Sunday, September 07, 2008

No More Hogs on KATV Come 2009

This also about a week old:

From ESPN:

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.

22 Comments:

At 7:04 PM, September 07, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That doesn't mean there will be no more Hog games on KATV. In fact, ESPN will be producing syndicated SEC games for distribution across the southeast, very similar to what Raycom does.

So, in other words, KATV will most liekly still broadcast some Hog games.

 
At 7:34 PM, September 07, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's about time those fifthly hog and football crap is getting off the air. All they ever talk about is football and basketball. They can put more on TV than football and basketball.

 
At 8:17 PM, September 07, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"fifthly" ???

If you don't like sports, then tune to PBS.

 
At 10:28 PM, September 07, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just as long as they are not aloud to produce any more games. What was up with the PPV?

 
At 10:32 PM, September 07, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"ALOUD"

Are you that stupid?

 
At 11:12 PM, September 07, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm posting to a blog not writing a book. My gosh you are a geek!

 
At 11:40 PM, September 07, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Carry Arkansas State. They would kick the crap out of the hogs!

 
At 12:24 AM, September 08, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A-State is the better team this year. I'm not an ASU grad or fan, but it is true. Maybe Raycom should carry the Sunbelt games.

 
At 8:51 AM, September 08, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KATV didn't get the ESPN contract to carry the games. A different station in town did. There will be a presser very soon.

 
At 9:11 AM, September 08, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That PPV Saturday was a complete and utter mess. It one broadcast, you had audio problems, losing the video signal, horrible video quality, graphics not being updated and more.

FOX46 used to air high school football games on Saturday afternoons that were shot with a camcorder. Those looked better than the PPV.

 
At 4:11 PM, September 08, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hopefully 40/29 won't get the contract either, maybe then ABC can broadcast their real games on an ABC affiliate vs. the crap games delaying real games...

 
At 4:20 PM, September 08, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"So, in other words, KATV will most liekly still broadcast some Hog games."

So, more sucky-quality broadcasts.

 
At 4:37 PM, September 08, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some earlier comments don't make any sense.
ESPN is owned by the same people as ABC, so it will branch out its games to ABC affiliates. KATV and KHOG are ABC affiliates, so they will get the first shot of anything like that and not "some other stations."

 
At 5:43 PM, September 08, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Guys the games are ESPN Plus so it's like Raycom. They bid them out just like Raycom does.

I have been in other markets and ESPN Plus games are on station other than ABC.

Word on the street is that KARK got the games and they will annouce soon!

 
At 6:29 PM, September 08, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Just as long as they are not aloud to produce any more games. What was up with the PPV?"

Seriously, what's been up with KATV recently? It's like when their tower fell, it took *all* their quality with it.

 
At 7:31 PM, September 08, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"... KATV and KHOG are ABC affiliates, so they will get the first shot of anything like that and not "some other stations."

wrong.

 
At 9:45 PM, September 08, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KATV and KHOG are ABC affiliates, so they will get the first shot of anything like that and not "some other stations."

Also Hearst (KHOG's owner) owns a stake in ESPN, so I can't see them not getting it...

 
At 12:27 PM, September 09, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

But what about this press release issued by UA a few weeks ago:

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. –KATV in Little Rock has agreed to assign its television and radio sports rights for the University of Arkansas to ISP Sports beginning with the 2008 football season. ISP will also manage all multimedia rights for the Arkansas athletics program, as Razorback Sports Properties.

Under the agreement, KATV, which previously served as the official radio and television rights holder for Arkansas, will remain the flagship television station of the new network that will carry extensive television coverage of the Razorbacks, including coaches’ shows, a statewide men's basketball game package along with numerous pre and post season special programs for football and basketball.

"ISP is truly excited to establish this new relationship with the University of Arkansas, one of the great athletic programs in the country," ISP Chairman and CEO Ben Sutton said in making the announcement. "We also are excited about being able to work with KATV and building on the 40-year tradition KATV has established in bringing the passion of Razorback athletics to the State of Arkansas.”

“We are pleased that, through our new agreement with ISP, KATV will remain at the forefront of Razorback coverage for many years to come,” KATV general manager Dale Nicholson said. “We have enjoyed our four decade partnership with the University of Arkansas and are looking forward to maintaining that relationship moving forward via our partnership with ISP as the continuing HOME OF THE RAZORBACKS.”

“From the beginning of our discussions with KATV and ISP, I was excited about what the partnership would mean for Razorback Athletics,” Arkansas Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Jeff Long said. “I have worked with a number of other multi-media rightsholders, but in my opinion ISP is the best and is clearly the leader in college sports. The uniqueness of the Razorback brand and the strength of our University and athletic programs provides us a tremendous opportunity to increase our brand locally, regionally and nationally. The increased exposure and enhanced opportunities for national sponsorships will compliment our outstanding statewide exposure provided by our long-time partner, KATV.

In addition, ISP will now manage certain media rights that were once managed by the school’s athletic department staff. Those include athletic venue signage, printed materials such as game programs, the official athletic website, ArkansasRazorbacks.com and at-event hospitality and promotional opportunities.

The new relationship makes ISP the school’s multimedia rightsholder for the next 10 years. As part of the agreement, Arkansas will be guaranteed a total of $73 million in the tenure of the contract. The $5.7 million in the first year of the contract represents a 67-percent increase in comparison to the $3.4 million generated last year.

“Our agreement with ISP not only helps protect us from uncertain financial times, but also guarantees revenue at a significantly higher level than what we have generated in the past,” Long said. “As our budget continues to reflect the increasing costs associated with operating a 19-sport program, the increased revenue generated from this partnership will help us secure the essential funding to support our more than 450 student-athletes and provide them the resources to succeed in the Southeastern Conference and nationally.”

ISP currently maintains more than 60 collegiate relationships with some of America's leading universities, conferences bowl games and venues. The company, which is based in Winston-Salem, NC, already has existing relationships with SEC members Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, South Carolina and Vanderbilt.

KATV is owned by Arlington, Virginia-based Allbritton Communications Company, a multimedia owner of television stations, newspapers and internet ventures around the country, including ABC Network stations in Washington, DC, Pennsylvania, Virginia, South Carolina, Alabama, Oklahoma and Arkansas.

 
At 3:21 PM, September 09, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

12:27pm Where do I start.....The SEC signed a new contract with ESPN to carry most all games.

Now the contact to have ESPN Plus is up for bid. It's like bidding on Raycom or Lincoln Financial. KATV has always carried these games.

So now the Regional SEC games on ESPN Plus is openning for bidding begaining next year. ANYONE CAN BID ON THEM.

The press release you posted talked about pre season basketball and coaches' shows. That's not what will be on ESPN Plus.

I hope this helps

 
At 1:46 PM, September 10, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

12:24-9/8, that makes perfect sense. Raycom can become a 'narrow-caster' and carry the SunBelt football games. They'll be tuning in the by the tens.

 
At 4:38 PM, September 10, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

ESPN is doing this for money. They sure aren't going to feel bad allowing Fox or NBC to air the SEC games because those stations were willing to pony up more money than the local ABC affiliate.

 
At 11:26 PM, September 15, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If KATV can't do a better job with the coaches show, they need to let someone else take it over.

Step it up KATV or get out of the way.

 

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