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December 28, 2012 | By Joe Flint
News Corp.'s Fox Sports Media Group has added to its growing portfolio of regional sports networks. On Friday, Fox Sports said it has acquired SportsTime Ohio, a Cleveland-based channel owned by Larry Dolan, who also owns the Indians baseball team. As part of the deal, Fox Sports has also signed a long-term agreement to carry Indians baseball. Terms for the sale were not disclosed but Sports Business Journal put the price tag in the $250 million range. Fox already has a strong presence in the Buckeye state with its Fox Sports Ohio channel, which has more than 5 million subscribers.
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March 5, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
On Sunday, Fox's shiny new "Cosmos" series, executive produced by Seth MacFarlane, will roll out on the Fox network as well as several Fox-owned cable channels, including FX, FXX, Fox Sports and National Geographic Channel. But before viewers settle in for the souped-up 13-episode revamp, they can revisit Carl Sagan and his original 1980 series "Cosmos: A Personal Voyage. " All 13 episodes of the original series, which first aired on PBS back in 1980, will be rerun on Nat Geo beginning Saturday.
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September 4, 2012 | By Joe Flint
U SC students and alumni weren't the only ones singing "Fight On" last Saturday. Fox executive Dan Shell was also screaming his lungs out at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum as the Trojans trounced Hawaii, 49-10, albeit for slightly different reasons. Shell is in charge of selling sponsorships for USC's athletic programs. But while Shell's title is vice president and general manager of USC Sports Properties, his checks come from Fox Sports . He is part of a new unit there that as of this year is handling sponsorship sales for USC Athletics.
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January 31, 2014 | By Jessica Gelt
Sunday is the big game and everybody is getting in on the action, even the Simpsons. "I'm so excited to be contractually obligated to introduce America's favorite family," says an animated Zooey Deschanel in a new online clip that features creator Matt Groening's beloved creations. In the clip, the Simpsons pay a visit to Fox Sports in Times Square and sing a little Super Bowl jingle in which Homer laments that beer during the big event costs $18. Homer also manages to insult the Fox network; we can't say how, you'll have to watch and find out for yourself.
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March 5, 2013 | By Joe Flint
In the latest sign of how valuable the media industry considers sports programming, News Corp. on Tuesday unveiled plans for Fox Sports 1, a new national cable channel it hopes will eventually challenge Walt Disney Co.'s ESPN empire. Scheduled to launch in mid-August in almost 90 million homes, the channel's initial lineup is to include NASCAR, college football and basketball, ultimate fighting and soccer. Next year, Fox Sports 1 is to add regular-season and postseason Major League Baseball to its lineup.
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January 31, 2014 | By Joe Flint
Musical sports highlights may become the next big thing online. AVbyte, a YouTube Channel headed by brothers Vijay and Antonius Nazareth, won a contest held by Fox Sports, YouTube and Ford to develop a new online show. The entry featured two sports anchors singing highlights. Musical numbers are what AVbyte specializes in on its channel .  AVbyte will get a six-month development deal with Fox Sports and a promotional package across Fox Sports' media channels that is valued at $1 million.
SPORTS
November 25, 2012 | By Bill Shaikin
Fox Sports could pay at least $6 billion to retain the Dodgers' television rights, three parties familiar with the negotiations said Sunday. The deal could be worth three times what the Dodgers' new owners paid for the team and almost 20 times the value of the Dodgers' current television contract. The deal is not done, the parties said, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the ongoing negotiations. If the two sides do not strike a deal by Friday, the Dodgers would have until the following Friday to present Fox with a final offer, according to the team's current contract.
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August 15, 2013
Writers from around Tribune Co. discuss whether the new all-sports channel Fox Sports 1 will succeed. Join the conversation by voting in the poll and leaving a comment of your own. Don Amore, Hartford Courant It may be a very long day, but at the end of it Fox Sports 1 will survive and succeed. It will succeed because like its foil, ESPN, it has the brand strength, resources and patience to stick it out. We live in a sports and business landscape in which new ventures spring up every day -- new sports, new leagues, new media.
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August 14, 2013 | By Joe Flint
Fox Sports 1 has struck agreements with three major distributors that will ensure that the new cable network will be available in the majority of pay-TV homes when the network launches this Saturday, people familiar with the matter said. The three carriers -- satellite broadcasters DirecTV and Dish and cable operator Time Warner Cable -- all have agreed to carry Fox Sports 1 when it launches. Those three distributors combined reach over 40 million homes. A Time Warner Cable spokeswoman said it would have the channel on its systems when it launches.
