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May 19, 1993 | STEVEN HERBERT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Prime Ticket regional cable sports network said Tuesday it will launch a similar sports venture for Spanish-speaking viewers in late October. Soccer will be a programming staple of La Cadena Deportiva, which has already acquired rights to 300 games, mainly from South and Central America, and plans to show about 150 of them.
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January 24, 2014 | By Meg James
Regional sports networks continue to be the hottest ticket in media. 21st Century Fox said Friday that it was taking a majority stake in the New York Yankees Entertainment and Sports Network, known as the YES Network, a little more than a year after Fox first invested in the popular regional sports channel. Fox said it would increase its stake to 80%, up from the 49% interest it bought in December 2012. Fox declined to say how much it was paying for its increased interest.
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SPORTS
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
BUSINESS
July 26, 2000 | From Bloomberg News
Fox Entertainment Group Inc. sued to block Comcast Corp. from buying Viacom Inc.'s two-thirds stake in Home Team Sports, a cable television sports network one-third owned by Fox. Fox said it was improperly excluded from secret negotiations between Comcast and Viacom. The suit against Viacom, the world's No. 3 media company, and Comcast, the third-largest U.S. cable TV provider, was filed in Delaware Chancery Court in Wilmington.
BUSINESS
November 1, 1995 | SALLIE HOFMEISTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The global sports programming venture formed Tuesday by News Corp. and Tele-Communications Inc. will have to spend heavily for several years before it can even begin to make a dent in the formidable sports cable franchise established by ESPN, industry executives and analysts said. But few underestimate the will and spending power of News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch and TCI chief John Malone. Under the agreement announced Tuesday, Fox Broadcasting Co.
BUSINESS
April 27, 2000 | SALLIE HOFMEISTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When News Corp. cobbled together the nation's major regional sports channels under one banner in 1997, the company heralded the new entity as the first serious challenge to ESPN. News Corp. vowed to go after the cable juggernaut's huge national audience and advertising revenues. But News Corp. has failed to dent ESPN's stronghold. The Walt Disney Co.-owned sports network remains the most profitable network in the world.
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.
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August 24, 2013 | By Joe Flint
ESPN has severed ties with a hard-hitting PBS "Frontline" documentary about the National Football League's management of player head injuries - a two-hour show that was a collaboration between the sports giant and the public television network. The decision raises questions about whether the sports network yielded to pressure from the NFL, and highlights the delicate balance it must maintain with its billion-dollar partner. ESPN asked Thursday to have its logos and credit removed from the "Frontline" episode, which includes interviews with former NFL players and is not expected to portray the league in a flattering light.
SPORTS
September 5, 2004 | From Associated Press
Happy birthday, ESPN. You've come a long way, baby. On Sept. 7, the all-sports-all-the-time network will be 25 years old, and it turns the milestone with a mainstream reputation that is miles removed from its offbeat roots. ESPN specialized in the obscure for much of its programming in 1979, when it went on the air, a bold experiment that changed the viewing habits of a nation. In those early days, the network operated on the periphery of sports, a site for some strange stuff.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 19, 2013 | By Joe Flint
Fox Sports has promoted Jeff Krolik to president of its regional networks unit. Krolik, who had served as executive vice president of Fox Sports Regional Networks, will oversee 22 regional sports networks including Prime Ticket and Fox Sports West in Los Angeles. He also will be responsible for Fox Deportes, a Spanish-language network. The promotion of Krolik comes in the wake of the departure of Fox Sports co-President Randy Freers , who last month became president and chief operating officer of the Fox Networks Group, the 21st Century unit that houses the media giant's broadcast and cable properties.  Krolik, who reports to Fox Sports President Eric Shanks, joined the company in 2007.
SPORTS
October 1, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
For those clamoring for more rugby on television, your wish has been granted. USA Rugby has announced a broadcasting partnership with FOX Sports for the upcoming men's Eagles match against the New Zealand Maori All Blacks Nov. 9 at PPL Park in Philadelphia. The inaugural Black and Blue Match, presented by USA Rugby and New Zealand Rugby Union sponsor AIG, will kick off at 4 p.m. PST Nov. 9, with the broadcast to be aired on FOX Sports 1 Nov. 10 at 9 a.m. “USA Rugby is very excited about FOX Sports 1 airing the match from Philadelphia,” USA Rugby Chief Commercial Officer Jon Persch said.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 26, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
NBC Sports Network is facing a flurry of criticism over an episode of the outdoor sports program "Under Wild Skies" in which a National Rifle Assn. strategist shoots and kills an African elephant. In the episode, which aired Sunday night (a highlight reel is posted above), host Tony Makris and a guide stalk an elephant in the Okavango Delta of Botswana -- "a mecca for elephant hunting," according to a narrator. Makris boasts of his "positively lethal" rifle and the .577 ammunition ("made to kill ivory")
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August 24, 2013 | By Joe Flint
ESPN has severed ties with a hard-hitting PBS "Frontline" documentary about the National Football League's management of player head injuries - a two-hour show that was a collaboration between the sports giant and the public television network. The decision raises questions about whether the sports network yielded to pressure from the NFL, and highlights the delicate balance it must maintain with its billion-dollar partner. ESPN asked Thursday to have its logos and credit removed from the "Frontline" episode, which includes interviews with former NFL players and is not expected to portray the league in a flattering light.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 14, 2013 | By Joe Flint
News Corp.'s Fox Sports will launch not one, but two new national sports cable channels in August, according to people familiar with the plan. In March, Fox Sports said it would debut Fox Sports 1 on Aug. 17. At the time, the company downplayed talk that it had plans for a second national service -- Fox Sports 2 -- as well. But now insiders say Fox Sports 2 will launch around the same time and perhaps even the same day as Fox Sports 1. The new channel will take the place of Fuel TV, a News Corp.-owned network that currently carries a heavy load of Ultimate Fighting Championship programming.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 5, 2013 | By Joe Flint
Scheduling the month of October is going to get a lot easier for the folks at Fox. For years, Fox has had to uproot its October schedule because of postseason baseball. That often meant shows that premiered in September suddenly went missing for a few weeks because of playoffs and the World Series. Although baseball is a good promotional platform, it could also be a momentum killer for a new show trying to build an audience. But starting in 2014, Fox's baseball headaches will be greatly reduced.
SPORTS
October 6, 2011 | By Sam Farmer
A country boy can survive. But not in this case. ESPN has pulled the plug on the longtime "Monday Night Football" theme song after singer Hank Williams Jr. used an analogy that included Adolf Hitler and President Obama to make a political point on Fox News. No longer will "All My Rowdy Friends" be used as the introduction to the game. "We have decided to part ways with Hank Williams Jr.," ESPN said Thursday in a statement. "We appreciate his contributions over the past years.
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 22, 2013 | By Joe Flint
With Time Warner Cable putting the finishing touches on a new partnership with the Los Angeles Dodgers, the next question is what will happen to the team's current TV home, News Corp.'s Prime Ticket. Besides the Dodgers, Prime Ticket also has rights to the red-hot Clippers basketball franchise and Ducks hockey team. Its other Los Angeles sports channel -- Fox Sports West -- carries the Angels and Stanley Cup Champion Kings A Fox insider said there are no plans to consolidate Prime Ticket and Fox Sports West into one channel.
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