Orioles attorney Alan Rifkin and Owner Peter Angelos yesterday said that “reports of a possible MASN sale are inaccurate.” Rifkin: “There has been no contact. There has been no offer. There has been no discussion of it. MASN is not for sale." In Baltimore, Chris Korman notes the original report in this week's SportsBusiness Journal noted Fox and Comcast have had negotiations with Angelos “about acquiring his majority share of the television network and the rights to both Orioles and Nationals games” (BALTIMORESUN.com, 12/3).
PASSPORT REQUIRED: In London, Paul Kelso notes the EPL "secured a deal" to show matches on cruise ships and airplanes. The deal with IMG Worldwide will “mean games already broadcast in more than 200 countries worldwide are screened on select airlines and shipping lines using technology not available when the last TV deal was struck three years ago.” IMG in a release said that matches "would be shown live and in highlights on the Sport 24 channel on specially-equipped Lufthansa and Gulf Air planes as well as Norwegian Cruise Liners, and that discussions were taking place with a number of other airlines and cruise liner companies" (London TELEGRAPH, 12/4).
AM I HOT OR NOT? ADWEEK named ESPN as its “Hottest Sports Network” for ’12. The publication also named Golf Digest its “Best Publication For The Sports Nut” (ADWEEK, 12/3 issue).