sildenafilo cinfa 25 what is the drug diamox used for cost comparison online paxil genuine triamterene 100mg vasotec for sale uk what is norvasc most reliable place to buy lady era online alavert online forum buy now cash liquid tamoxifen shelf life can order cialis online what allergies does flonase used to treat diovan tablets novartis secure pharmacy plus abana pharmacy prices list clomid multiple births success stories donde comprar viagra en estados unidos side effects of baclofen (lioresal) etodolac without prescription pills patient reviews on strattera paroxetine next day shipping estrace over counter what does lithium medicine do purchase prednisone 20mg prescription shipping cheap stromectol nexium dose iv erexor online legally buy cephalexin astrailia propecia order online uk buy vpxl fast shipping hydrea tablets side effects blopress drugs online purchases requip pill shop discount code uk version of promethazine sominex maximum strength reviews accutane before and after isotretinoin generic nexium prices cardura 40 mg pharmacy possible side effects of zestoretic quetiapine-seroquel tablets free coupon for tinidazole become a pharmacy technician online order ephedraxin online canada claritin maximum safe dosage sildenafil tablets omnicef generic equivalent canadian prescriptions by mail generic danazol uk paypal acheter ventolin generic priligy india coumadin epocrates online lipitor dosage 80 mg instalo driverat e zerit viagra online pay by american express how much does it cost to live in hawaii decadron pediatric dose anesthesia slimming tablets uk 2010 generic vantin buy canada buy cardizem low cheap price capoten sale indocin medicine where to buy dilantin drugs online forzest costco how much does seroquel xr cost on the street pil diet aslene kytril on the internet co diovan 320 mg is there a generic propecia 2013 how much will isoniazid cost vpxl refills trazodone with paypal payment best place buy brahmi prescription amaryl generic 4mg lipitor pharmacy costs comprar endep original percocet wiki side effects common side effects of zoloft resources for viagra soft preco do cialis no brasil shallaki uk online cheap elocon usa vpxl discount code plavix patent extension free or low cost zenegra ireland pharmacy technician jobs buy motilium low cheap price buy calcium carbonate mg buying serophene for dogs lov cost ventolin baclofen uk all rights order allopurinol cheap western drug atrovent neurontin tablets from buy the online drugstore zocor order nitrofurantoin online in usa proventil online cheap trimox lawsuit lexapro tablets used dostinex online no prescription tetracycline mail order valtrex purchase in canada no prescription is generic entocort effective matrix blue pill or red pill buy lady era bulk lozol medicine online buy generic phenergan thyroxine hormone levels get buspar las vegas buy venlor from canada how to cancel acai berry detox order best drugstore mascara for length is serevent available over the counter best site to buy metoclopramide xenical forum pl pharmacies prescription buy cheap arimidex healthy man order viagra online uk drugstore best price toprol xl what does hyaluronic acid do for horses buy provera boots pharmacy costco milton keynes offers buy 10mg cialis european conference oncology pharmacy 2012 trandate prescription $50 advair coupon 2012 metformin glucophage weight loss discount generic vermox mebendazole cytotec in labor and delivery what are the side effects of viagra yahoo answers buy flovent for daily use long term side effects of zoloft in children where to buy flying mounts alliance online antibiotics no prescription uk generic seroflo us street price seroquel 100mg buy levothyroxine tablets uk atorvastatin 10 mg ezetimibe 10 mg cost of ditropan without insurance aristocort wanted online review comprar rowenta lithium buy female viagra no prescription fast delivery prilosec tablets use sustiva prices acheter fluoxetine 20mg how much is singulair at costco zyprexa ordering no prescription baclofene serophene success skelaxin prescription prices adalat for discount where to buy baby aspirin in the uk naprosyn pharmacy atarax drug in fr pharmacy how to get silagra on line benicar pills sweat alli coupons printable 2013 prix boite cialis 5mg buying cytotec ph bactrim 100ml cena buy synthroid xr without prescription buy xeloda uk buy bactrim in india online lozol drug information does viagra lower my blood pressure south australian pharmacies cheap generic hyaluronic acid generic for tri-levlen 28 prednisone no prescription online order tulasi for men in usa norvasc side effects swelling ankles best price for real revatio isoniazid generic name discount code for hydrochlorothiazide generic lotrel usa safe zyprexa buy med cab malegra dxt rizatriptan vs maxalt buy generic nootropil with bonus is it safe to order duetact cost of minocin in ireland do catholic hospitals pay for viagra how to get bystolic on line use glucotrol xl coupon online flonase brand positioning dostinex side effects uk buy methocarbamol 750 mg how many benadryl can i give my 100 lb dog generic prozac vs brand name prozac buy zoloft india xenical alli diet pills albenza dosing for children liposafe overnight pharmacy comprar lasix online side effects of premarin .3mg zofran reviews morning sickness find pharmacy express scripts best time to take celexa medication resources for toprol xl blue capsule orlistat 60 buy viagra soft online from mexico apcalis sx for sale australia como usar sertralina para emagrecer wellbutrin sr side effects headaches ordering antabuse online estrace online overnight shipping order viagra plus in pharmacy prescription no script sarafem mg isoptin 240 cena pcos metformin and clomid success stories anti-anxiety medication buspar side effects generic cymbalta india casodex 150 mg prescribing information fincar uk brand name cialis professional drugs for sale brand advair diskus pills sweat tricor global services clomiphene for men and women singulair costco what is augmentin duo tablets reglan 10mg tablets metformin combination products side effects of minocycline weight gain cheap toradol overnight the online drugstore effexor xr lopid shoppers drug mart american ginseng root tea generic flagyl er buy canada cheap viagra sublingual india how to take viagra plus mg phenergan now co uk dosage instructions for children;s motrin side effects of ciprodex otic does tetracycline work for chlamydia without a script buy delivery desyrel online yagara purchase mylan-ciprofloxacin 500mg and alcohol what is the drug torsemide dramamine 1006 citrato de sildenafila medley prec,o bactroban 2 cream cost get eulexin toronto reglan refill pack what is lopressor medicine emsam generic 2013 drugs aldactone dosage hypokalemia overnight order astelin hyzaar online sales mexico online pharmacy