SBD/Issue 135/Sports Media

Red Fox: Network President Unhappy With MLB Mobilecasts

Basebrawl: Vinciquerra Calls
Fight Over Mobilecasts “Ugly”
Fox Network Group President & CEO Tony Vinciquerra “isn’t happy with MLB’s planned mobilecasts of games” for which Fox Sports and FSNs pay large rights fees to broadcast, according to Staci Kramer of PAIDCONTENT.org. Kramer wrote that Fox “wants input, compensation and strong local rights protection,” and that Vinciquerra “didn’t rule out legal action.” Vinciquerra: “They’re taking our rights away and we hate it. We have a fight with them every day about something. We’re paying $400[M] a year for the rights to [MLB] and whatever number of teams we have on our RSNs right now, 16 or 18, we’re paying hundreds of millions of dollars there and [MLB] wants to take those games and provide them on all those other platforms.” He added, “Baseball’s plan is to take this business and go IPO it somewhere and share it with the owners so they want another bite at the revenue stream.” When asked if the debate could get “public and ugly,” Vinciquerra said, “It is ugly. Could it get uglier? I don’t know.” Kramer said to Vinciquerra of the mobile applications, “From a consumer perspective, it’s exciting.” Vinciquerra responded, “It is exciting and we want to be part of it -– but we’ve got to be part of it” (PAIDCONTENT.org, 4/6).

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