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SBD/May 23, 2013/Media
Published May 23, 2013
GOING BACK FOR SECONDS: In Houston, David Barron reported NBCUniversal Exec VP/Content Distribution Matt Bond yesterday attended Houston Mayor Annise Parker’s "second closed-door meeting" on Comcast SportsNet Houston distribution. Bond said that he "thought the meeting with the mayor and officials with AT&T U-verse was productive." The hour-long meeting "followed a similar session earlier this week with officials from cable carrier Suddenlink and was requested by the mayor in an effort to boost carriage discussions regarding CSN Houston" (CHRON.com, 5/22).
CONSIDER YOUR OPTIONS: Pac-12 Networks President Lydia Murphy-Stephans said of efforts to negotiate a carriage deal with DirecTV, "We're on schedule, and right on plan, in terms of distribution for the Pac-12 Networks. I feel good about that. There’s an obligation as fans, that if they want Pac-12 Networks and DirecTV is not carrying the Pac-12 Networks, the fan has to be willing to drop DirecTV and pick up a carrier that is" (SEATTLETIMES.com, 5/22).
OUT OF CHARACTER: In L.A., Jill Painter noted longtime NHL Kings fan Kevin Ryder, who is part of Pasadena-based KROQ-FM's "Kevin & Bean" morning show, was "guest tweeting for the @lakings account during the second period" of Game 4 of the Kings-Sharks NHL Western Conference Semifinals on Tuesday. When Kings C Anze Kopitar was "tackled during the game, Ryder tweeted out an insensitive comment, likening it to sexual assault." The team "eventually deleted the tweet." It then sent out a message, "We apologize for the tweets that came from a guest of our organization. They were inappropriate and do not reflect the LA Kings" (L.A. DAILY NEWS, 5/23).