March 5, 2013 |
Showtime, already on a winning streak with the acclaimed "Homeland" series and other hits, is muscling for more turf on the crowded field of TV sports. The premium network is making an aggressive push in the sports arena that is extensively covered by broadcast networks, specialty venues such as ESPN and the NFL Network, and its chief rival, HBO. The arena got even more crowded Tuesday when News Corp. announced plans for Fox Sports 1, a new national cable channel that hopes eventually to challenge the ESPN empire.
January 23, 2013 |
Few cable companies have been as vocal about the rising costs of sports programming as Time Warner Cable. "What was a minor problem is turning into an astronomical problem," Time Warner Cable chief executive Glenn Britt told the Wall Street Journal just over a year ago. "The ultimate solution is to get that programming on some sort of smaller packaging scheme. " But Britt's words don't match up with Time Warner Cable's actions. As of late, few cable companies have been as instrumental in driving up sports costs as Time Warner Cable.
December 11, 2012 |
After the coffee. Before pumping myself full of medicine. The Skinny: On Monday I said I wanted to stop my cold in its tracks. With that in mind I'm working from home today. One benefit is I won't have "Zero Dark Thirty" spoiled for me by all my co-workers who were at Monday's premiere. (I'm not that cool.) Tuesday's stories include a sports surcharge from DirecTV, a judge putting the brakes on a Hobbit knockoff and gossip heating up about what new chief Jeff Zucker has in store for CNN. Daily Dose: Clear Channel, the big radio station owner, is donating the license and transmitter for WDTW-AM in Detroit to the Minority Media and Telecommunications Council, a partner with Clear Channel in an initiative to increase minority ownership of radio stations.
November 25, 2012 |
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.
October 2, 2012 |
Sports rights deals are out of control and threaten the future of the pay-television industry, a lobbyist for small and mid-size cable operators said Tuesday in reaction to Major League Baseball's signing new deals with ESPN, Fox and Turner Broadcasting that run eight years and are valued at $12.4 billion. "The plain truth is that these MLB deals will send monthly pay-TV bills streaking skyward," charged Matthew Polka, president and chief executive of the American Cable Assn. The new baseball deal -- on top of what the NFL gets in rights fees from CBS, NBC, Fox and ESPN -- will "make life hard for families whose incomes, hammered by the recession, can't keep pace with the greed of broadcasters, cable networks and sports leagues.
August 19, 2011 |
Fox Sports no longer is pulling any punches with Ultimate Fighting Championship, announcing a seven-year deal that brings mixed martial arts fights to the Fox broadcast network and Friday night events to the company's FX cable channel. Fox declined to disclose financial terms, but Sports Business Daily reported the multiyear package was worth as much as $90 million. The deal, announced Thursday, is significant because it elevates the sport of mixed martial arts to the television mainstream.