The Spirit Of St. Louis: FS Midwest Reaches Deal To Carry Pacers In STL
FS Midwest and the Pacers have struck a deal to "televise 38 of Indiana’s 50 remaining games" in the St. Louis market starting with Friday night's game against the Celtics, according to Dan Caesar of the ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH. FS Midwest GM Jack Donovan said that "live sports telecasts are a priority." He added that the "absence of Blues games because of the NHL lockout had no impact on adding the Pacers." Caesar reports the Pacers' games Friday and Saturday will "appear on Fox Sports Plus, the outlet to which spillover programming is sent when another event airs on the 'main' channel." Only eight of the 38 games on the schedule "are set for the primary FSM channel." The St. Louis market is in a "bit of no-man's land for pro basketball," with the Pacers, Bulls and Grizzlies "all being within about 250-300 miles" of the city. FS Midwest had been "considering airing a mix of Pacers, Grizzlies and Oklahoma City Thunder telecasts ... but it will show only the Pacers for now" (ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 1/4).