New remote production techniques, distributed workflows and onsite safety protocols have dramatically reshaped sports production. As COVID-19 continues to be a threat, sports producers can expect less travel, trucks staying in place and a slowdown of UHD production until the crisis abates.
Tennis Channel will introduce a daily, three-hour edition of Tennis Channel Live while the professional tennis tours are on hiatus due to the worldwide coronavirus containment effort. Beginning, Monday, March 23, at noon ET, the show will serve as a central tennis news and conversation platform with updates from the sport’s leaders, social media interaction with players […]
The multi-year agreement also provides for carriage of Sinclair-owned Tennis Channel.
Under a comprehensive contract, the streaming service will carry Sinclair’s ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox affiliates within their markets. The deal also includes carriage of the Tennis Channel and possibly later CW and MNT affiliates and the Comet TV diginet. Terms were not disclosed.
Tennis Channel has appointed longtime sports and entertainment marketing executive Steve Disson to the newly created position of head of new business development, sponsorships. He will be based in Washington, D.C., and the network’s New York office, and report directly to Allison Bodenmann, senior vice president, head of ad sales. Disson will also work closely […]
The ratings service says that under a new deal it will now be providing national as well as local ratings to the Sinclair-owned cable network. “By expanding our relationship with Nielsen…we’ll now have a complete view of our audience,” said Tennis Channel researcher Steve Badeau.
The programming service devoted to tennis and similar pastimes using a racquet was available to 37 million subscribers when Sinclair Broadcast Group assumed ownership on March 1. As the rare network devoted to one sport or group of sports managed by a top owner of TV stations — Sinclair being the biggest station owner nationwide — Tennis Channel will end 2016 with around 50 million subscribers and expects to reach 60 million or more next summer, on or near par with the rest of its single-sport rivals.
Sinclair Broadcast Group said today that it closed on its previously announced acquisition of the stock of Tennis Channel for $350 million. The acquisition was funded through cash on hand and a draw on the company’s revolving line of credit.
The purchase price is partially offset by the network’s $200 million in net operating losses, which Sinclair will be able to carry forward to its taxes and save it around $65 million. Sinclair has lined up deals with MVPDs to increase the channel’s coverage from 30 million to 50 million homes. The channel’s CEO, Ken Solomon, is staying on.
The station group has had talks with the private equity groups that control the cable network with a 35-million home reach, according to the financial paper. Sources peg the price at more than $500 million.
The U.S. Court of Appeals in DC just shot down the FCC’s ruling last year that would have required Comcast to take Tennis Channel off of an extra-fee sports tier so it could compete more equally with the cable giant’s Golf Channel and NBC Sports Network.
The FCC upheld a judge’s ruling against Comcast, saying the cable giant discriminated against the Tennis Channel by putting it in a less-advantageous tier of service compared to Comcast’s own sports channels.
The niche cable network could be on the block by the end of the year if regulators agree to hand it another 20 million households, sources close to the matter say. A positive decision in the matter, pending before the FCC, would lift the Tennis Channel’s distribution from 34 million homes to more than 50 million — boosting its value and tilting its owners’ minds toward a sale, these sources say.
The FCC’s Enforcement Bureau is recommending that cable giant Comcast Corp. be sanctioned for unfairly using its market muscle to squeeze the small independent Tennis Channel.