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Media Notes

In Ottawa, Ken Warren noted that after the first 11 shots of Tuesday's 10-round shootout between the Senators and Sabres, a "large number of Sportsnet TV viewers were suddenly greeted with a commercial featuring Sportsnet commentator Nick Kypreos." The broadcast then "went directly to Sportsnet Connected for a wrap up of the day’s sporting events, with no immediate indication of what happened in the remaining nine shots of the shootout." Sportsnet yesterday offered "a sincere apology and a promise that it won’t happen again" (OTTAWACITIZEN.com, 12/11).

BUTTING HEADS: In Phoenix, Paola Boivin writes that she "has huge respect" for much of what Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott has done, but the conference's "stalemate with DirecTV has arrived at the absurd." Both sides say that "the other is being unreasonable." Boivin: "Most people I talk to who have no agenda in this issue side with the conference, saying its expectations are fair." If true, it is "hard to blame Scott, other than to say that maybe he lacked foresight in the matter." Some reports "suggest DirecTV is being particularly stubborn because the conference cut a deal with Dish Network first" (ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 12/12).

NOW YOU SEE IT: VARIETY's Todd Spangler reported Comcast plans to "add nine new programming and cable operator partners to 'See It,' the social platform aimed at driving up viewing on TV and online for subscription television services, including Time Warner Cable, ABC and Fox." The expansion will "bring several new networks to See It," including ABC, Fox and FS1. See It "launched with Comcast’s NBCUniversal networks," which include NBC, NBCSN, CNBC, MSNBC and the Golf Channel (VARIETY.com, 12/11).
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