SBD/Issue 64/Sports Media
Published December 14, 2009
In Dallas, Barry Horn reported the MLB Rangers Friday announced a one-year extension for TV play-by-play announcer Josh Lewin, whose contract was "supposed to run out at month's end." Lewin has held the position for eight years, but he also is the radio play-by-play announcer for the Chargers, which "sometimes causes conflict in August and September." The Rangers next season "will allow Lewin to miss a maximum of three games for other work" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 12/12).
Writer Calls ESPN's Coverage Of The
Hesiman Trophy Presentation "Solid," But Long
SEEKING A BIGGER PIECE OF THE PIE: The WALL STREET JOURNAL's Sam Schechner cites sources as saying that broadcast networks are "asking independently owned TV stations that carry their programming for a cut of the payments the stations get from cable, satellite and telecommunications companies." In some cases, networks "want half or more of the compensation their affiliated stations receive." Sources said that CBS in talks with its affiliates is "asking for about half of their subscription revenue" (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 12/14). News Corp. Deputy Chair, President & COO Chase Carey said, "We need to have a business model that enables us to compete with the ESPNs and the TNTs and USAs that are doing more original programming and buying more sports programming." In N.Y., Peter Lauria noted while retransmission fees "historically have been a pittance," Carey speculated that "if ESPN can get close to $4 per subscriber per month in carriage fees, Fox could justifiably get $5 per subscriber given programming like the Super Bowl and World Series" (N.Y. POST, 12/13).