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May 17, 1992 | JOHN NELSON, ASSOCIATED PRESS
So, you don't dig Gopher hockey? A lot of Midwest Sports Channel's 635,000 subscribers do. The Orlando Magic gives you the TV yips? Not if you're one of the 3.08 million subscribers to the Sunshine Network. And if you happen to be among Home Sports Entertainment's 3 million faithful, even the Houston Astros can't cure your insomnia. The nation's 28 regional sports networks are cashing in on America's home-team phenomenon, pulling in advertising dollars at a dazzling rate.
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ENTERTAINMENT
February 6, 2013 | By Meg James
News Corp. continues to bet big on sports. Rupert Murdoch's media company is planning a new national 24-hour Fox Sports cable channel and has been adding regional sports networks to its portfolio. But a top company executive conceded Wednesday that the TV sports landscape is becoming increasingly tricky -- and expensive. “We believe we are making the right decisions in navigating this invaluable yet complicated business,” News Corp.'s chief operating officer, Chase Carey, told analysts during a call to discuss the company's earnings.
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BUSINESS
April 1, 1999 | SALLIE HOFMEISTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Underscoring his goal of dominating world sports entertainment, Rupert Murdoch has agreed to take control of a group of regional cable TV networks and an expanded stake in two New York professional sports teams by buying out his sports partner, cable maverick John Malone. Sources said Wednesday that the two media moguls have agreed to a deal under which Malone's Liberty Media Corp. would sell Murdoch's News Corp. its 50% interest in their sports partnership.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 6, 2013 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before seeing how 'Smash' did in the ratings. The Skinny: I tried to get back into "Smash" last night but they lost me for good with the "Would I Lie to You" number. "Smash" makes me appreciate "Nashville" all the more. Wednesday's headlines include Fox looking to get an early jump on next year's Super Bowl, CBS talks on the record about Joe Flacco's swearing and why they don't want to put a delay on live sports and Liberty Media buys British pay-TV operator Virgin Media.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 10, 2012 | By Joe Flint
This post has been updated -- see below for details. Satellite broadcaster DirecTV has quietly added a surcharge to some customers for sports channels separately on several of its most popular programming packages. New DirecTV subscribers who live in areas where there are more than one regional sports network (Los Angeles has four -- News Corp.'s Prime Ticket and Fox Sports West and Time Warner Cable's SportsNet and Deportes) and want those channels are being asked to pay a monthly surcharge of $3. That fee is on top of whatever portion of the costs of the channels DirecTV passes on to its customers.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 6, 2013 | By Meg James
News Corp. continues to bet big on sports. Rupert Murdoch's media company is planning a new national 24-hour Fox Sports cable channel and has been adding regional sports networks to its portfolio. But a top company executive conceded Wednesday that the TV sports landscape is becoming increasingly tricky -- and expensive. “We believe we are making the right decisions in navigating this invaluable yet complicated business,” News Corp.'s chief operating officer, Chase Carey, told analysts during a call to discuss the company's earnings.
SPORTS
December 11, 1997 | LARRY STEWART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The war has officially begun. ESPN, a national sports network, announced Wednesday that it is entering Fox's domain with the creation of a new Southern California regional sports network to be called ESPN West. It will be the first of what ESPN and its parent company, Disney, hope is a number of regional sports networks to combat the Fox Sports Net, a group of regional sports networks, including Fox Sports West and Fox Sports West 2, that reach 58 million homes.
BUSINESS
October 31, 1995 | SALLIE HOFMEISTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Fox Broadcasting Co. and Tele-Communications Inc. are expected this week to announce a joint venture to create a national sports cable network that will compete against the successful ESPN, people close to the negotiations said Monday. As part of the agreement, Fox could take a substantial equity stake in Liberty Media, TCI's programming arm, which has interests in about 15 regional sports networks. Both Fox and TCI are eager to capitalize on one of the fastest-growing businesses in cable.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 7, 2012 | By Joe Flint
It looks like the Dodgers are checking out another pitcher. After negotiating exclusively with Fox Sports on a new TV deal to keep the team on its Prime Ticket network, the Dodgers have taken a meeting with Time Warner Cable, which wants the team on its SportsNet and Deportes channels. The news was first reported Thursday night by Los Angeles Times Dodger beat writer Bill Shaikin. Fox Sports is still seen as the likely favorite to land the team. Not only does it already have a long relationship with the Dodgers, it is offering more than $6 billion for a 25-year deal.
