live game every Friday night and first choice of games for live Saturday afternoon broadcasts. The extended agreement also grants co-exclusive rights in key markets to the All-Star Game and the World Series. Fox Sports Latin America will have exclusive cable and satellite TV rights for half of the Division Series and one League Championship Series each year, beginning with the American League Championship Series and alternating Leagues each year through 2010. Fox Sports Latin America has been a Major League Baseball International broadcast partner since 1996.

“With the 2007 season just getting under way, this long-term extension of our agreement with Fox Sports Latin America demonstrates the growing excitement felt by fans throughout Latin America,” said Paul Archey, Senior Vice President, International Business Operations, Major League Baseball. “With more international players on Major League rosters than ever before, and with the many dynamic stars from Latin America, Major League Baseball is thrilled to continue coverage of MLB games in the region through 2010.”

“We are delighted to continue our coverage of Major League Baseball in Latin America,” said David Sternberg, General Manager, Fox Sports Latin America. “With all the great players on Major League rosters from Mexico, Venezuela, the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico, these games are certain to be of tremendous interest to our viewers across the region.”

About Fox Sports Latin America

Fox Sports Latin America is operated by Fox Pan American Sports LLC, a international sports programming and production entity owned by HM Capital Partners, LLC and Fox Sports International of News Corporation . For additional information on Fox Sports Latin America please visit: www.foxsportsla.msn.com

 
SockGate: Red Sox Mad. MASN Deletes Thorne Comments PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 26 April 2007 10:50

Gary ThorneIn case you didn't hear, Gary Thorne, the play-by-play announcer for the Baltimore Orioles for MASN, called into question whether the infamous bloody sock that Curt Schilling had during the 2004 World Series was, of all things, a PR stunt. Here's a transcript of what Thorne said to broadcast partner Jim Palmer during last night's Orioles/Red Sox tilt, and recounted on the Boston Globe:

"The great story we were talking about the other night was that famous red stocking that he wore when they finally won, the blood on his stocking," Thorne said to Palmer.

"Nah," Thorne said. "It was painted. Doug Mirabelli confessed up to it after. It was all for PR. Two-ball, two-strike count."

Palmer: "Yeah, that was the 2004 World Series [sic]." Thorne: "Yeah."

Mirabelli was shocked, then angry, when relayed Thorne's comments.

"What? Are you kidding me? He's [expletive] lying. A straight lie," Mirabelli said. "I never said that. I know it was blood. Everybody knows it was blood."

When MASN replayed the game this morning, they cut Thorne's comments out of the rebroadcast. This might be damage control, or it could be simply working to get the game in within a specific time frame. Thorne isn't the first to accuse Schilling of painting the sock red. That distinction goes to GQ Magazine.

Prime comments out of the Red Sox organization:

  • Theo Epstein:"I'm the GM of the team, not Jerry Springer. I couldn't give two [expletives] about what was on his sock, I care that we won the game. The rest, and Gary Thorne, is just noise."
  • Larry Lucchino: "I have never heard any such thing internally, and I refuse to believe it now," Lucchino wrote by email. "It was a courageous moment for Curt Schilling and a glorious moment for the Red Sox, and it shouldn't be sullied with such speculation now."
  • Doug Mirabelli: "I honestly don't know who Gary Thorne is, that's a straight lie."
  • And, yes, Curt Schilling:  "I got the 9-inch scar for you. You can see it."

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Blue Jays Close to Inking TV Deal with CBC PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 25 April 2007 01:23

Blue JaysThe Toronto Blue Jays are close to inking a multi-year broadcast deal with CBC, and should be completed by the end of the week. The deal which will see 8 games this season, but grow to as many as 20 or 25 games in 2008. As reported by the Globe and Mail:

The on-again, off-again television agreement between the Toronto Blue Jays and the CBC will be completed by the end of the week, according to sources close to negotiations.

Barring an 11th-hour change, the CBC will air eight Blue Jays games this season, probably starting with back-to-back weekend games at home against the Colorado Rockies on June 23 and 24.

CBC is looking to fill content after losing the CFL in 2008.

 
Sunday's Yankees v. Red Sox Game Rates High PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 24 April 2007 03:37

Red SoxSunday's Yankees v. Red Sox game shown on ESPN garnered the highest ratings for a regular season game on the network since July 25, 2004, according to Neilsen Media Research.