prescription drugs hydrocortisone cream on face ic lisinopril hctz accutane drugs interactions cialis super active australia steroids european pharmacy generic cialis super active safe buy cialis canada paypal allegra price costco tinidazole 500mg tablets what does abilify feel like pet rx meds buy alli generic name sominex bonus pills side effects of zanaflex tablets buy nymphomax 200 haldol usa renagel discount can i order luvox online women's viagra samples zestril 20 mg buy brand glyset retin-a 0,05 prices usa mexico amoxil promethazine codeine syrup side effects order combivent pill can i take lamisil and birth control pills order hydrochlorothiazide online no prescription generic levitra plus buy viramune boots how to use noroxin buy famvir online in usa epivir-hbv over counter discount coupon for canda-pharmacy-24h abilify without insurance frumil over the counter tetracycline from sigma aldrich brand amoxil from canadian pharmacy comprar clomid em portugal lipitor generic price usa where can i get risperdal is viagra legal to buy online drugs for sale online tenormin syrup buy bupropion no prescription fast delivery where can i get live scan fingerprinting albendazole online overnight shipping atorlip-10 pills buy correct dosage of prednisone in dogs best pharmacy 4 u fml forte paypal acai berry suppliers in australia buy brand ethionamide buy mentax australia what is betoptic pills used for pramipexole dihydrochloride uk cymbalta canadian source buy finpecia 100mg online glucophage 1000 maximale dosering lexapro luvox coupon code online drugstore in the us uk version of dramamine nymphomax no prescription reviews indinavir online usa cefixime online order generika propecia bestellen cordarone pill shop discount code buy female cialis in uk where to terramycin cialis online canadian can i make ashwagandha buy liv 20 what is the difference between viagra for men and viagra for women where to buy alli in canada cheap generic generic differin gel 0.3 safe to buy generic medrol from uk cheap chloramphenicol free delivery cialis for women side effects prescription drugs online ranbaxy azax 500 ephedraxin tablets purchase on line resources for cleocin gel atrovent on line for sale no script aceon medicine metformin dosage maximum dose antivert canada no prescription purchasing trazodone online uk brand calan for sale generic zovirax no prescription female viagra online shipping depo-medrol order drugstore makeup reviews 2011 how much does celexa cost without insurance generic viagra purchased with mastercard best site to buy levitra zofran odt 4mg filme onlain 2013 post cycle therapy zenegra glucophage for men sale in uk jogos do friv de 1000 jogos mexico capoten advair diskus wiki silagra dosage where to buy trileptal ointment what class of drugs is clonidine buying cafergot using paypal how to take care of your amaryllis generic toradol for sale on line how much clomid do i take post cycle what is the drug isoniazid used for best site get torsemide cleocin and birth control pills cleocin iv pediatric dose prandin 100mg cheap exelon uk brand name where to buy emsam take fluoxetine 20mg capsules order allopurinol pill caverta how to buy buy tretinoin retin-a 0.1 cream 45g flying anxiety medication over counter viagra in visakhapatnam speman ordering no prescription generic zyloprim overnite shipping friv 10000 net best high blood pressure medication claritin without script compazine 20mg tab interaction between viagra and nitrates lopressor iv push dose buy lioresal in singapore amlodipine besylate tablets 10mg actonel 5 mg tablets pilex wanted online review Purchase levitra 20mg tablets what is coregistration fmri diovan precio mexico topamax mg price what is lansoprazole order doxazosin online uk order aricept canada buy coreg paypal what does hyaluronic acid do for joints eurax cream cost where to buy periactin weight gain pharmacy toronto pharmacy online application zocor without script equivalent dose diovan cozaar prices viagra india oblong blue pill with watson 853 ditropan tablets 5mg buyers of urispas canada where can i order viagra plus viagra professional medication online comprar cytoxan online to buy desyrel estrace online ordering where can i purchase abana strattera cost help aldactone drugs for sale what is alphagan tablets can you buy flovent online opportunity what is imitrex shot terramycin uk boots ?? prednisolone tablets 5 mg buy brand citalopram acheter levothroid canada drugs trandate with prescription mexican pharmacy online phentermine canada pharmacies online that sell cialis soft mexican robaxin non prescription fincar levothroid lawsuit settlements alesse medication analox ata trimix analyser non prescription prograf yagara to buy in england what is acai berry juice good for sildenafil citrate dapoxetine 100mg 60mg vasotec 2.5 mg tablet order tadacip online in usa list of tesco stores selling revatio beconase aq lawsuit overseas pharmacy no prescription elocon levitra shop net where to buy dostinex mg do you need rx diakof generic roxithromycin overnite shipping propranolol lawsuit without purchase abilify prednisone dosage asthma attack baclofen online shipping lipitor trusted online drug stores in canada lov cost plendil nizagara discontinued where to purchase amaryllis bulbs alli not working 2013 apcalis sx 40 mg dose buy prograf with visa buy cialis super active tablets us pharmacy pre registration canada discount canadian pharmacy alesse cleocin sale generic evista switzerland clarithromycin 500mg tablets nhs vantin uk brand name beconase aq pills sweat buy eurax patch buy asacol mg serevent from usa safe buy haridra online atarax mg price purchase nexium mg buy tamoxifen tablets india online prescriptions from mexico unisom lawsuit settlements phone in order for acai retino-a cream 0,05 buy online ireland buy mentat ds syrup next day buy adalat with pharmacy what is the correct dosage of avapro what is crestor for buy cheap snovitra super power using pay pal order buy floxin ofloxacin get singulair las vegas buy viagra tablets australia med cab benadryl buy vasotec enalapril online canadian viagra reviews sale himcocid purchase cafergot mg to buy flonase nasal spray pharmacy levitra professional by mail pharmacy buy cheap ranitidine prescription canada tricor tablets generic how to take xenical pills lexapro generic vs brand name raloxifene breast cancer como comprar decadron haldol overnight shipping cheap buy revatio online no prescription uk hoodia cheapest cephalexin 500mg for dogs ear infection cheap accutane uk where to buy viagra with mastercard promethazine 25mg tablets abuse acheter pas cher aleve quinine bisulphate femara medicine fertility overseas pharmacy no prescription levitra seroquel generic usa effects alcohol while accutane aciphex canada price
Home Television

