SBD/April 25, 2014/Media

Media Notes

CBSSPORTS.com's Dennis Dodd reported ESPN has "had discussions with the Big 12 and Pac-12 about possibly playing a football game in Mexico City," though "no dates or teams were mentioned." Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott "confirmed the talks" on Thursday. ESPN President John Skipper said, "Keep your eye on it." Univ. of Texas men's AD Steve Patterson in January said that he was "interested in more neutral-site football venues, specifically Mexico City" (CBSSPORTS.com, 2/24).

MIXED SIGNALS: In West Palm Beach, Tom D'Angelo notes the signal for the Marlins' new flagship radio station, WINZ-AM, "does not reach strongly into Palm Beach County at night, when most games are played." Because of "previous contractual obligations," the club's Palm Beach County affiliate, WBZT-AM, has "not carried several games and switched away from at least one game in progress." The Marlins are "not as concerned about WBTZ not carrying day games because WINZ's signal can be heard in most of Palm Beach County before nightfall" (PALM BEACH POST, 4/25).

THREE STRIKES, YOU'RE OUT: VARIETY's Brian Lowry wrote under the header, "Time Warner Cable Risks Alienating Fans With Hardball Dodgers Negotiations." Sports TV is "putting greed ahead of practicality, and feelings of invulnerability ahead of common sense." If Comcast "wants to be seen as a true industry leader" it could "burnish those credentials and truly benefit consumers by using its formidable clout to help rein in a sports landscape gone mad" (VARIETY.com, 4/23).

MIKE CHECK ONE, TWO: In N.Y., Bernie Augustine notes CBS "flexed its corporate muscle Thursday and ordered that the @WFANAudio Twitter user remove dozens and dozens" of clips of WFAN host Mike Francesa from his "extremely popular and entertaining YouTube page." The @WFANAudio user "broke the news -- where else? -- on Twitter" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 4/25).
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