SBD/Issue 24/Sports Media

Media Notes

Favre's Return To Green Bay
Now Gets National Audience
YAHOO SPORTS' Chris Chase noted the NFL moved the kickoff of the November 1 Giants-Eagles game from 4:15pm ET to 1:00pm to accommodate a potential World Series game at Citizens Bank Park, which resulted in the Vikings-Packers game moving to 4:15pm to be "nationally televised on Fox." While Giants-Eagles "would have drawn great ratings," Vikings QB Brett Favre's return to Lambeau Field is the "most anticipated game of the year." Fox will get "significantly more viewers and buzz with Favre than it would have" for Giants-Eagles (, 10/14).

UNDER FIRE: The GLOBE & MAIL's Bruce Dowbiggin reports Rogers Sportsnet "continued to draw heat" this week over its decision to "not show the MLB playoffs on all its four regional channels." Sportsnet Pacific Sunday dropped Yankees-Twins ALDS Game Three in the ninth inning for Stars-Canucks. Dowbiggin: "It's clear that Sportsnet must weigh the value of pushing clients into buying multiple regional channels against the pushback from baseball fans over missing postseason games" (, 10/14).

ANOTHER SATELLITE FIGHT: In Dallas, Mike Heika reports Stars fans "have to deal with a problem between" Dish Network and FS Southwest, as FS Southwest "has taken on an additional 20 games this season and says that Dish does not want to pick those games up." Last night's Predators-Stars game was "blacked out for Dish's viewers" and Friday's Bruins-Stars game "also will be." Fox Sports officials said that negotiations are "ongoing, and they hope to resolve the problem" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 10/15).

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