Walt Disney Co.’s Bob Iger may not have planned it, but his $71.3 billion deal for 21st Century Fox Inc.’s entertainment assets could be about to reshape sports and regional broadcasting in the U.S.
CEO Bob Iger says that Disney won’t have any trouble finding a buyer for the Fox sports channels. “The RSNs will be sold, and the process of selling them is actually already beginning. Conversations are starting, interest is being expressed. And it’s likely that we’ll negotiate a deal to sell them but the deal will not be fully executed or close until after the overall deal for 21st Century Fox closes.”
WASHINGTON (AP) — The long-running dispute between the Washington Nationals and Baltimore Orioles over television rights fees likely will be reheard by a committee of baseball executives this fall. A New York State Supreme Court justice in 2015 threw out a 2012 arbitration decision that said the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network owes the Nationals $298 million for the […]
Comcast Corp. is identifying potential buyers for 21st Century Fox’s regional sports networks in an attempt to ease antitrust concerns about a new bid to acquire most of Fox’s assets, people familiar with the matter say.
There will be no lineup of Orioles baseball games on WJZ or any other over-the-air Baltimore TV station this season, the CBS O&O and Orioles confirmed Tuesday. The end to a Baltimore TV tradition that dates to 1954, when the Orioles’ first home game was played on WMAR, is the result of a decision made by the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network, according to WJZ and the Orioles.
Kirkland, Wash.-based Wave Broadband has filed a claim with the FCC saying cable giant Comcast is unfairly trying to force Wave to provide higher-priced sports TV channels to customers who don’t want them.
FuboTV today announced a multi-year agreement with NESN (New England Sports Network), the exclusive regional home of the Boston Red Sox and the Boston Bruins. FuboTV will launch NESN in the coming days to subscribers of Fubo Premier, its base package of 65-plus live streaming TV channels. NESN, which is one of the most popular regional sports networks (RSNs) […]
NBC Sports Group is putting the NBC brand on each of its regional sports networks starting Oct. 2. The move follows the April decision to rename two of its California RSNs to NBC Sports Bay Area and NBC Sports California.
The TV ratings doldrums are hitting local baseball, with 18 of the 29 U.S.-based MLB teams showing ratings declines so far this season. The poor numbers fly in the face of the “Trump Effect” theory, which suggested that the over-heated presidential race last summer led to higher TV ratings for news networks and lower ones for sports. By the end of last season, 15 of the U.S.-based clubs showed local rating increases; 14 were down.
Regional sports TV networks maintain their popularity with advertisers — and viewers. Heading into the new Major League Baseball season, Kannan Venkateshwar, media analyst of Barclays Research, says advertising sellout levels were at 80% prior to opening day. The cost per thousand viewers was up 6% versus a year ago.
James Dolan’s MSG Networks is sounding out suitors, several sources say. The regional sports network, which has the TV rights for the Knicks, Rangers, Devils, Islanders and other sports teams, collects roughly $5 per subscriber per month — among the highest in the country, according to SNL Kagan. The sales process is believed to be rather young and there is no guarantee a deal will be made.
Comcast this morning returned the YES Network to its lineup in three states, some 16 months after it was pulled due to a fee fight between the companies. YES airs games from the New York Yankees and the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets, Its return comes just three days before the opening of the 2017 Major League Baseball season.
The U.S. Department of Justice filed court papers on Thursday indicating that it has reached a deal with AT&T and DirecTV to resolve an antitrust lawsuit that accused the companies of sharing information during negotiations to carry SportsNet LA, the regional sports network holding the exclusive rights to telecast live Los Angeles Dodgers games in the L.A. area. The proposed deal contemplates future restrictions on what MVPDs are allowed to exchange with each other.
NEW YORK (AP) — An appeals court hearing in the long-running television dispute between the Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals has been rescheduled for March 31. The Appellate Division of New York Supreme Court in Manhattan had been scheduled to hear arguments Tuesday, but the hearing was postponed because of snow. New York Supreme Court […]
Sling TV, the live streaming service owned by Dish, said today that it will add four NBC-CSN regional sports channels on April 2, in time for the 2017 Major League Baseball season. The channels are CSN California, CSN Bay Area, CSN Chicago and CSN Mid-Atlantic
Walter Cade is tasked with managing revenue across the NBC regional sports networks as well as working with the NBC and Telemundo stations on multi-market and individual cross-platform sales.
For the fourth consecutive year, the Dodgers’ television broadcasts could go unseen by a majority of fans in the Los Angeles area. Charter Communications said Monday it does not anticipate reaching agreements with DirecTV or any other cable or satellite provider to carry the Dodgers-owned SportsNet LA channel by the time the regular season starts April 3.
MoffettNathanson recently held its Sports Summit featuring league officials, network executives, ad buyers, programmers and sports experts. While the consensus from the forum was that sports viewership and advertising isn’t under any near-term threat, affiliate fees could be in trouble.
The U.S. Justice Department on Wednesday took the extraordinary step of suing AT&T, alleging that its DirecTV unit orchestrated an illegal campaign to block wide carriage of SportsNet LA, the regional sports channel owned by the Los Angeles Dodgers.