SBD/Issue 238/Sports Media

Media Notes

Clippers, FSN Prime Ticket Thursday Announce
Exclusive Multi-Year Telecast Rights Agreement
The Clippers and FSN Prime Ticket Thursday announced an exclusive multi-year TV rights agreement. The net, in its 14th overall season as a Clippers TV partner and its first season as the Clippers' sole television home, will provide a minimum of 70 game telecasts all in HD during the '09-10 season (FSN). In L.A., Diane Pucin cites sources as indicating that the deal is "set to last seven years." Sources added that the deal is "worth substantially more than the $12.5[M] a year in revenue the Clippers had received in their previous arrangement" with KTLA-CW and FSN Prime Ticket. Pucin notes as part of the deal there will be a "pregame and postgame studio show after all home telecasts" (L.A. TIMES, 8/28).

FORMATION SHIFT: In California, Jim Carlisle writes it is a "good time" for NBC's Bob Costas to start hosting "Football Night In America" from the site of the "Sunday Night Football" game this season since Cris Collinsworth is "being moved out of the studio to replace the retired John Madden" as Al Michaels' partner. Costas' presence "at the event gives it an air of importance, but it will still be a problem luring people over to NBC after the games on CBS and Fox" (VENTURA COUNTY STAR, 8/28). In Houston, David Barron writes NBC Sports & Olympics Chair Dick Ebersol and Costas "agreed Costas' presence will add gravitas and perspective to the proceedings," but that "begged the question of whether 'Football Night' was evolving into more of a, dare we say it, pregame show" (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 8/28). 

JOINING THE FLOCK: In California, Jim Carlisle reports the Ducks have "extended their agreement" with KLAA-AM for the '09-10 season. The team also officially announced that Orange County Register Ducks beat writer Dan Wood will serve as the team's radio analyst, joining play-by-play announcer Steve Carroll (VENTURA COUNTY STAR, 8/28).

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