Like Shoot to Thrill - An AC/DC Tribute on Facebook!

An authentic tribute of AC/DC that covers the best of the Bon Scott era and the best of Brian Johnson's material

Who's Online?

We have 694 guests online

Atom RSS

feed-image Feed Entries
Television
In the Midst of Rebuilding, Astros Lose Leverage in CSN Houston Negotiations PDF Print E-mail
User Rating: / 154
PoorBest 
Written by Maury Brown   
Tuesday, 21 May 2013 14:13

Astros

In advance of the overall strategy for the sale of the Houston Astros to Jim Crane, former President and CEO George Postolos, and the Houston Rockets approached NBC Sports Group about the creation of a new regional sports network that would become Comcast SportsNet Houston. The deal which sees the Astros own 46.384 percent, the Rockets owning 30.923 percent, and NBC Sports Group owning the balance at 22.693 percent was smart given the rapidly changing landscape of media deals. With the move to the American League West, the Astros would be competing with the Rangers and Angels, both of whom had landed media rights deals at a reported total of $3 billion. While the Astros wouldn’t be garnering that much, they at least would be able to potentially top out in excess of $1.5 billion over the life of the agreement.

But, a couple of things happened along the way that has CSN Houston not reaching the revenues anticipated. In fact, the Astros and Rockets could potentially have the new RSN a loss leader, as opposed to a key revenue stream.

While the Houston Rockets made the playoffs this season, the Astros are years from the postseason. As part of the sale to Crane, then owner Drayton McLane began unloading player payroll. By the time the sale was approved in November of 2011, the team had finished the season with 106 losses and attendance ranked 19th at 2,067,016. In 2012, the Astros again finished with over 100 losses (107, to be exact), and attendance had dropped to 28th with a total of 1,607,733, a whopping decline of 459,283 in paid attendance or -22% from 2011. And, it appears that the team will surpass the 100 loss season mark this year.

All of this has played into the hands of carriage negotiations for CSN Houston. According to a report in the Houston Chronicle, the “Astros/Rockets/NBC Sports Group partnership is low on funds and faces ‘tough decisions’ about its future,” according to Astros owner, Jim Crane. Currently CSN Houston is not being carried by DirecTV, Dish Network and AT&T U-verse or regional carriers such as Suddenlink and Time Warner Cable. Currently, the new RSN is only being carried on approx. 40 percent of available 2.2 million televisions in the Houston area due to the impasse. Due to limited carriage, Houston Rockets ratings were down one-third for the season that recently ended.

Imagine that.

The issue is one of conflicting interests. The owners of CSN Houston, knowing that carriage deals of up to 20 years carries with it the need to get the most while they can, are sticking to their guns on getting the best rate possible. According to reports, that could be as high as $3.40 per subscriber—a lofty sum, especially in light of the dismal performance by the Astros, and the possibility that it could be several years before the rebuilding gets the club into competitiveness. The owners of CSN Houston are looking at the market that has not only provided those $3 billion deals for the Rangers and Astros, but $2 billion for the Mariners as part of the majority purchase of ROOTS Sports NW, the Dodgers waiting for approval on a $6-$8 billion media rights deal with TWC, and the outcome of a potential bidding war between FOX Sports and Comcast for a new Phillies deal. It is actually the cumulative weight of all these media rights deals, coupled with the self-inflicted wounds that the Astros have taken on with the fan base as part of the rebuilding that place the Astros/Rockets and NBC Sports Group at a considerable disadvantage.

And, it’s not like having Jim Crane say that CSN Houston is going to have to make “tough decisions” doesn’t add more leverage to those carriers that the RSN is trying to get top-dollar for. Ask yourself: if you know that an RSN is wounded, that ratings are down, and public perception of the club is low, why would you give in and offer a high rate that you are stuck with for 20 years?

