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STUDY: SPORTS WILL BOOST CABLE SUBSCRIPTIONS 40 PERCENT

December 3, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

With regional cable sports channels proliferating and paying billions of dollars for the rights to televise local teams, cable TV subscribers — whether they watch those channels or not — are likely to see their monthly bills rise an average of 40 percent to $125 over the next three years, the Los Angeles Times reported […]

CABLE OPERATORS MAY PUT A LID ON SOARING SPORTS COSTS

November 20, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

While cable and satellite operators have long complained about the cost of so-called retransmission consent fees — the fees demanded by broadcast stations to allow their signals to be carried by the operators — those fees actually pale in comparison with what the operators must pay to carry sports programming. And there are hints that […]

NETWORKS BLOWING IN THE WIND

August 26, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

President Obama today (Friday) urged Americans to take the threat of Hurricane Irene “seriously.” Certainly the broadcast networks and the cable news networks are, as well as local stations on the East Coast in cities that are likely to feel the brunt of the storm. (In fact, in New York City Thursday night, all three […]

BROADCAST TV CONTINUES TO CLOBBER CABLE

June 10, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

Say what you will about television audiences deserting broadcast television and switching to cable instead, a new analysis of Nielsen data indicates that broadcasters have little to worry about — at least at the moment. As reported by MediaPost.com, of the 100 top-rated television shows among 18-49-year-old viewers over the last season that ended last […]

DICK EBERSOL QUITS NBC

May 19, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Dick Ebersol has resigned as head of NBC Sports and Olympics, raising speculation that the network will not be so aggressive as it has been in the past at landing NFL telecasts and bidding on rights to future Olympic Games coverage. The New York Times reported on its website that while it appeared that Ebersol […]

ADS FOR POST-SEASON BASEBALL ALMOST SOLD OUT

October 4, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Demonstrating again how eager advertisers are to purchase time on DVR-proof sports telecasts, published trade reports said today that Fox has already sold out 90 percent of the commercial availabilities for post-season baseball. The league championship series, the reports said, is fetching $225,000 for each 30-second spot; the World Series, twice that amount. As usual, […]

NBC IN BLOW-OUT RATINGS VICTORY

September 15, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

It was the first week of the new season, and there, all to itself at No. 1, was NBC, the network that finished at the bottom of the heap last season. It was rescued by professional football, the sport it had abandoned in 1998 and remained aloof from until the 2006 season. Last week, two […]

HALL OF FAME BROADCASTER SCULLY TO RETURN NEXT YEAR

August 23, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Eighty-two-year-old Dodgers announcer Vin Scully, who, unlike most of the recent crop of sports broadcasters, has never lost sight of the fact that his principal function behind the microphone is to keep listeners entertained, will be doing so again next year. After previously announcing that this would be his last season in the Dodgers’ broadcasting […]

NBA CHAMPIONSHIPS SCORE A RATINGS SLAM DUNK

June 9, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Sports specials continued to run counter to the downward trend of most broadcast network ratings as the first two games of the NBA championship series attracted the biggest audience in 16 years and the first three games of the NHL Stanley Cup drew the strongest ratings in six years. Game 2 of the NBA Finals […]