The game which saw Japanese pitching sensation Daisuke Matsuzaka, as well as 4 homeruns in a row by the Red Sox garnered a 4.0 household rating and 7 share in metered markets. In Boston, the ESPN ratings were at an all-time regular season high, posting 24.7/39 rating.

 
Cardinals Fans Find Less Games on TV This Season PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 07 April 2007 13:27

CardinalsWhile the St. Louis Cardinals are World Series Champions, catching games on television in the St. Louis area won't be as easy this season.

FSN Midwest is blacking out games in the central Illinois, parts of Iowa and Kentucky. The issue is between Fox Sports Net and DirecTV and Dish Network. As reported by the St. Louis Post Dispatch:

The Illinois areas impacted include the Springfield, Peoria, Champaign, and Bloomington-Normal areas, FSN spokesman Geoff Goldman said, adding the St. Louis market is not affected.

FSN wants to be included in the basic service package, while the satellite operators have included it in a sports package that costs about $6-12 more a month.

 And, it's not just FSN that is impacting viability—over-the-air, free television broadcasts of the Cardinals are impacted, as well -- dramatically. As reported separately by the St. Louis Post Dispatch:

They have 21 games scheduled on KSDK (Channel 5), 19 fewer than the club had on KPLR (Channel 11) last season and 58 fewer than the 79 games the club had on over-the-air TV in 1991-93.

Those without cable or satellite TV will be affected even more should the Cardinals reach the postseason.

Major League Baseball is pulling one League Championship Series off over-the-air television and placing it exclusively on cable and satellite television.

 

 

 
MASN Launches on DISH Network PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 06 April 2007 10:25

MASN Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN) announced today that EchoStar's DISH Network will carry the RSN, home of the Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals.

"Adding the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network to our existing Regional Sports Networks lineup gives Nationals and Orioles fans all the more reason to subscribe to DISH Network," said Eric Sahl, senior vice president of Programming for DISH Network. "By combining the latest and most popular sports programming with the functionality and technology of our industry-leading Digital Video Recorders, they will find multiple ways to enhance their viewing experience."

"We are pleased to have finally reached this agreement with DISH Network," stated Todd Webster, spokesman for MASN. "DISH Network recognizes the huge appetite for Major League Baseball in the mid-Atlantic region and has stepped up to the plate for its customers."

Dish subscribers will be able to access this programming immediately and can tune in at 6:30 this evening to either channel 432 to catch the Orioles at New York Yankees or channel 433 to see the Nationals host the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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Mariners Opening Day TV Rating Highest Since '05 PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 05 April 2007 14:06

Seattle MarinersThe Seattle Mariners opening series against the Oakland A’s on Fox Sports Northwest attracted the largest baseball audience on the network in almost two years. Opening Day on April 2nd, a 4-0 Mariners victory, earned a 9.6 Nielsen household rating. Wednesday night’s 9-0 loss at Safeco Field still earned a 9.0 rating, bettering every game rating on the 2006 schedule. The 9.6 Opening Day rating was the largest Mariners audience on FSN since a 9.7 on May 14, 2005, when Seattle faced the Boston Red Sox. FSN’s 2006 Opening Day telecast earned a 5.0.

The Opening Day rating translates to more than 325,000 homes watching the Mariners’ first game of the season in the Seattle DMA.

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Ripken & Gwynn to be Analysts for TBS PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 05 April 2007 09:28

Gwynn and RipkenWith MLB reaching a seven-year agreement with Turner Broadcasting System late last year to make TBS the exclusive telecasting rights to the National League Championship Series in 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2013 and the American League Championship Series in 2008, 2010 and 2012, TBS has brought on Cal Ripken, Jr. and Tony Gwynn as analysts for the network.

As reported by the AP, "Ripken will serve as the network's top studio analyst for coverage of the 2007 National League Division and Championship Series."

"Gwynn will be in the broadcast booth as analyst for the division and championship series."

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FSN to Televise 1,700 MLB Games in '07 . Up 10% PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 30 March 2007 07:35

Fox Sports NetFox Sports Net will broadcast 1,700 MLB games this season, an increase of 170 games from last year, or 10%.

As reported by Mediaweek:

FSN will televise more than 9,800 hours of MLB programming this season, including various team-related original programming, co-branded with the teams. On an average night, FSN will televise 10 MLB games regionally across the country.

 
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