And then there’s the “perception” matter. The carriers on the sideline see the Astros, Rockets, and MLS Dynamo that are carried on CSN Houston as “a small market” and therefore, not worth the amount being sought as a regional channel offering. New Astros president Reid Ryan said of the negotiations, There’s a real desire from Jim to get it right because (Crane) knows if he doesn’t get it right, it could affect this club for a very, very long time,” Ryan said. “There’s a perception out there nationally that Houston is a small market, and what we’re hearing is that people want to treat us as a small market. This is the fourth-largest city in America. It’s kind of a slap in the face to call Houston a small market.”

There is possible movement on the matter, but it’s hard saying when that movement may come, if at all. On Monday, representatives from the Astros, Rockets, NBC Sports Group and Suddenlink Communications met with Houston Mayor Annise Parker. The meetings were described as “positive” but that no resolution was reached, and none were expected soon.

The Astros may be part of bad timing as well as negotiating from a position of weakness. As we’ve been saying, it’s possible that the media rights bubble may be close to bursting. When you couple that with the Astros poor showing in the standings and other matters such as bad PR with the sudden, unexpected resignation of George Postolos, the Astros may get broader carriage, but not at the rate they feel they deserve, or want. It's just one more thing on top of many others that have the Astros needing to slow down with all the change.


Maury BrownMaury Brown is the Founder and President of the Business of Sports Network, which includes The Biz of Baseball, The Biz of Football, The Biz of Basketball and The Biz of Hockey. He writes for Baseball Prospectus and is a contributor to Forbes. He is available as a freelance writer. Brown's full bio is here. He looks forward to your comments via email and can be contacted here.

Follow Maury Brown on Twitter Twitter

Follow The Biz of Baseball on TwitterTwitter

 
USA vs. Canada World Baseball Classic Game Most-Watched Non-Postseason Game in MLB Network History PDF Print E-mail
User Rating: / 76
PoorBest 
Written by Maury Brown   
Tuesday, 12 March 2013 11:20

World Baseball Classic

Every few years, the debate arises over the popularity of the World Baseball Classic. “It’s a marketing tool to grow the game globally”… “Fans outside of the U.S.A. are more passionate and that’s because in the U.S., we simply want Major League Baseball’s regular season to start so we can catch all the stars of the game”…

And while MLB Network has a large subscriber base, a large swatch of the US still doesn’t have access to it to watch. So it’s somewhat surprising that the league-owned network got a decent ratings win this past weekend.

Team USA’s win over Canada on Sunday in the Pool D elimination game of the 2013 World Baseball Classic was the most-watched non-Postseason game ever on MLB Network, averaging 760,000 viewers, up 26% from the previous high, a New York Yankees vs. Boston Red Sox game on October 2, 2012. The USA vs. Canada game peaked with 1.25 million viewers during the final innings, from 7:00 – 7:30 p.m. ET, which included the USA’s four-run rally in the ninth inning.

The strength of 15 World Baseball Classic game telecasts helped MLB Network to its most-watched weekend ever, drawing an average of 252,000 viewers* from Friday, March 8 through Sunday, March 10.

MLB Network’s two other 2013 World Baseball Classic game telecasts featuring Team USA are among the top five most-watched non-Postseason game telecasts in the network’s history. Friday’s Mexico vs. USA matchup averaged 673,000 viewers, the network’s second-most viewed non-Postseason game telecast, while Saturday’s USA vs. Italy game drew an average of 576,000 viewers. The Dominican Republic’s defeat of Puerto Rico on Sunday averaged 513,000 viewers, the most-viewed non-USA game telecast of the 2013 World Baseball Classic.

So, it will be interesting to see what the ratings do if Team USA makes it to the finals. After all, they’ve done no better than fourth (that was 2006). America loves a winner. If they do pull it off, it could be a game changer for not only the WBC, but MLB Network.

All figures per Nielsen; weekend viewership includes Friday-Saturday from 6a-6a and Sunday from 6a-3a


Maury BrownMaury Brown is the Founder and President of the Business of Sports Network, which includes The Biz of Baseball, The Biz of Football, The Biz of Basketball and The Biz of Hockey. He writes for Baseball Prospectus and is a contributor to Forbes. He is available as a freelance writer. Brown's full bio is here. He looks forward to your comments via email and can be contacted through the Business of Sports Network (select his name in the dropdown provided).

Follow Maury Brown on Twitter Twitter

Follow The Biz of Baseball on TwitterTwitter

 
Explosion in Sports Media Rights Means $3 Monthly Fee Increase on DirecTV PDF Print E-mail
User Rating: / 76
PoorBest 
Written by Maury Brown   
Thursday, 14 February 2013 22:50
DirecTV
The first real signs that regional sports
network media rights fees are trickling
down to customers comes via DirecTV

Maybe the sports television rights bubble hasn’t burst quite yet, but the explosion in how much regional sports networks (RSNs) are expecting from the carriers is finally hitting your wallet.

Whether it is the Rangers ($3 billion), Angels ($3 billion), Astros with the Houston Rockets ($1.6 billion), Padres ($1.2 billion), or Dodgers ($7-$8 billion), and YES’ recent $3 billion valuation, in baseball alone, the massive rights deals being brokered with RSNs have created battles between the networks and carriers. When it hits the carriers, it eventually winds up in your cable or satellite bill.

The first significant case of this is happening with satcaster DirecTV. In August, DTV began adding a $3 a month surcharge for RSNs in markets that had more than one regional sports network. This mostly just impacted larger markets, but now, it will affect all.

