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SBD/April 18, 2013/Media
Published April 18, 2013
PASS IT ON: MULTICHANNEL NEWS reported Verizon FiOS has introduced a "new $9.99 'Sports Pass' add-on tier that includes networks currently available in the most expensive programming package (Ultimate HD) and some services that are slated to be removed from a less-inclusive package (Extreme HD) that Verizon advertises as its most popular." The new tier has beIN Sport HD, CBS Sports Network, ESPN Buzzer Beater/Goal Line HD, ESPN Classic, HRTV, Longhorn Network, Outdoor Channel, Sportsman Channel, TVG and World Fishing Network. Verizon in a blog post said that it "might add other channels to the Sports Pass tier" (MULTICHANNELNEWS.com, 4/16).
NEW FACES, NEW PLACES: In DC, Dan Steinberg noted MASN has hired Julie Alexandria to "serve as its sideline reporter" for Nationals coverage. Alexandria has worked in "both sports and entertainment broadcasting, hosting programs for MTV and TLC, for example," while also hosting "Mets Weekly" for SportsNet N.Y. and "working as a college football sideline reporter for Fox" (WASHINGTONPOST.com, 4/17)....In Milwaukee, Bob Wolfley noted former MLBer Craig Counsell last night made his debut "as an analyst" on FS Wisconsin. Counsell on "occasion this season" will appear on the RSN's pre- and post-game show (JSONLINE.com, 4/17).
WORK IN PROGRESS: SPEEDTV.com's Robin Miller wrote of IndyCar coverage on NBC Sports Network, "No denying that you don’t have as many homes as being on network and NBC Sports Network is a work in progress." But the net does "seem committed to trying to grow open wheel racing and it’s not like there’s a big line in TV Land fighting for IndyCar so we need to give it time." We also need to "be realistic" about the effects of the Champ Car-IndyCar split from '96-'08 and "maybe 500,000 viewers on cable is our audience" (SPEEDTV.com, 4/17).