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Published February 22, 2013
OMINOUS SIGN? In New Jersey, Mary Diduch reports Cablevision will "add a monthly surcharge for sports programming." The $2.98 surcharge will "go into effect in April and will apply to cable television customers that subscribe to Family or Value packages or above." Cablevision VP/Video Product Management Bradley Feldman said, "Unfortunately, the rising cost of programming has resulted in this sports surcharge" (Bergen RECORD, 2/22).
SYMPATHY FOR THE SUN DEVILS: In Phoenix, Paola Boivin writes, "The Pac-12/DirecTV standoff is hurting the Sun Devils more than anybody." Twenty of Arizona State Univ.'s men's basketball games "have been carried by the Pac-12 Network." That translates to 74% of ASU games "not available to DirecTV viewers because the two sides have failed to reach an agreement." ASU is "suffering the most in the conference because it is a dramatically different team from the one that finished 10-21 a year ago" (ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 2/22).
THE GREAT OUTDOORS: Outdoor Channel shareholder UTR Thursday said that "it and deep-pocketed backers are ready to make an all-cash bid that tops the existing offer" of $8 per share for the company. In N.Y., Josh Kosman notes UTR "would not name the investors -- except to say that they are Hollywood heavyweights." The Outdoor Channel in November agreed to a $208M merger with InterMedia Outdoors, "which runs The Sportsman Channel." UTR has been "an outspoken critic" of the merger (N.Y. POST, 2/22).