SBD/Issue 14/Sports Media

Media Notes

Fox Directing Fans To New Website
Amid Carriage Dispute With Dish

In Ft. Lauderdale, Sarah Talalay reported the “carriage dispute between Dish Network and Fox could result in South Florida Dish Network customers missing” Heat games, which begin airing on Fox-owned Sun Sports on Tuesday. If a new carriage agreement is not reached by midnight tonight, Dish customers “will lose access” to Sun Sports and FS Florida. That also means Magic games -- and the debut of Amway Center -- would “be missing for Dish Network customers in central and northern Florida.” In addition, Marlins and Rays fans with Dish Network could miss the teams’ final regular-season games this weekend. Talalay wrote the “fight's gotten nasty enough that Fox is placing ads in area newspapers” today about the dispute and “directing fans to a website for details called” (, 9/29).

FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS: Chandler (Ariz.) High School AD Dave Shapiro and Hamilton (Ariz.) High School AD Dick Baniszewski said that ESPN is “paying their institutions $1,000 apiece” to air their football matchup Friday night, the same price local broadcaster Cox “forks over to televise high school games.” ESPN will bring in seven cameras, a 30-person crew and two light towers as the “lighting at Chandler’s Austin Field wasn’t sufficient for the network.” ESPN will determine "when the national anthem will be played, when the teams can come onto the field, even the brand of sports drink that can be displayed on each sideline.” Shapiro said, “That’s OK. We’re both Gatorade schools” (ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 9/30).

BETTER THE SECOND TIME AROUND? On Long Island, Neil Best reported former ESPN MLB analyst and contributor Steve Phillips “could be in line for a full-time gig at Sirius XM as a morning man” on Chris Russo’s “Mad Dog Radio” channel. Phillips has been “working hard over the past year to rehabilitate his career, including a fantasy sports show on Sirius and regular appearances on WFAN as a fill-in host over the summer and as a contributor to Mike Francesa’s afternoon show" (, 9/29).

NBA PEOPLE & PERSONALITIES: Former T'Wolves VP/Basketball Operations and coach Kevin McHale said that he is “returning for a second season as an analyst for NBA TV and Turner Broadcasting." McHale said that he “has no plans to return to coaching” (ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS, 9/30) Meanwhile, former NBAer Malik Rose will serve as a studio analyst for FS Oklahoma during Thunder road games and select home games. Rose served as studio analyst for the Knicks last season and was a color analyst for the NBA D-League Austin Toros (DAILY OKLAHOMAN, 9/30).

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