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Volume 25 No. 177
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Media Notes

In Dallas, Brad Townsend notes KTCK-FM on Thursday became the first local media outlet to "extensively question" Mavericks Owner Mark Cuban "about the seven-month investigation into sexual harassment allegations on the franchise's business side." KTCK hosts George Dunham, Craig Miller and Gordon Keith deserve credit for "asking all the hard questions," and so does Cuban for "answering those questions." However, after being questioned, Cuban said, "I came in to talk basketball. If I would have known we would have gone there, I wouldn't have shown up. Seriously. Because that's behind us" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 11/16).

TAKING OFF: In Houston, David Barron writes few things are "more indicative of the Astros' improved status in the Houston sports pecking order than the announcement this week that their night games will air next season" on KTRH-AM in addition to flagship station KBME-AM, which "will air the complete Astros schedule." iHeartMedia Houston in '13 "requested to change the Astros' flagship station from 50,000-watt KTRH to 5,000-watt KBME, which has signal issues north of the city." During summertime months, the move "will be a significant boost for the Astros' audience, particularly in areas outside the beltway" (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 11/16).

RAW DEAL: In S.F., Bruce Jenkins writes the "travesty of the Pac-12’s television contract has never been more evident" than it is now. Stanford-Cal on Saturday night "will be shown only" on Pac-12 Networks, thus shutting out thousands of fans who subscribe to DirecTV because it offers the most thorough sports coverage." At the "worst possible time," Pac-12 Nets is "showing more games than at any point this year." Another question is why ESPN would "choose Miami-Virginia Tech over a game with the tradition and coolness factor of the Big Game rivalry" (S.F. CHRONICLE, 11/16).