SBJ/March 5-11, 2012/Media

FSN picks leadership for Arizona RSN, readies for San Diego launch

Fox Sports Network has filled two of the three openings it had at its regional sports networks, promoting Brian Hogan to lead its Arizona RSN.

Two months ago, FSN placed Henry Ford in charge of its soon-to-launch channel in San Diego.

That leaves FS Ohio as the only Fox Sports RSN that still needs a general manager. Ford had been senior vice president and general manager of FS Ohio for almost three years before leaving to take the reins in San Diego.

Fox is planning to launch its San Diego RSN within the next two weeks, in time for the coming baseball season.

Earlier this year, Fox agreed to a 20-year deal with the Padres that averages out to $50 million per year. As part of that deal, the Padres would take a 20 percent equity interest in the channel.

The deal still hasn’t been signed, however, as it has been awaiting MLB approval.

Part of the holdup is due to Padres Chair John Moores’ plan to sell a majority stake in the team to Vice Chairman and CEO Jeff Moorad. That, too, is awaiting MLB approval.

In Arizona, Hogan is taking over for Mike Connelly, who recently moved to Fox’s corporate headquarters in Los Angeles. Hogan will report to Jeff Krolik, FSN’s executive vice president, who is based in Los Angeles. Hogan had been vice president and general sales manager for Fox Sports South and SportSouth for the past 13 years before making the move to Arizona.

FS Arizona is in 2.5 million homes and holds the rights to the MLB Diamondbacks and NBA Suns.

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