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January 21, 2014 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before getting my power steering fixed. The Skinny: Welcome back everyone who had a long weekend. Hope you got some rest. I watched the season premiere of Fox's "The Following. " Although it was well made I'm not sure if I can get on this ride again, but I will check out Episode 2 before making a final decision. Tuesday's headlines include the weekend box office recap. Also, is Netflix stock trading at an unrealistically high level? Daily Dose: If the NFL does move ahead with a new Thursday package of games, it may very well end up on a broadcast network.
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January 31, 2014 | By Joe Flint
Musical sports highlights may become the next big thing online. AVbyte, a YouTube Channel headed by brothers Vijay and Antonius Nazareth, won a contest held by Fox Sports, YouTube and Ford to develop a new online show. The entry featured two sports anchors singing highlights. Musical numbers are what AVbyte specializes in on its channel .  AVbyte will get a six-month development deal with Fox Sports and a promotional package across Fox Sports' media channels that is valued at $1 million.
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January 24, 2014 | By Meg James
Will they be chanting "Omaha, Omaha" in Nicosia? Fox International Channels plans to air Super Bowl XLVIII, between the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks, live on its Fox Sports and Fox television channels in the Netherlands, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Bulgaria, Serbia, Slovenia, Croatia and Cyprus. This year marks the first time that Fox will present a live broadcast of the Super Bowl in Europe with its U.S. feed, featuring play-by-play announcer Joe Buck and former NFL quarterback and sports analyst Troy Aikman.
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January 21, 2014 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before getting my power steering fixed. The Skinny: Welcome back everyone who had a long weekend. Hope you got some rest. I watched the season premiere of Fox's "The Following. " Although it was well made I'm not sure if I can get on this ride again, but I will check out Episode 2 before making a final decision. Tuesday's headlines include the weekend box office recap. Also, is Netflix stock trading at an unrealistically high level? Daily Dose: If the NFL does move ahead with a new Thursday package of games, it may very well end up on a broadcast network.
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January 15, 2014 | By Joe Flint
The NFL is finally putting into motion its plan to create another television package. The league is asking for proposals from interested networks for a new Thursday night package of games. Currently, the NFL Network carries 13 Thursday games. One of the scenarios being considered is to take eight games away from the NFL Network to create the new package.  The NFL has made no secret about its interest in pursuing this. In an interview with the Los Angeles Times   last October, NFL executive Steve Bornstein said, “We constantly think about how to reformulate our packages to maximize them," in response to a question about adding another network to the league's mix. While the NFL wants to create another revenue stream, it can't strip the NFL Network of all its Thursday games.
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January 13, 2014 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before hearing Fox explain how it fixed "American Idol. " The Skinny: I know, we're all tired from the Golden Globes. Yes, I saw Bono too, but I had more fun talking to John Leguizamo about "Carlito's Way. " I'm on five hours' sleep and now have to go head out to Pasadena to cover Fox's day at the TV critics press tour. It's a rough life. Monday's headlines include Golden Globe recaps, a report on the weekend box office and the latest on the fight between DirecTV and the Weather Channel.
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December 6, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Fox Sports West/Prime Ticket has reached agreement with the Southern Section on a "long-term agreement" for web and television coverage. The new contract begins in 2014. Fox Sports West and Prime Ticket have been televising games since 1997 when it began a local game of the week. The contract is for six years, according to a source who was not authorized to speak publicly about the agreement. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
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August 20, 2012 | By Joe Flint
If Michael Strahan lands the coveted gig sitting next to Kelly Ripa every morning permanently, it doesn't necessarily mean he'll give up his duties at Fox Sports. Strahan is in the running for the job of co-host of the morning talk show "Live!" While it is a daily gig that requires getting up awfully early and being super perky, Strahan is expected to keep working at Fox as one of the hosts of its popular NFL pregame program "Fox NFL Sunday" should he land the job. Doing double duty is nothing new for Strahan.
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December 3, 2013 | By Joe Flint
Finding a closer to replace Mariano Rivera isn't the only headache the Yankees face this off-season. The team's YES Network, which carries most of its games, will soon need a new distribution deal with Time Warner Cable, the biggest pay-TV operator in the New York City area. On the Time Warner Cable website, YES is listed as a network whose contract is "about to expire. " Although the site does not give a date, people familiar with the matter said the contract expires in January.
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November 26, 2013 | By Joe Flint
If Time Warner Cable is sold, its new owner is also likely to inherit some pretty expensive sports deals. Besides owning cable systems that have more than 11 million subscribers, Time Warner Cable owns two regional sports networks in Los Angeles and is preparing to launch a third next year. It also owns a piece of a sports channel in New York City and has an Ohio outlet as well. But it is the Los Angeles outlets that are the big-ticket items. SportsNet and Deportes, launched last year, are home to the Lakers.
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