SBD/September 2, 2011/Media

Fox Sports Net May Be Launching New Outlet For Padres Games

Sources say FSN will likely soon be the new TV home for Padres games
Fox Sports Net appears to be preparing to launch a San Diego feed that would most likely carry Padres games. A posting on a News Corp. website had the RSN looking for a Senior VP & GM for Fox Sports San Diego. "We're always looking for opportunities to grow our brand and serve the local sports fan," said FSN VP/Communications Chris Bellitti. According to the job posting, FSN is seeking a San Diego-based exec "for our newest region, San Diego. This position is responsible for the overall P&L, team relations, advertising revenue, programming, production, marketing, on-air promotions and public relations." Bellitti declined comment when asked if FSN had picked up the rights to the Padres. Sources said FSN was in discussions about the rights, which had been with Channel 4 San Diego previously (John Ourand, THE DAILY). In San Diego, Jay Posner cites a source as saying that the Padres and Fox Sports Regional Networks are "very close to an agreement in principle for a new network called Fox Sports San Diego to carry Padres games beginning with the 2012 season." The source indicated that the deal is "awaiting approval" from MLB. The source added, "It's just a matter of dotting i's and crossing t's and conforming to MLB's specifications." There is "no timetable for when the deal might be formalized" (SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, 9/2).
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