Friday, July 18, 2014

Sinclair Launches Sports Network

The soon new owner of KATV/Channel 7/Little Rock has announcedit has launched a sports network.  Sinclair Broadcast Group says it will launch The American Sports Network just in time for the college football season.  Below is part of the news release:

Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc.announced today that it has launched the American Sports Network ("ASN"), a collegiate sports initiative to be broadcast on a number of Sinclair's broadcast television stations, and has entered into comprehensive sports rights agreements with a number of distinguished NCAA Division I conferences including Conference USA, the Colonial Athletic Association, Big South Conference, Southern Conference, and Patriot League.  The initiative will be led by Doron Gorshein, Chief Operating Officer of Sinclair Networks, a division of Sinclair, who joined the Company in January 2014.  The announcement was made by David Smith, President and CEO of Sinclair. 
Under these agreements, Sinclair will premiere an extensive slate of live, local sporting events, including football, basketball, soccer, and other sports with the opening of this year's college football season.  The initial launch will include over 50 universities and colleges.  These local, live, exclusive games will be broadcast in different regions of the country, including where the conferences are located.  Sinclair's broadcast stations will either be carrying the games and original content as part of the primary program line-up (generally on the Company's CW and MyNet affiliates) or as part of second channels (sub-channels of the primary station's signal), complimented by access and distribution on digital platforms.  Subject, among other things, to successfully securing carriage agreements with distributors in the future, the Company's plans may include potential development of new cable networks and digital platforms focused on these new content initiatives.  In addition, other television broadcasters have expressed an interest in distributing the games in their markets.  Additional content and distribution elements will include programming that showcases the colleges, students, and student-athletes, focusing on their aspirations and achievements.

"Broadcasters serve and are closely connected to their communities, of which the colleges and universities are an integral part," commented Sinclair Networks COO, Doron Gorshein.  "We believe there is significant value and consumer appeal for live sporting events from these important institutions, and we can offer expanded distribution through our broadcast platforms, as well as on potential new platforms, deepening our connection to our communities.  We're proud to be working with the Conferences on this initiative, which combines compelling local sports and related content, with enhanced localism, diversity, and positive social purpose."


At 6:54 PM, July 19, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What writers KTHV has. Available video? Semi-automatic handgun of unknown caliber? Like the size of the gun's barrel matters to the story. Stop with the college-level reporting, Channel 11. Hire some pros.

SHERWOOD, Ark. (KTHV) - On Sunday, a robbery occurred at the Shell Superstop on Warden Road in Sherwood.

Available video depicts the suspect wearing a sock on his right hand, a reversed black and yellow hoodie with the word "Trojans" embroidered on the chest, and brandishing a semi-automatic handgun of unknown caliber.

As the suspect fled the scene, he ran to a waiting vehicle of unknown description, parked on 67/167 Southbound.

In the late evening hours of Sunday, May 4, a robbery occurred in Jacksonville, under similar circumstances, which lead investigators to believe the two crimes may be related.

Please contact the Sherwood Police Criminal Investigation Division (501) 834-8799 if you have any information about this incident.

At 5:16 PM, July 21, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brandishing? Yeah, that's how the reporter must talk to friends after work at a bar. Not.

In other news, Is KATV getting rid of the local sports department?

At 9:29 AM, July 22, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interesting article on TVspy:

Q2 Earnings: Gannett Broadcasting Revenue Up 88%By Merrill Knox on July 22, 2014 10:09 AMGannett Broadcasting reported $398.3 million in revenues for the second quarter of 2014, an 88 percent increase compared to the year-ago quarter. The increase was a reflection of Gannett’s acquisition of Belo, as well as higher retransmission revenue and political revenue “across all of our stations,” according to the company.

On a pro forma basis, broadcasting segment revenues were up 13.4 percent and retransmission revenues were up 66.6 compared to the year-ago quarter. Pro forma digital revenues were up 15.2% compared to the second quarter of 2013.

“Our expanded broadcast portfolio drove overall company margin expansion during the quarter, as we continue to transform Gannett into a higher margin, higher growth business,” Gannett CEO Gracia Martore said in a statement.

At 11:50 AM, July 22, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why does the KATV website say there is a weekend sports anchor job open? I guess I missed that one.


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