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FS1 Earns Most-Watched Week Since Inception Thanks To Oklahoma-Baylor
Published November 15, 2013
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BLOOMIN' ONIONS: On Long Island, Neil Best writes FS1 "had the sense to name Bill Raftery its lead analyst" in college basketball, "providing instant credibility and a bridge to the past." It was "nice for Raftery, too." When Fox bought rights to the Big East, it "quickly moved to sign Raftery, pairing him with Gus Johnson as its top team." They debuted together last Friday for Boston College vs. Providence, one of 35 to 40 games Raftery will work for Fox. Given Fox' "self-appointed mandate as home of sports TV 'fun,' the playful, catchphrase-spouting Raftery, who is 70 but does not act his age, is a nice fit." He also will "continue to work for CBS, including the NCAA Tournament, a perk he said made his decision to go to Fox easier." Raftery added that Fox' "commitment to the Big East reminds him of its early days on ESPN, where the league played a key role in the evolution of a new media entity." He said, "The nice thing for everybody is that it's the only college conference they have total rights to. Fox has input into what games they want on, and the league starts with financing" (NEWSDAY, 11/15).