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October 14, 1992 | From Staff and Wire Reports
The Appellate Division of New York State Supreme Court ruled that SportsChannel America could not enjoin the NHL from broadcasting its games over the ESPN cable television network. SportsChannel America had broadcast NHL games for the last four years.
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BUSINESS
January 7, 1993 | JOHN LIPPMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The owners of two regional, cable TV sports channels have merged their operations in a bid to compete against industry heavyweight ESPN. NBC and Cablevision Systems Corp., owners of SportsChannel America, and Liberty Media Corp., principal owner of Prime Network, will form Prime SportsChannels Networks to operate the two channels. SportsChannel America will convert into an all-sports news service, while Prime Network will carry events such as collegiate sports, tennis and auto racing.
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SPORTS
September 4, 1992 | From Staff and Wire Reports
SportsChannel America sued the NHL in an attempt to overturn the league's new five-year television contract with ESPN. A hearing is set for Sept. 9.
SPORTS
October 14, 1992 | From Staff and Wire Reports
The Appellate Division of New York State Supreme Court ruled that SportsChannel America could not enjoin the NHL from broadcasting its games over the ESPN cable television network. SportsChannel America had broadcast NHL games for the last four years.
SPORTS
September 12, 1992
SportsChannel America was denied a preliminary injunction that would have allowed it to bid on the same television deal the NHL struck with ESPN last week.
BUSINESS
January 7, 1993 | JOHN LIPPMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The owners of two regional, cable TV sports channels have merged their operations in a bid to compete against industry heavyweight ESPN. NBC and Cablevision Systems Corp., owners of SportsChannel America, and Liberty Media Corp., principal owner of Prime Network, will form Prime SportsChannels Networks to operate the two channels. SportsChannel America will convert into an all-sports news service, while Prime Network will carry events such as collegiate sports, tennis and auto racing.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 24, 1988 | STEVE WEINSTEIN
First came the addition of sports--Dodger games, Angel games, Clipper games, even Loyola Marymount games. Now, in another jolt for its serious movie-buff subscribers, the Z Channel has discontinued its quirky and informative monthly program guide. This month's edition of the nearly 15-year-old Z Magazine will be the last--a victim of cost considerations. But that may not be the worst of it for devotees of the Z Channel's eclectic mix of movies old and new.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 6, 1989 | STEVE WEINSTEIN
Negotiations for the purchase of the Z Channel by Cable-vision Systems Corp., a New York-based cable operator that owns a network of regional sports channels, are continuing, but no deal has been finalized, a spokesman for Z Channel president Jack Williams said Thursday. Cablevision's SportsChannel America, a recently launched sports network with aspirations of competing with ESPN, owns sports channels in New York, New England, Chicago, Florida and Philadelphia.
SPORTS
May 18, 1991 | DANNY ROBBINS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Big West Conference has barred Nevada Las Vegas from competing in next season's conference basketball tournament and also directed the school to pay $100,000 in fees arising from a lawsuit involving the league's television package. The action, taken at the conference's spring meeting in San Jose, left UNLV officials reeling. "It let us know exactly how (the conference's 10 other schools) feel, that's for sure," UNLV interim Athletic Director Dennis Finfrock said Friday.
SPORTS
September 12, 1992
SportsChannel America was denied a preliminary injunction that would have allowed it to bid on the same television deal the NHL struck with ESPN last week.
SPORTS
September 4, 1992 | From Staff and Wire Reports
SportsChannel America sued the NHL in an attempt to overturn the league's new five-year television contract with ESPN. A hearing is set for Sept. 9.
SPORTS
May 18, 1991 | DANNY ROBBINS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Big West Conference has barred Nevada Las Vegas from competing in next season's conference basketball tournament and also directed the school to pay $100,000 in fees arising from a lawsuit involving the league's television package. The action, taken at the conference's spring meeting in San Jose, left UNLV officials reeling. "It let us know exactly how (the conference's 10 other schools) feel, that's for sure," UNLV interim Athletic Director Dennis Finfrock said Friday.
SPORTS
August 2, 1990 | LARRY STEWART
KTLA named Paul Olden to replace Joe Torre as its Angel play-by-play announcer. With KTLA televising tonight's game against Oakland at Anaheim Stadium, Olden begins his new job immediately. SportsChannel was undecided Wednesday on who it will name as Torre's replacement, but radio announcer Ken Brett is expected to get the nod. Torre was the SportsChannel commentator. SportsChannel has had to replace both its announcers this season.
SPORTS
July 13, 1990 | LARRY STEWART
The Big West Conference, which recently was released from its contract with Prime Ticket because of scheduling conflicts, has reached an agreement with SportsChannel. Sources said SportsChannel will pay $3.4 million over six years for the rights to 52 events a year, highlighted by 10 football games and 20 men's basketball games. But there is some controversy over how that money will be divided.
SPORTS
August 12, 1989 | DAVID LePAGE, Times Staff Writer
In an obscure shop on Chicago's deteriorating North Side, racing bicycles are put together that may sell for $6,500. When Peter O'Neill of Pasadena heard about it, he was scouting for owners, riders and coaches to flesh out his new enterprise, the National Cycle League. "Everyone serious about cycling passes that shop's portals sooner or later," he was told. O'Neill already had a former Chicagoan aboard, John Vollbrecht of Eagle Rock. Both were scarred from politics and ready for something new.
SPORTS
April 18, 1989 | Larry Stewart
SportsChannel America, covering its first marathon Monday, hit the wall early and never recovered. The coverage, carried in Los Angeles by Z Channel, illustrated: (a) Trying to televise a marathon is even tougher than running one, (b) SportsChannel didn't prepare properly, (c) Channel 13's work on the Los Angeles Marathon was tremendous by comparison, and (d) Bud Collins should stick to tennis. Collins, host of the coverage, compared Ingrid Kristiansen to Bjorn Borg during the show.
SPORTS
October 31, 1989 | JEFF MEYERS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The annual big game between Carson and Banning high schools, which will be shown live Nov. 9 on cable television to a potential 8.5 million homes across the country, is bigger than ever this year. But is it better? That's the question being asked by critics who oppose the TV contract engineered by the National Federation of State High School Assns.--governing body of prep sports--with cable's SportsChannel America to televise 25 high school events this season, including 12 football games.
SPORTS
September 20, 1989 | DONNA CARTER, Times Staff Writer
It's the big game. From their Fountain Valley living room, Joe and Jane Sportsfan tune in the exciting high school football rivalry . . . between Mayfield and Tilghman Paducah high schools from Kentucky? Despite the skeptics, SportsChannel America, a national cable network wired into 8.5-million homes, is pioneering the televising of regular-season high school sports to a national audience.
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