NEWS
November 20, 2012 | By Meg James
News Corp. has acquired a 49% stake in YES, the Yankees Entertainment and Sports Network, and extended a TV rights deal that will keep the Bronx Bombers' baseball games on the network through 2042. Financial details of the deal announced Tuesday were not disclosed. YES has been valued at around $3 billion, although News Corp. would have paid less than $1.5 billion for its stake if assumption of the operation's debt was involved in the transaction. The regional sports network provides local television coverage of New York Yankees baseball and Brooklyn Nets basketball.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 23, 2013 | By Joe Flint
To most TV viewers, cable networks are programming outlets. To their owners, however, channels are real estate to be held onto regardless of what the tenants have done to the property. That's the case with the Fox Soccer Channel. News Corp.'s Fox is considering turning the channel into an entertainment network similar to the company's FX channel. The names being kicked around include FX2 and FXX. There are several reasons Fox is thinking about rebranding the channel, which is currently in nearly 50 million homes.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 21, 2013 | By Joe Flint
Get ready, Angelenos, another regional sports network may be headed your way! Time Warner Cable is in advanced talks with the Dodgers for a deal involving the storied franchise's television rights. According to the Los Angeles Times, Time Warner Cable is prepared to pay upward of $7 billion for the right to be in business with the Dodgers for the foreseeable future. A contract could be announced as early as later this week. This would be the biggest local sports contract in television history.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 10, 2012 | By Joe Flint
This post has been updated -- see below for details. Satellite broadcaster DirecTV has quietly added a surcharge to some customers for sports channels separately on several of its most popular programming packages. New DirecTV subscribers who live in areas where there are more than one regional sports network (Los Angeles has four -- News Corp.'s Prime Ticket and Fox Sports West and Time Warner Cable's SportsNet and Deportes) and want those channels are being asked to pay a monthly surcharge of $3. That fee is on top of whatever portion of the costs of the channels DirecTV passes on to its customers.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 7, 2012 | By Joe Flint
It looks like the Dodgers are checking out another pitcher. After negotiating exclusively with Fox Sports on a new TV deal to keep the team on its Prime Ticket network, the Dodgers have taken a meeting with Time Warner Cable, which wants the team on its SportsNet and Deportes channels. The news was first reported Thursday night by Los Angeles Times Dodger beat writer Bill Shaikin. Fox Sports is still seen as the likely favorite to land the team. Not only does it already have a long relationship with the Dodgers, it is offering more than $6 billion for a 25-year deal.
NEWS
November 20, 2012 | By Meg James
News Corp. has acquired a 49% stake in YES, the Yankees Entertainment and Sports Network, and extended a TV rights deal that will keep the Bronx Bombers' baseball games on the network through 2042. Financial details of the deal announced Tuesday were not disclosed. YES has been valued at around $3 billion, although News Corp. would have paid less than $1.5 billion for its stake if assumption of the operation's debt was involved in the transaction. The regional sports network provides local television coverage of New York Yankees baseball and Brooklyn Nets basketball.
SPORTS
November 15, 2012 | Chris Erskine
You turn here for mostly useless information, and I hate to disappoint, but here's a silver lining to this whole cable TV mess: If you're still among the 850,000 customers missing out on Lakers games, there are deals to be had in the standoff with Time Warner Cable. So let Dish Network make its noble last stand - the NBA season doesn't really start till Christmas Day anyway. An extra $3.95 a month doesn't seem like much to you, but to me that's Thanksgiving dinner. Time Warner Cable insists the consumer cost is mostly an accounting shift.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 6, 2013 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before seeing how 'Smash' did in the ratings. The Skinny: I tried to get back into "Smash" last night but they lost me for good with the "Would I Lie to You" number. "Smash" makes me appreciate "Nashville" all the more. Wednesday's headlines include Fox looking to get an early jump on next year's Super Bowl, CBS talks on the record about Joe Flacco's swearing and why they don't want to put a delay on live sports and Liberty Media buys British pay-TV operator Virgin Media.
SPORTS
December 8, 2011 | By Bill Shaikin
Reporting from Wilmington, Del. — The Dodgers' contract with Fox Sports restricts the team's ability to launch a regional sports network even after the contract expires, two people familiar with the agreement said Wednesday. Fox and the Dodgers faced off in U.S. Bankruptcy Court on Wednesday over whether the team could hold an accelerated sale of television rights. The hearing is scheduled to conclude Thursday. Fox is asking the court to enforce its contract as is, most notably a provision that forbids the Dodgers from negotiating with another media outlet for another year.
SPORTS
October 30, 2011 | By Bill Shaikin
The headlines in the Dodgers' bankruptcy case can give the appearance of a boxing match. It's Frank McCourt vs. Bud Selig — and let's get ready to rumble. Yet the McCourt adversary with the most at stake might not be Selig, the baseball commissioner who is fighting a challenge to his authority. Fox Sports has lined up with Selig and sued the Dodgers, defending against what media analysts say could be the possible extinction of one of its two Southern California regional sports networks.
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