Expectations High For NASCAR On NBC Female Audience Strong For World Cup ESPN Denies Wanting To Dial Down Olbermann IndyCar Gets Best Cable Audience In Years Sources: Angels' Dipoto Out As GM Xfinity Series Audience Lower On Fox Sports U.S.-Germany Sets Fox Soccer Record Media Notes Phillies' MacPhail To Observe For First Few Months Discovery Looking To Sublicense Olympic Rights
SBD/March 12, 2014/Media
MLB Media Notes: Impasse Over SportsNet LA May Persist Until Dodgers' First Stateside Game
Published March 12, 2014
RETURN TO SENDER: In Houston, David Barron reported the Astros have asked U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Marvin Isgur to return their civil lawsuit against Comcast, NBC Universal and former Astros Owner Drayton McLane to state district court, "where it originally was filed last November." The request "comes a week before Isgur is scheduled to hold a long-delayed hearing in the lawsuit, an offshoot of the Chapter 11 bankruptcy case" involving CSN Houston. Meanwhile, the Astros on Monday "filed the final document in an exchange of briefs" related to the club’s "appeal of the order placing CSN Houston into bankruptcy protection" (CHRON.com, 3/11).
BEAR AIR: In Chicago, Ed Sherman writes WBBM-AM has "emerged as the leading candidate to become the new radio home of the Cubs." Sources said that the CBS-owned outlet is "using all of its local stations in a synergistic bid to land the rights to the Cubs" beginning with the '15 season. A Cubs move to WBBM "would end its long relationship" with WGN-AM dating back to '25 (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 3/12).
BRING THE HEAT: GAMMONSDAILY.com's Bill Chuck reported the show "High Heat With Christopher Russo" joins the "daily lineup on the MLB Network starting Opening Day." Russo starting March 31 at 12:00pm ET "will host a one-hour live program every weekday with discussion on all 30 MLB clubs and interviews with players and club personnel." The move means that "'Power Alley,' one of the most enlightening, smartest shows on baseball, hosted by Jim Duquette and Mike Ferrin, sadly will be shortened by an hour" (GAMMONSDAILY.com, 3/7).