SBD/17/Sports Media

Print All

         The Cardinals and KPLR-Channel 11 have entered into a new
    partnership, according to a report in the ST. LOUIS POST-
    DISPATCH.  In a move that is becoming a "growing trend in sports
    television," the teams and broadcasters will share expenses and
    revenues.  KPLR won the rights to the Cardinals in '88, but
    speculation exists that they overpaid for the package, and have
    been hurt financially.  The new agreement "will help the station
    avoid possible severe losses" that could emerge if the strike
    continues and replacement players are used.  Details of the plan
    were limited, but it was reported that the guarantees the
    Cardinals no money.  The team and KPLR "will share revenue from
    dollar one" with the partnership running for two years.  Dan
    Farrell, Cardinals Dir of Broadcasting:  "This brings the
    resources of the ballclub into the television selling end.  It
    enhances the package" (Dan Caesar, ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH,

    Print | Tags: Media

         The NFL on Fox finished only six percent below CBS's '93
    numbers for the NFC package.  Most had projected a 10-15%
    decline.  ATLANTA CONSTITUTION TV columnist Prentis Rogers:
    "'Fox NFL Sunday' was clearly a success, and with [Jimmy] Johnson
    in the mix presumably for the next three years, the future is
    bright" (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 1/16).  In Minneapolis, Rachel
    Blount writes that Fox pumped "broadcasts full of fun and energy
    without distracting from the games. ... Howie Long is clearly the
    broadcasting rookie of the year."  Blount panned Fox's promotions
    (Minneapolis STAR-TRIBUNE, 1/16).  In Toronto, Rob Longley:  "The
    network has mixed the best of what was CBS Sports with the
    cutting edge of '90's TV technology" (TORONTO SUN, 1/16).

    Print | Tags: CBS, NFL, Media, Viacom

         USA TODAY's Rudy Martzke says the all-California Super Bowl
    could hurt ABC's ratings, citing a lack of interest from the
    eastern U.S., nearly three-touchdown point-spread, and lack of
    the Cowboys and their many fans....Ratings for the Cowboys-49ers
    game were 9% higher than last year's NFC title game at 34.2 and
    the highest NFC title game since CBS's 42.9 in 1982 (Rudy
    Martzke, USA TODAY, 1/17)....Fox will not try and lure viewers
    with a special halftime show during the Super Bowl as it has in
    past years.  Fox Entertainment Group President John Matoian:  "We
    have converted" (Eric Mink, N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 1/16)....ESPN
    received six of nine sports CableACE Awards, including two for
    the networks coverage of last year's NHL Stanley Cup Finals
    (ESPN)....MSG's production of Ranger games was also honored as
    the Best Live Sports Event work (Phil Mushnick, N.Y. POST, 1/16).

    Print | Tags: ABC, Cablevision, CBS, Dallas Cowboys, ESPN, Madison Square Garden, NHL, San Francisco 49ers, Media, Viacom, Walt Disney

         The NHLPA has launched a TV show that will give players
    exposure to both American and Canadian audiences.  "Be a Player,"
    will be a 30-minute show aimed at both youth and adult audiences
    featuring tips from players, skills competitions between NHL
    stars, NHL trivia and an in-depth interview with a marquee
    player.  The show, to be hosted by TSN's Paul Romanuk, will air
    in the U.S. on ESPN2.  The production will reportedly attempt to
    mimic the NBA's "Inside Stuff."  Similar to the NBA's effort, "it
    will be filled with promotional fluff ... an easy, breezy watch
    for hockey fans" (Rob Longley, TORONTO SUN, 1/15).
         HOCKEY TUBE NOTES:  Fox will not increase its NHL schedule
    beyond the final two regular-season Sundays.  But Fox could
    receive a rebate due to the cancellation of the All Star Game
    (Rudy Martzke, USA TODAY, 1/17).  News Corp. Chair Rupert
    Murdoch: "There is clearly a growing interest in hockey in this
    country.  We're going to work closely with hockey in making it a
    better TV sport" (Bob Keisser, KNIGHT RIDDER, 1/15). ....DirecTV
    viewers can expect an NHL package similar to NBA's "League Pass"
    by next October, according to DirecTV VP Tom Bracken (VANCOUVER
    PROVINCE, 1/13).

    Print | Tags: DirecTV, ESPN, NBA, NHL, Media, Walt Disney

         The planned merger between TBS and NBC "collapsed" over
    issues of control over the merged operation during talks Friday.
    TBS Chair Ted Turner: "We couldn't agree on corporate governance
    -- control."  Sources said NBC parent company GE wanted to
    maintain "at least a 51% interest" in the combined network
    because GE "sees great potential in the communications business."
    GE is not in negotiations with anyone else about a sale of NBC,
    but said Sunday "it still wants to find a partner to help it
    expand NBC" (Sharpe & Lippman, WALL STREET JOURNAL, 1/16).  NBC
    expressed "some hope" talks could resume, but an anonymous TBS
    exec  said "the deal is just over" (Bill Carter, N.Y. TIMES,

    Print | Tags: NBC, Media, Turner Sports
Video Powered By - Castfire CMS Powered By - Sitecore

Report a Bug