August 23, 1997 |
The Mighty Ducks games will continue to be broadcast on the Fox Sports West 2 through the 1997-98 season, under a settlement of four lawsuits announced Friday. The Walt Disney Co., which owns the Ducks, sued Fox when it switched the games from Fox Sports West to the fledgling cable channel. At the time, no Orange County cable company carried the new channel, and many Ducks fans were enraged.
July 13, 1999 |
A dispute that took Dodger telecasts off Fox Sports West 2 in cable television households in the Los Angeles area served by Media One has been settled. After negotiations that began Friday and continued through the weekend, an accord was reached. The dispute also threatened to take Angel telecasts off Fox Sports West in Media One homes beginning Aug. 3, but that has also been settled. "We're happy to have this resolved," said Fox Sports West spokesman Steve Webster.
July 14, 1998 |
The Fox Group scored a major victory over Disney in their battle for sports supremacy in Southern California, as Disney has scrapped plans to launch ESPN West. It was announced Monday that the Disney-owned Angels and Mighty Ducks have entered into a 10-year television agreement with Fox Sports West and Fox Sports West 2 and that agreement signals a retreat for Disney in its effort to expand into the regional sports network business, a Fox domain.
July 15, 1998 |
When the Angels return to Edison Field tonight, an advertising panel will be missing in right field. No longer will fans--and television viewers--see a sign promising, "ESPN West: Coming Fall 1998." ESPN West isn't coming, not this fall and probably never. Despite Monday's announcement that Disney's Angels and Mighty Ducks would play on the cable network owned by rival Fox and not on Disney's proposed ESPN West, Fox isn't the only winner. Disney wins--the cash registers ring again.
August 29, 1997 |
Every student of Economics 101 knows that competition drives down prices. But that's not so in the perverse world of cable sports, where new bidders are driving up the cost of rights because of the limited pool of desirable games. Rupert Murdoch's plan to compete head to head against the powerful ESPN sports empire by linking together an assembly of regional channels is perhaps the clearest case in point. Cable operators say his News Corp.'
August 3, 2005 |
Television reporter Carolyn Hughes, co-host of the Dodger pregame and postgame shows on FSN West 2, has been off the air for about two weeks as FSN executives investigate her relationship with Dodger Derek Lowe. Trinka Lowe, the Dodger pitcher's wife of seven years, alleged an improper relationship between her husband and Hughes in phone messages left for FSN executives.