Saturday, August 16, 2008

KATV Signs Hog Ball Rights Over to ISP Sports

Source: Associated Press A North Carolina firm, ISP Sports of Winston-Salem, is the new holder of television and radio rights for University of Arkansas sports events.

A joint news release yesterday said Little Rock television station KATV had signed over the radio and television rights for Arkansas to ISP. KATV will be the flagship television station for a new Razorback sports network.

KATV is owned by by Arlington (Virginia)-based Allbritton Communications Company.

ISP will also be the holder of multimedia rights to Razorback sports events, under the name Razorback Sports Properties.

The news release says the 10-year agreement will guarantee Arkansas $73 million, including $5.7 million in the first year. Last year, UA took in $3.4 million from the arrangement with KATV.

25 Comments:

At 4:41 PM, August 16, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'll bet Craig O'Neill is rolling on the floor shrieking right now.

 
At 4:44 PM, August 16, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What about KATV's Scott Inman, who the UA decides to bypass and instead chose Chuckles the Clown?
Inman could do a better job in his sleep than Barrett can.

 
At 6:05 PM, August 16, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KATV glory day's are long gone and they might as well bite the bullet on getting good on air talent.
It will be a long time before this news station get back on top. This news station has the worst on air talent i have ever seen. The News Director and General Manager have a poor choice in making decisions of who and what they put on air.

 
At 6:18 PM, August 16, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

One other thing people are so tired
of seeing and hearing the same old boring crap on Tv and this will make it more of a drag to watch.
If these people cannot do any better that putting this mess on the air it is time for all of them to step down.

 
At 6:52 PM, August 16, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

ISP guarantees the U of A $73 million over the next ten years. Money talks, folks.

 
At 9:37 PM, August 16, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A lot went down with that tower and Yep, "old yell in the mic" is not too happy about this.

 
At 9:37 PM, August 16, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A lot went down with that tower and Yep, "old yell in the mic" is not too happy about this.

 
At 9:38 PM, August 16, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A lot went down with that tower and Yep, "old yell in the mic" is not too happy about this.

 
At 11:58 PM, August 16, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

arkansas sucks anyway!

 
At 12:43 AM, August 17, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The people that run's the news makes it suck.They really need to step down and let new talent really show them how to do it.
Or better yet get local talent to do all of their work and teach them a lesson.

 
At 10:39 AM, August 17, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would like to see how everyone rates their GM's and ND's. I believe there are 8 GM/ND combos in the state. How do you rate yours?

 
At 11:08 AM, August 17, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh boy! Years of suckie-quality broadcasts. But it's the Hogs and we will watch anything as long as it's the Hogs.

 
At 12:51 PM, August 17, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

6:05 obviously hasn't been watching KTHV lately...THEY have the worst on air talent...7 just doesn't try because they suffer from people-have-ben-watching-us- for-years-and-all-we-have-are- bimbos-on-air syndrome

 
At 6:21 PM, August 17, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ole Pard will bring it all together.

 
At 9:02 PM, August 17, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why would Craig care?

He doesn't work for KATV and has no chance of becoming the next voice of the razorbacks.

 
At 7:57 AM, August 18, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Big Pard is riding off into the sunset.

The Hogs are gone, ARSN is no longer, mornig show is trying to be #3, #2 at 10, losing ground at 5 and 6. Yep sounds like a good time to call it quits. Todays media climate is changing and the old dionsaurs like Dale and KATV are dieing.

He shoule have retired years ago. They are fataly behind the curve on the transition to new media.

i wish him well.

 
At 2:27 AM, August 19, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

He was a great "Booth Man" at KATV in 1963.

 
At 7:50 AM, August 20, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The key word being "was"

 
At 8:43 PM, August 20, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hHe started out at KATV as late night booth announcer and made it to the top. That's probably more than you will ever do at your work.

 
At 7:58 PM, August 21, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It all depends on how you judge success. If success is being a major league a$$hole to everbody you work with and that works for you while becoming the GM of a TV station that you eventaully take to #1 and then watch it fall back to #2 (3 in many demos) then you're right. It's more then I'll ever be.

But if success is being a loving father and loyal husband that enjoys helping others all while enjoying a very comfortable lifestyle then I'm quite successful and very happy with my role in the world. And I don't have to sleep with every short skirt at work to be happy.

 
At 8:05 AM, August 22, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Smug little guy, aren't you?

 
At 9:20 AM, August 22, 2008, Anonymous J said...

beware the little people

 
At 6:51 PM, August 22, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

But if success is being a loving father and loyal husband that enjoys helping others all while enjoying a very comfortable lifestyle then I'm quite successful and very happy with my role in the world. And I don't have to sleep with every short skirt at work to be happy.

Hey, he got the job done. How many do you have to sleep with to get the job done?

 
At 11:33 AM, August 26, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can anything be done to bring the KTHV early morning show to life. And, that wide shot and pan when going into the segment is getting a little old.

 
At 2:12 PM, August 26, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The final nail in KATV's Razorback coffin.


The Southeastern Conference has signed a 15-year deal with ESPN reportedly worth more than $2 billion to televise sporting events, including football and men's and women's basketball.

The agreement announced Monday is the longest ESPN has ever signed and matches the length of the powerhouse league's deal with CBS earlier in August.

"This agreement makes the SEC the most widely distributed conference in the country," said SEC Commissioner Mike Slive. He declined to disclose financial terms.

"The bottom line here is that fans of SEC football will have more access to games and better distribution than they ever have in the past," Slive added.

The deal begins with the 2009-10 season and ends the league's look into starting a network to carry its sporting events.

ESPN will have rights to every SEC home football game not on the network package and all league matchups will be shown on some outlet, including at least 20 a year on ESPN or ESPN2. That includes two primetime Thursday night matchups and Saturday night games.

"We're thrilled with the historic nature of this deal," ESPN executive vice president John Skipper said, adding that college sports have been "part of our DNA" for nearly 30 years. "It's not hard to figure why we'd want to be involved with it, given the quality of SEC sports, for 15 more years."

Alabama coach Nick Saban said the league's exposure nationally helps in recruiting and image.

"One of the reasons that this league has developed into one of the top leagues in the country is because we have tremendous exposure," Saban said. "I think we had the best exposure from a TV standpoint in our last contract and this one is only going to enhance it more."

The new deal will also add a second and third night of SEC basketball coverage on ESPN and ESPN2 each week. ABC will add two nationally televised regular-season hoops games and broadcast the SEC tournament semifinals and championship game.

ESPN's various outlets will carry more than 5,500 SEC events over the 15-year period, including league championships in women's basketball, baseball, softball and gymnastics.

The deal will end the SEC's affiliation with Raycom Sports, which has aired basketball since 1986 and SEC football since 1992.

 

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