Beginning this spring, DTV will expand the fee to all existing customers, meaning a $36 annual increase for consumers. And, DirecTV will not be the only one. As reported by Multichannel News:

Other distributors have followed DirecTV’s lead with the RSN charge – Verizon’s FiOS TV began implementing a $2.42 monthly charge for RSNs in California, Texas and Florida in February, with plans to expand to its remaining sates in March. In Maryland and Virginia, the surcharge will take effect in April.

So, while at the outset it was said that maybe the rights fee bubble may not yet have burst, it’s creating a problem as new deals across the sports landscape begin to have cumulative effect. Just last week, FOX Sports San Diego, which is the RSN that the Padres inked their $1.2 billion deal with, finally landed on DISH. DirecTV was one of the last large carriers to pick up TWC SportsNet, the RSN that was created with the Los Angeles Lakers as their key programming. The rights deal for the Lakers is a reported $4 billion. The Rockets, now nearly halfway through the season are not on DTV via CSN Houston, and the Astros—the largest stakeholder in the new Houston RSN—are about to begin the 2013 season not on DirecTV’s program menu.

Deals will continue to be brokered as media rights deals expire, but the battle to get them on the major carriers, or getting the massive deals that have been recently inked, will continue to be an issue.

Of course, none of this is good for fans. While the financial flexibility is something every sports fan loves to see their favorite club have, if it means a large spike in their cable or satellite TV bill, it comes with a price. The pin is positioned near the bubble. When will it make contact is the question.


Maury BrownMaury Brown is the Founder and President of the Business of Sports Network, which includes The Biz of Baseball, The Biz of Football, The Biz of Basketball and The Biz of Hockey. He writes for Baseball Prospectus and is a contributor to Forbes. He is available as a freelance writer. Brown's full bio is here. He looks forward to your comments via email and can be contacted through the Business of Sports Network (select his name in the dropdown provided).

Follow Maury Brown on Twitter Twitter

Follow The Biz of Baseball on TwitterTwitter

 
The 2013 MLB on FOX National Broadcast Schedule Released PDF Print E-mail
User Rating: / 109
PoorBest 
Written by Maury Brown   
Tuesday, 12 February 2013 17:19

MLB on FOXWith the beginning of Spring Training, MLB’s network partners are gearing up for the 2013 regular season. Today, MLB on FOX released their 2013 national broadcast schedule for the “Saturday Game of the Week.”

The 24-week schedule, includes eight consecutive weeks of primetime coverage for the second straight year leading to the 84th MLB All-Star Game. Every U.S.-based team makes at least one appearance this season, and at least one at home during the prime time stretch which begins in late May.

MLB on FOX regional coverage debuts on Saturday, April 6 with a three game schedule that features rematches of both 2012 League Championship Series and a key A.L. West showdown.  That day, the defending American League Champion Detroit Tigers host the runner-up New York Yankees, and the World Champion San Francisco Giants welcome the St. Louis Cardinals, while Los Angeles Angels’ with Josh Hamilton returns to the Lone Star State as the Halos travel to face the Texas Rangers.

Primetime coverage of the 2013 season begins Saturday, May 25 (7:00-10:00 PM ET) with five contests featuring the Washington Nationals and N.L. Rookie of the Year Bryce Harper hosting their division rival Philadelphia Phillies, David Freese and the Cardinals in Los Angeles to take on Matt Kemp and the Dodgers; the New York Mets welcoming the Upton brothers and the Atlanta Braves; the Oakland Athletics visiting the Houston Astros, the American League’s newest member; and an interleague tilt with the Chicago White Sox at home against the Miami Marlins. The primetime schedule also includes interleague games on Saturday, June 15June 22 and June 29, and culminates on July 13 with five games, including an N.L. Central battle between the Cardinals and the Chicago Cubs.  In all, MLB on FOX presents 11 interleague games on eight dates.

The schedule on Saturday, June 1 features the first of this season’s record five Yankees/Red Sox rivalry clashes. It was during an April game on FOX last season that the Yankees, trailing Boston 9-0 after five innings, stormed back with seven runs in the seventh and eighth to notch the improbable 15-9 win.  The Bosox and Bombers also square off on July 20, Aug. 17, Sept. 7 and Sept. 14.

The Nationals, Red Sox and Cincinnati Reds are each scheduled to make a maximum nine appearances on FOX, while the Yankees, Tigers, Cardinals, Braves and Dodgers are scheduled for eight appearances. As always, the final two Saturdays of the regular season are designated as “wild card” dates, allowing FOX Sports and MLB to choose games that have postseason implications.  Potential selections include Giants-Yankees on Saturday, Sept. 21 and Angels-Rangers and Cubs-Cardinals on Saturday, Sept. 28.

In addition to its regular-season coverage, FOX Sports broadcasts the 84th MLB All-Star Game, live from Citi Field, the home of the New York Mets, on Tuesday, July 16 (7:30-11:30 PM ET), the American League Championship Series and the 109th World Series.

SELECT READ MORE TO SEE THE ENTIRE NATIONAL BROADCAST SCHEDULE FOR THE 2013 MLB REGULAR SEASON

Read more...
 
FOX Sports San Diego and DISH Reach Deal to Carry Padres, Clippers, and Ducks Programming PDF Print E-mail
User Rating: / 67
PoorBest 
Written by Maury Brown   
Wednesday, 06 February 2013 17:00
Dish

FOX Sports San Diego and DISH today announced that as of April 1, 2013, DISH San Diego customers will have access to the Padres, Clippers and Ducks, plus other local sports events for the Southern California franchises.  FOX Sports San Diego will be available for local DISH customers with the America’s Top 120 Plus and Latino Dos packages. Financial terms were not released.

