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COMCAST SPORTS NET SEES POSITIVE REAX FROM LOCAL PROGRAMMING
Published February 5, 1998
Comcast SportsNet (CSN), which debuted October 1, has not announced any ratings, "but it is clear that its original programming -- focusing on the city's professional franchises and college teams -- is doing far better" than syndicated shows or Fox Sports News feeds, according to Mike Bruton of the PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER. CSN expanded its original programming this week and CSN President Jack Williams said, "What we're finding is that the things we produce ourselves -- the news, the talk shows, the things that originate in Philadelphia -- seem to attract the biggest amount of attention." Williams added that network feeds sometimes did well and sometimes didn't. Bruton writes that CSN "hit another home run" with its new Classics format, which replays historical sporting events involving local teams or personalities (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 2/5).