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Volume 27 No. 5
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Media Notes

In Chicago, Phil Rosenthal notes the Cubs "expect they’ll be able to pressure Comcast" in their Marquee Sports Network carriage dispute by "reaching agreements with streaming services." Such deals "would pose a competitive threat to Comcast, perhaps incentivizing disgruntled Xfinity subscribers to cut the cord." But there is "work to be done on that front as well." A deal is in place with AT&T TV, but Marquee has "yet to reach carriage agreements with YouTube TV, Hulu with Live TV and FuboTV in the team’s market area" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 1/22).

YEAR 2: DEADLINE.com's Dade Hayes reported Bleacher Report has renewed the digital series, "Take It There With Taylor Rooks," for a second season. The show, which streams on YouTube and on the Bleacher Report site and app, will premiere Feb. 12 and "feature interviews" with Nets F Kevin Durant, Hawks G Trae Young and Thunder G Chris Paul (DEADLINE.com, 1/21).

LONG ROLL: In Albany, Pete Dougherty noted the Professional Bowlers Tour on ABC used to pack four matches into a 90-minute TV window, but the five-man stepladder finals of the HOF Classic "ran nearly 2 1/2 hours" Sunday on FS1. Over the decades, a 60-second commercial break has "evolved into four- to five-minute interruptions." What "bogged down the Fox telecast even more were the in-game features" (Albany TIMES UNION, 1/21).