The Padres receive $200 million in upfront money as part of the Fox Sports San Diego rights deal valued $1.2 billion over 30-years. The club has a 20 percent ownership stake in the regional sports network.

“We're delighted that DISH is making Padres on FOX Sports San Diego available to their valued customers,” said Henry Ford, Senior Vice President and General Manager, FOX Sports San Diego. “On Opening Day 2013 Padres baseball will be delivered to more households than ever before.”


Maury BrownMaury Brown is the Founder and President of the Business of Sports Network, which includes The Biz of Baseball, The Biz of Football, The Biz of Basketball and The Biz of Hockey. He writes for Baseball Prospectus and is a contributor to Forbes. He is available as a freelance writer. Brown's full bio is here. He looks forward to your comments via email and can be contacted through the Business of Sports Network (select his name in the dropdown provided).

Follow Maury Brown on Twitter Twitter

Follow The Biz of Baseball on TwitterTwitter

 
Dodgers, TWC Announce Landmark TV Deal Creating SportsNet LA PDF Print E-mail
User Rating: / 65
PoorBest 
Written by Maury Brown   
Monday, 28 January 2013 13:12

Dodgers

As anticipated, the Los Angeles Dodgers and Time Warner Cable today announced a new regional sports network with the working name of SportsNet LA that will launch at the beginning of the 2014 Major League Baseball season. In addition to being the exclusive local home for all of the Dodger games, SportsNet LA will provide comprehensive behind-the-scenes Dodger programming, featuring more insights, analysis and commentary. The landmark agreement is worth a reported $7-$8 billion, making it the most lucrative RSN launch in MLB history. The agreement with TWC is subject to certain closing conditions.

The deal has not yet been approved by Major League Baseball over concerns involving a capped amount of revenue-sharing attached to the deal. That issue surfaced as part of the bankruptcy process when Frank McCourt formerly owned the club. It is not believed that the current state of MLB not approving the deal will scuttle it entirely, but without league approval, the possibility of some structural contract changes could come about to address concerns.

Time Warner Cable (TWC) has agreed to be SportsNet LA’s charter distributor, and will carry the new network for its customers throughout Southern California and Hawaii under a long-term affiliation deal. In addition, in return for agreeing to make payments over the life of the deal, TWC will be the exclusive advertising and affiliate sales agent for the new network and will have certain branding and programing rights with respect to the network, and therefore, will guarantee subscription fees. TWC will also provide certain non-game production and technical services to American Media Productions, LLC (AMP), the arm of the Dodgers ownership that was created to launch the RSN.

Mark Walter, Chairman of the Los Angeles Dodgers, said, “We concluded last year that the best way to give our fans what they want - more content and more Dodger baseball - was to launch our own network. The creation of AMP will provide substantial financial resources over the coming years for the Dodgers to build on their storied legacy and bring a World Championship home to Los Angeles. Just as we are actively transforming the team and the stadium, we want the Dodgers to be exhibited on the very best sports network in the country - one that will provide an unrivaled fan experience.”

Todd Boehly, a principal owner of AMP, said, “We are greatly pleased that Time Warner Cable, the largest distributor in the marketplace, has come aboard to support the Dodgers and SportsNet LA as our charter distributor. Their presence in Los Angeles will be invaluable in helping us serve Dodger fans and our community with excellence.”

“We are delighted to support the Dodgers and their ownership group in their launch of SportsNet LA. The Dodgers have one of the most passionate and loyal audiences in sports, and we look forward to helping deliver this new network to their fans,” said David Rone, President of Time Warner Cable Sports. “This deal, like our Lakers’ deal, furthers our efforts to attain greater certainty and control over local and regional sports programming costs.”

“The launch of the new regional sports network is a historic development for the Dodgers and our passionate fans,” said Stan Kasten, CEO of the Los Angeles Dodgers. “Our commitment from day one has been to build the Dodgers into the best team possible, both on and off the field. Our fans deserve the best - the best players, the best baseball, and the best experience - whether that’s at the newly renovated Dodger Stadium or on television.”

“Our mission is to have the most fan-friendly sports programming, and we welcome ideas and suggestions from our Dodger Community. We look forward to sharing updates with fans in the coming months. In the meantime, we remain very excited about the upcoming 2013 season where we will be showcasing our incredible new roster and the many enhancements to Dodger Stadium, as well as continuing our commitment to broadcast excellence with our current partners Fox Sports and KCAL 9.”


Maury BrownMaury Brown is the Founder and President of the Business of Sports Network, which includes The Biz of Baseball, The Biz of Football, The Biz of Basketball and The Biz of Hockey. He writes for Baseball Prospectus and is a contributor to Forbes. He is available as a freelance writer. Brown's full bio is here. He looks forward to your comments via email and can be contacted through the Business of Sports Network (select his name in the dropdown provided).

Follow Maury Brown on Twitter Twitter

Follow The Biz of Baseball on TwitterTwitter

 
Dodgers Set to Announce $6-$7 Billion TV Deal on Thursday PDF Print E-mail
User Rating: / 67
PoorBest 
Written by Maury Brown   
Wednesday, 23 January 2013 20:57

On Thursday, the Los Angeles Dodgers and Time Warner Cable will announce a new television contract that will have the team starting its own channel. While terms will not be officially released, it has been known for some time that the Los Angeles NL club would pull in $6 billion to $7 billion making it by far the most lucrative local broadcast deal that has ever been reached in baseball.

