SBD/Issue 245/Sports Media

Media Notes

ESPN Star Sports Acquires Champions
League Twenty20 Rights In 10-Year Deal
ESPN Star Sports (ESS) has acquired the global commercial rights for all matches in the Champions League Twenty20 cricket league in a 10-year deal through 2017. As part of the deal, ESS has Champions League Twenty20 TV, online, mobile and radio rights. ESS also will have all title rights, event sponsorship, ground rights and merchandizing rights around the property (ESS). ESS agreed to pay $900M for the rights, which ESS said is the "highest price ever paid for a cricket tournament on per game basis" (DAILY VARIETY, 9/11).

MUST SEE TV: In DC, Leonardo Shapiro wrote NBC's "Football Night In America" is a "crackling show jam-packed with highlights, interesting analysis and up-to-the-minute reporting on the breaking news of the day." Dan Patrick and Keith Olbermann, a pair of "truly clever former ESPN anchors," offer a "rousing reprise of the same sort of schtick that made them both famous a decade ago." Meanwhile, "FNIA" host Bob Costas Sunday during the show's season debut "as usual guided the show seamlessly from one element to the next." The show also features analyst Cris Collinsworth, "arguably the best and brightest football analyst on television," and SI's Peter King, who offers "his own inimitable take on the day's events" (, 9/10).

FLAG STILL THERE? In Orlando, David Whitley writes the national anthem "has faded from sight" from sports TV broadcasts. Whitley: "The networks won't quite say that, but when was the last time you saw a performance of 'The Star Spangled Banner'?" The NFL said that it "takes a 'special occasion' for the song to warrant precious TV time," such as the Super Bowl. Several nets declined to comment on the record, but NBC Sports Dir of Communications Brian Walker said, "There's not a set policy" (ORLANDO SENTINEL, 9/11).

TV LISTINGS: The Jazz will have all 82 regular-season games televised this year for the fourth straight year, as well as all seven preseason games "for the first time." FSN Utah will air 60 Jazz regular-season games and KJZZ-MYT will air 16, with the remaining six "televised exclusively by" TNT. Craig Bolerjack and Ron Boone will call the FSN Utah and KJZZ-MYT broadcasts (DESERET NEWS, 9/11)....FSN Wisconsin will carry 70 Bucks regular-season games this season, "the same number it carried last season." Jim Paschke and Jon McGlocklin will continue as the club's long-time on-air broadcast team (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, 9/11)....CSN Mid-Atlantic will televise 73 Capitals games this season, with 50 games airing on CSN HDTV. That marks a record number of HD game productions for the club (CSN).

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