CBSSN Will Not Show U.S. Open If CBS-TWC Dispute Continues Through Tournament
CBSSN "won’t be stepping in as a substitute for CBS’s presentation" of the U.S. Open "should the broadcaster’s retransmission-consent disconnect with Time Warner Cable continue into Labor Day weekend," according to Mike Reynolds of MULTICHANNEL NEWS. CBS Sports President David Berson said that providing CBS’ feed of the tournament is "not in play as an alternate means to deliver the broadcaster’s coverage to 3 million TWC customers in eight markets." Berson said, "CBS Sports Network is its own national network, with a separate national feed. We don’t have the technical capability to (make a switch). And two, most markets will be getting the CBS feed." The net will "show third- and fourth-round matches not airing on CBS" during the 11:00am-6:00pm ET window on Aug. 31, Sept. 1 and Labor Day, Sept. 2. CBS Sports Group Chair Sean McManus said that "from a contractual standpoint CBS Sports Network also could not serve as a substitute outlet for the broadcast network’s coverage of NFL games," which begin on Sept. 8 (MULTICHANNEL.com, 8/20). The HOLLYWOOD REPORTER's Marisa Guthrie reported CBS "took out full-page ads in New York area newspapers this week designed to raise the hackles of football fans." McManus said, "The NFL certainly is a pressure point." He added of the TWC-CBS dispute, "I hope it's resolved so our viewers can watch NFL football" (HOLLYWOODREPORTER.com, 8/20).