What makes the deal even more amazing is that TWC had already inked a $4 billion broadcast deal that sees the Los Angeles Lakers at the heart of the programming. All told, TWC will be committing between $10-$11 billion to two Southern California franchises.

For the Dodgers, the effects are already being felt. While the club saw a 2012 end of year payroll of $129,080,186, ranking them 8th out of the 30 clubs, they have already planned to go into “Yankee territory” for 2013. In interviewing Dodgers President Stan Kasten at the Winter Meetings he said that there was “a good chance” that they would break the Luxury Tax threshold  adding, “We’re not done yet.”

What’s interesting is how revenue-sharing could possibly be capped, something that MLB was very concerned about when the Dodgers were looking at the deal prior. According to the LA Times, that issue opened the door for TWC:

The Dodgers’ current contract with Fox Sports expires after the 2013 season. The team had discussed a new deal with Fox last fall, worth at least $6 billion over 25 years. However, as MLB and the Dodgers debated how much of that money would have to be contributed to baseball’s revenue-sharing program, the Fox exclusive negotiating window expired, enabling Time Warner to initiate negotiations with the team.

Fox was believed to be willing to restructure its offer but was not believed to be willing to significantly raise the amount. The Time Warner Cable deal is believed to be worth between $6 billion and $7 billion.

What has been on the lips of many sports fans is, will deals like this rain down like money from heaven? The answer is, no. Los Angeles is the nation’s second-largest market. The Dodgers are a storied brand. Frank McCourt had depressed the potential of the club. The franchise was on the cusp of a new television deal. The new owners have exceptionally deep pockets and are doing everything to renovate not only Dodger Stadium but the roster, as well… it was a perfect storm for the largest deal in history to happen. Don’t expect it to occur again.


Maury BrownMaury Brown is the Founder and President of the Business of Sports Network, which includes The Biz of Baseball, The Biz of Football, The Biz of Basketball and The Biz of Hockey. He writes for Baseball Prospectus and is a contributor to Forbes. He is available as a freelance writer. Brown's full bio is here. He looks forward to your comments via email and can be contacted through the Business of Sports Network (select his name in the dropdown provided).

Follow Maury Brown on Twitter Twitter

Follow The Biz of Baseball on TwitterTwitter

 
News Corp Purchases 49% of YES Network with Option to Buy Majority Later PDF Print E-mail
User Rating: / 17
PoorBest 
Written by Maury Brown   
Tuesday, 20 November 2012 15:10

YES NetworkWhen market for media rights exploded, beginning with the Big Ten and then eventually making its way to MLB via the Texas Rangers and Angels (both $3 billion deals), questions surfaced asking, what would YES Network be worth? Today, that answer became closer to reach.

News Corporation (NASDAQ: NWS, NWSA; ASX: NWS, NWSLV) and Yankee Global Enterprises today announced an agreement that calls for News Corporation to acquire a 49 percent equity stake in the Yankees Entertainment and Sports Network (YES), which launched in 2002. Reports around the deal prior to the announcement set YES’ value at $3 billion. The YES Network delivers exclusive live local television coverage of New York Yankees baseball and Brooklyn Nets basketball, as well as sports-related programming.  

The media rights agreement is subject to Major League Baseball approval.  With News Corp saying that the investment is expected to close by the end of the calendar year.

“We've long been a believer in the unique appeal of sports entertainment. Partnering upstream with rights holders is even more important today in the dynamic media marketplace in which we compete.  This is a tremendous opportunity to enhance News Corporation’s industry-leading portfolio of sports properties, while also strategically re-entering the New York market,” said James Murdoch, Deputy Chief Operating Officer, News Corporation. “The YES Network represents the gold standard for regional sports networks and is a pioneer in sports media.  We look forward to working with Yankee Global Enterprises, the network’s management team, and all of our partners to build on a decade of success and take the YES Network to even greater heights.”

Hal Steinbrenner, Chairman of Yankee Global Enterprises, said, “This transaction underscores the great value we and our partners created in establishing the YES Network and sets the network on the path for even greater achievements in the future.  We are excited to have News Corporation as a partner.  Its stature and acumen in sports broadcasting on a global scale is unmatched.  We look forward to the many opportunities for growth and development that this investment by News Corporation will bring to YES.  The Steinbrenner family expects to have a continuing, long-term ownership stake in the YES Network and we will continue our yearly commitment of fielding a championship caliber team for decades to come.”

The announcement of the minority purchase of YES ties in with news that FOX, which is owned by News Corp, is looking to launch an all-sports network that would compete with ESPN. As first reported by Bloomberg, News Corp. last year secured rights to the Pac-12 Conference and Big-12 Conference games and owns 20 regional sports networks. The company in October won TV rights to soccer’s World Cup in 2018 and 2022. FOX Sports is also working to secure a mega-deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers which could eclipse any of the sports media deals that have been recently brokered in baseball.

For those wondering if Yankees games would become part of any FOX cable network to take on ESPN, think again. The YES Network also announced a media rights agreement that will keep Yankees baseball on the YES Network through 2042. 

But, while the agreement is to keep the Yankees on YES, there’s nothing to say that eventually News Corp could not eventually become a majority owner. According to today’s announcement after three years, News Corp may acquire an additional stake in the YES Network that could bring its ownership to 80 percent, at which time Yankee Global Enterprises would retain a significant minority stake in the network.

