In Vancouver, Greg Douglas wrote when Rogers Communications signed a 10-year deal to purchase naming and wireless rights to the Canucks' arena in July '10, it "seems reasonable to suggest that the Canucks' radio broadcasts came up in the conversation." Bell Media Radio's Team 1040 "has one year remaining as rights holders of Canucks' radio broadcasts." Having the Canucks' radio rights "as a Bell property clearly doesn't sit well with Rogers." So while the "company line from Bell Radio remains that renewal negotiations with the Canucks are 'progressing,' Rogers continues to look at its options that some say could result in the creation of another all-sports radio station in Vancouver." That "would make a total of three, including Team 1410" (VANCOUVER SUN, 8/13).
TIME TO LOG OFF: In Las Vegas, Ryan Greene reports UNLV football players are "no longer allowed on Twitter while members of the team." UNLV coach Bobby Hauck said, "We did a lot of research around the country. Everyone in our league has a policy on it, you see the SEC and different people making policies, so we just decided to rein all that in. (The policy) gives young guys less of an opportunity to make a bad decision." Hauck said that his players are "still allowed on Facebook" (LAS VEGAS SUN, 8/16).
READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL: NFL Network last Thursday drew a record 737,000 average viewers for its primetime "Around the League: Preseason 2011" special that featured live look-ins at the first preseason games of the year. The show garnered the net's highest-ever primetime August viewership for a non-game telecast. Meanwhile, NFL Digital Media properties, including NFL.com and NFL Mobile, drew the highest numbers ever for the first day of an NFL preseason (NFL).
BACK TO SCHOOL: FS Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association have reached a five-year extension of their TV rights agreement, maintaining FS Oklahoma as the exclusive TV outlet for OSSAA championship events through the '15-16 academic year. The net will offer more than 30 championship events and 13 highlight shows in '11-12 (FS Oklahoma).