SBD/Issue 28/Sports Media

FSN Utah To Be Jazz' Exclusive Local Broadcaster Through '20-21

FSN Utah Will Broadcast Record 77 Jazz
Games This Season, All In HD
The Jazz and FSN Utah have signed a contract extension through the '20-21 NBA season that provides the net exclusive local TV rights to the franchise. The agreement allows FSN Utah to televise all available regular-season games annually, and the 77 Jazz games the net will broadcast this season will be the most ever on the RSN. All 77 broadcasts will be in HD and will feature a 30-minute pre- and postgame show called "Jazz Live." Play-by-play announcer Craig Bolerjack will team with analyst Ron Boone on all FSN Utah broadcasts (FSN). In Utah, Tim Buckley notes the deal "means no regular season games will be shown" on KJZZ-Ind., which is owned by the Larry H. Miller Group of Companies, and also "means no Jazz games will be shown free and over-the-air." Jazz Senior VP/Broadcasting Chris Baum said that there were "multiple reasons to make such a pact, but mainly it's the result of an established business relationship" between the team and FSN Utah. Baum suggested that the deal "does not stem from a dispute last season" between KJZZ and DirecTV that resulted in the satellite provider "not carrying the network, and as a result Jazz games, for a time." Buckley notes FSN Utah "aired 27 games during the 2004-05 season, 40 games the following season and 60 games last season" (DESERET NEWS, 10/21). In Salt Lake City, Ross Siler notes terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Baum "described it as helping provide the small-market franchise with the revenue to stay competitive into the next decade." With KJZZ televising only 16 Jazz games last season, Baum said that the team has been "'slowly migrating' from over-the-air broadcasts in recent years" (SALT LAKE TRIBUNE, 10/21).

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