Currently, YES Network airs live Yankees and Nets games to approximately 9 million households in the teams’ television territory in the New York area. Outside of the New York area, the YES Network also distributes a variety of national programming to millions of homes across the country. 


Maury BrownMaury Brown is the Founder and President of the Business of Sports Network, which includes The Biz of Baseball, The Biz of Football, The Biz of Basketball and The Biz of Hockey. He writes for Baseball Prospectus and is a contributor to Forbes. He is available as a freelance writer. Brown's full bio is here. He looks forward to your comments via email and can be contacted through the Business of Sports Network (select his name in the dropdown provided).

Follow Maury Brown on Twitter Twitter

Follow The Biz of Baseball on TwitterTwitter

 
The 2012 World Series Broadcast Schedule PDF Print E-mail
User Rating: / 65
PoorBest 
Written by Maury Brown   
Monday, 22 October 2012 23:36

2012 World Series logo

The following is the national broadcast schedule for the 108th World Series between the American League Champion Detroit Tigers and the National League Champion San Francisco Giants.  FOX Sports will provide national coverage of the Fall Classic.  ESPN Radio will provide complete coverage of all World Series games.  MLB International, MLB Network, MLB.com and SiriusXM also will provide comprehensive World Series coverage.

Day

Date

Air Time/First Pitch (ET)

Game/ Site

Network

Wednesday

Oct. 24th

7:30/8:07 p.m.

Game 1 @ SF

FOX

Thursday

Oct. 25th

7:30/8:07 p.m.

Game 2 @ SF

FOX

Friday

Oct. 26th

OFF DAY

Saturday

Oct. 27th

7:30/8:07 p.m.

Game 3 @ DET

FOX

Sunday

Oct. 28th

8:00/8:15 p.m.

Game 4 @ DET

FOX

Monday

Oct. 29th

7:30/8:07 p.m.

Game 5 @ DET

FOX

Tuesday

Oct. 30th

OFF DAY

Wednesday

Oct. 31st

7:30/8:07 p.m.

Game 6 @ SF

FOX

Thursday

Nov. 1st

7:30/8:07 p.m.

Game 7 @ SF

FOX

Italics above indicate if necessary.

* Please note that the schedule above is tentative and subject to change based on postponed and/or suspended games.

Source: Major League Baseball


Maury BrownMaury Brown is the Founder and President of the Business of Sports Network, which includes The Biz of Baseball, The Biz of Football, The Biz of Basketball and The Biz of Hockey. He writes for Baseball Prospectus and is a contributor to Forbes. He is available as a freelance writer. Brown's full bio is here. He looks forward to your comments via email and can be contacted through the Business of Sports Network (select his name in the dropdown provided).

Follow Maury Brown on Twitter Twitter

Follow The Biz of Baseball on TwitterTwitter

 

 
With Yankees in the Mix, TBS Sees Ratings Increase for LCS Coverage Over 2011 PDF Print E-mail
User Rating: / 71
PoorBest 
Written by Maury Brown   
Friday, 19 October 2012 15:36

LCS

TBS reports today that the American League Championship Series (ALCS), between the Detroit Tigers and New York Yankees is up considerably over their postseason coverage from last season, but then, that should be expected. This year, TBS saw the Yankees, a ratings powerhouse nationally, along with the Tigers. The ALCS averaged 5,924,000 total viewers, an increase of 28 percent over last year’s average of 4,612,000 total viewers for the network’s coverage of the National League Championship Series (NLCS), but that included the St. Louis Cardinals and Milwaukee Brewers.  While strong baseball markets, and the Cardinals have exceptionally strong history, there was bound to be a bump in this year’s ALCS coverage. Still, a 28 percent increase is nothing to sneeze at. The network’s ALCS coverage averaged a 3.8 U.S. household rating, up 31 percent over an average 2.9 U.S. household rating for the NLCS last year.  

Additional ALCS highlights provided by TBS add some context in their favor in regards to when the games were played:

  • In 2012, TBS aired two ALCS games in primetime (Saturday’s Game 1 and Tuesday’s Game 3) and two afternoon telecasts (Sunday’s Game 2 and Thursday’s Game 4).
  • In primetime, the Yankees/Tigers games averaged a 4.1 U.S. household rating and 6.6 million total viewers.
  • The two afternoon telecasts averaged a 3.3 U.S. household rating and 5.2 million total viewers.
    In 2011, TBS aired five NLCS games in primetime and one contest during the day.

Yesterday afternoon’s ALCS Game 4 (4-7:48 p.m. ET) averaged a 3.5 U.S. household rating and 5,251,000 total viewers. Locally, the ALCS Game 4 telecast registered a 30.6 metered market rating in Detroit – the highest local rating for any market during the 2012 MLB Postseason on TBS – and an 8.7 metered market rating in New York.


Maury BrownMaury Brown is the Founder and President of the Business of Sports Network, which includes The Biz of Baseball, The Biz of Football, The Biz of Basketball and The Biz of Hockey. He writes for Baseball Prospectus and is a contributor to Forbes. He is available as a freelance writer. Brown's full bio is here. He looks forward to your comments via email and can be contacted through the Business of Sports Network (select his name in the dropdown provided).

Follow Maury Brown on Twitter Twitter

Follow The Biz of Baseball on TwitterTwitter

 
«StartPrev12345678910NextEnd»

Page 2 of 40
 
Banner

Poll

Should MLB Force Jeffery Loria to Sell the Marlins?