June 3, 2013 |
DOVER, Del. - Fox Sports still doesn't know the reason for the broken television cable that interrupted last week's Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway for nearly 30 minutes. Artie Kempner, the lead director for Fox Sports NASCAR and NFL, apologized during yesterday's prerace drivers meeting. "It's a personal project for us, because we work with these guys every week," Kempner said. "We want to let them know we don't ever want to be the story. " Kempner, a Wilmington resident, said the investigation by Fox Sports into what caused the cable to snap and fall onto the track and grandstands continues.
May 28, 2013
Fox Sports said Monday it still had not determined why an overhead TV camera cable snapped during the Coca-Cola 600 in Concord, N.C. The network said that use of the camera is suspended indefinitely. Charlotte Motor Speedway said 10 people were injured when part of the drive rope landed in the grandstand; three were checked out at hospitals and released. Several drivers, including then-leader Kyle Busch , reported damage to their cars. COLLEGES: Gloucester County College routed Waubonsee (Ill.)
May 1, 2013 |
STAMFORD, Conn. - Officials call Connecticut the sports-media headquarters of the world, with the 19-building complex that is ESPN in Bristol and offices for World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. and the Yankees' YES Network here. Now they can add NBC Sports. Lured by generous tax credits and modern TV studios, the Comcast Corp.-owned NBC Sports is bailing on 30 Rockefeller Plaza in midtown Manhattan - the most prestigious address in the TV business - after rehabbing and reconfiguring a Clairol hair-products factory for $100 million.
April 30, 2013 |
THERE HAS BEEN talk of the Phillies starting their own network a la the New York Yankees. That almost certainly won't happen for a variety of reasons. Now comes talk of another possibility: That Fox Sports will bid for the broadcast rights for Phillies games when the team's current contract with Comcast runs out in 2015. According to a report on Yahoo, Fox Sports, which is launching Fox Sports 1 in August, will pursue the Phillies. "They want Philadelphia," a source with knowledge of Fox's plans told Jeff Passan of Yahoo.
March 7, 2013 |
Fox Sports Media Group, a division of News Corp., is elbowing into the national 24-hour cable sports arena with Fox Sports 1, which will debut Aug. 17. It had been one of the worst-kept secrets in the media business that Fox was planning a sports cable channel, as it acquired billions of dollars in TV sports rights over the last 16 months. The company officially disclosed the new channel at a New York media event Tuesday and said it would air NASCAR, Major League Baseball, college football and basketball, soccer, and Ultimate Fighting Championship events.
March 7, 2013
Starting in 2014, cable will be needed to watch much of the Major Leagues' postseason. Fox Sports 1, the new sports cable network launching in August, will join TBS in carrying the American League and National League Championship Series. In the past, all the Fox games would have aired along with American Idol and The Simpsons on the regular Fox Network. This move makes the World Series the only part of baseball's postseason on free TV completely. Teixeira teed off Yankees slugger Mark Teixeira will miss the World Baseball Classic because of a strained right wrist.
January 28, 2013 |
The rebranded NBC Sports Network is looking for sports fans. The National Hockey League lockout and a transition to new sports programming - after dropping UFC mixed-martial arts bouts and bull-riding - resulted in the Comcast Corp.-owned 24-hour sports network posting eight months of lower prime-time viewership in 2012. In December, its worst month, an average of 58,000 homes tuned in to the channel during prime time compared with 158,000 homes the previous year, according to Nielsen.
December 3, 2012 |
PISCATAWAY, N.J. - As Bruce Springsteen's "Candy's Room" blasted into the tailgating crowd, young men and women bounced up and down in the bed of a pickup truck. To howls of "Give me an R!" they responded gleefully. It was Thursday evening outside Rutgers University's High Point Solution Stadium before a final regular-season game that pitted the Scarlet Knights against the Cardinals of the University of Louisville for the Big East football title. The Knights lost the game, nationally televised on ESPN, in a wild 20-17 finish.
November 25, 2012 |
ESPN, a division of the Walt Disney Co., has reached an agreement to televise all of the Bowl Championship Series college playoff and championship games through the 2026 football season for about $7.3 billion, or $610 million a year. The 12-year, 84-game deal announced Wednesday includes the Orange, Sugar, and Rose Bowl games and is part of a recent boom in professional and college sports rights as TV networks seek to secure highly watched games for audiences. The Inquirer reported on Sunday that ESPN, Fox Sports, Comcast/NBC, Turner, and CBS had agreed over the last 20 months to pay $72.4 billion for the national rights to televise live games well into the next decade.
November 19, 2012 |
Whether you are a wild-eyed fanatic or a sports agnostic, you are paying a lot in your monthly bundled cable-TV bill - about 50 percent of the programming costs - for football, baseball, and other live games. And that price will continue to rise for two basic reasons: The audience for sports is vast and insatiable, and media companies are spending billions more each year for the broadcast rights to keep fans glued to their TVs. The soaring prices for sports rights are being shouldered by almost everyone who pays a TV bill but falling hard on those who don't care about sports and often don't know how much they are paying for entertainment they aren't watching.