SBD/Issue 73/Sports Media

Media Notes

Broncos Owner and NFL Broadcast Committee Chair Pat Bowlen “expects within the month an agreement on the final portion of the league’s network and cable contracts.” Bowlen added that NBC and Fox “have expressed interest in the Monday night package if ABC balks at the rights fee, and that a newly created package of eight late-season Thursday and Saturday night games could” go to NFL Network. NBC is also interested in that package. Bowlen: “If we went in that direction (the NFL Network), we could expect they would be carried by all the major cable companies. Right now, we’ve got about half the systems carrying the network, and we’re making significant progress with the others” (Maske & Shapiro, WASHINGTON POST, 1/5).

FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS: YES Network and Fox have reached an exclusive, multi-year agreement naming Fox-owned WWOR-UPN the over-the-air home of the Yankees. Starting next season, WWOR will air up to 21 games a season, with the majority on Friday nights. The games will still be produced by YES Network (YES). In N.Y., Bob Raissman reports the over-the-air deal is for three years. YES announcers will call the games on WWOR (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 1/5).

PACKING IT IN: CBS Sports President Sean McManus, on turning down a request by basketball analyst Billy Packer for a show on Sirius Radio: “We pay a premium for Billy's exclusivity as our primary basketball analyst, and we don't intend to give it up.” Packer: “CBS had a problem with it. They are my boss, and that was the end of it.” Packer earns about $650,000 annually at CBS (Rudy Martzke, USA TODAY, 1/5).

CORRECTION: In yesterday’s issue, THE DAILY misidentified the newspaper that investigated Arthur Levitt’s report on NHL finances. The Eagle-Tribune in based in Lawrence, Massachusetts. THE DAILY regrets the error.

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