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leopard88

American Sports Network

A new PL TV deal has been announced. It looks like this includes both over-the-air coverage on Sinclair stations and cable substation coverage.

http://www.patriotleague.org/genrel/071714aab.html

http://www.bizjournals.com/baltim...unch-american-sports-network.html
Lafalum

Re: American Sports Network

leopard88 wrote:
A new PL TV deal has been announced. It looks like this includes both over-the-air coverage on Sinclair stations and cable substation coverage.

http://www.patriotleague.org/genrel/071714aab.html

http://www.bizjournals.com/baltim...unch-american-sports-network.html


So tell me what that means for us??
leopard88

Re: American Sports Network

Lafalum wrote:
leopard88 wrote:
A new PL TV deal has been announced. It looks like this includes both over-the-air coverage on Sinclair stations and cable substation coverage.

http://www.patriotleague.org/genrel/071714aab.html

http://www.bizjournals.com/baltim...unch-american-sports-network.html


So tell me what that means for us??


You know as much as I know.  Hopefully a few Lafayette games will be part of the package.

Sinclair is one of the largest (if not the largest) owners of local TV stations in the country, so its reach is pretty broad.  I'm not sure what stations it owns in the heart of PL territory.  However, it owns/operates two stations in Baltimore.
leopard88

The affiliate list is linked below.

[/url]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sinclair_Broadcast_Group#Station_affiliations[url]

There are a few stations in upstate New York and Western Pennsylvania, but not many elsewhere in PL territory.  However, the article said "other television broadcasters have expressed an interest in distributing the games in their markets", which could include stations in more traditional PL markets.
NewXbo

According to Sinclair's web site, they have entered into agreement with Conference USA, Colonial AA, Big South,  Southern Conference and the Patriot League.  They say they will offer live and exclusive of football, basketball, soccer and other unnamed sports.

Carolyn calls it, " exciting new development" and "allows us to showcase our schools ... across the country".

There is no mention of cable companies that will carry the broadcasts.
Bogus Megapardus

It's my understanding from the various press releases that the Sinclair games will be carried principally on over-the-air digital sub-channels of the stations that Sinclair owns or controls.  They could be sub-channels of any of a number of different national broadcast affiliates, depending on the market.
Lafalum

Bogus Megapardus wrote:
It's my understanding from the various press releases that the Sinclair games will be carried principally on over-the-air digital sub-channels of the stations that Sinclair owns or controls.  They could be sub-channels of any of a number of different national broadcast affiliates, depending on the market.


Will CBSSN still carry our games including the Lafayette Lehigh game. And will we still get games on the internet??
RichH

Yes lafalum. Deal does not alter CI or CBS per Femovich.
Bogus Megapardus

A map of Sinclair-owned television stations:


http://batchgeo.com/map/eed7b613e67166763582a43544627808
bethlehempard

Sinclair is indeed the biggest owner of TV stations in the U.S. and it has been acquiring more. It's known as a low-rent operator. When station employees hear their employer has been bought by Sinclair, it's bad news.
Sinclair will have about 160 stations when pending deals are done. Its credit rating is below investment grade.
FCC rules on owning more than one station in a market have complicated their transactions but there are ways around those rules.
Their broadcast sports may be great as long as it doesn't affect what we have, which is pretty good for a small school.
Excluding RCN's picture quality. But I'm glad we have it all the same.
NewXbo

There website says they have exclusive rights. So if they want to televise the Bucknell vs Lafayette basketball game or the Holy Cross vs Lafayette football game doe that mean RCN cannot broadcast the game?
leopard88

Sinclair's HQ is about a mile from my house, so that has increased my curiosity about this.

My suspicion is that even if they have exclusive rights, RCN may still be able to carry the Sinclair/American telecast.  There doesn't seem to be much overlap between Sinclair's markets and the heart of LSN territory.
NewXbo

leopard88 wrote:
Sinclair's HQ is about a mile from my house, so that has increased my curiosity about this.

My suspicion is that even if they have exclusive rights, RCN may still be able to carry the Sinclair/American telecast.  There doesn't seem to be much overlap between Sinclair's markets and the heart of LSN territory.


OK, maybe you could drive over there and make sure they have all our away games televised. Also make sure they are televised on networks that are carried by our cable companies:)
Bogus Megapardus

I'm beginning to fear that this whole thing might not end well.  Kind of like the whole FiOS debacle with Georgetown - "exclusive broadcast rights" means the right to not broadcast at all, while preventing others from doing so.

And what becomes of Gary Laubach, Mike Joseph, etc?  Does this alleged upstart sports network put their people in the booth?  That would raise the ire of many, I would think.
Bogus Megapardus

NewXbo wrote:
Also make sure they are televised on networks that are carried by our cable companies:)


The press release suggests that many/most games will NOT be on cable.  They'll be on second-level DTV sub-channels.
leopard88

NewXbo wrote:
leopard88 wrote:
Sinclair's HQ is about a mile from my house, so that has increased my curiosity about this.

My suspicion is that even if they have exclusive rights, RCN may still be able to carry the Sinclair/American telecast.  There doesn't seem to be much overlap between Sinclair's markets and the heart of LSN territory.


OK, maybe you could drive over there and make sure they have all our away games televised. Also make sure they are televised on networks that are carried by our cable companies:)


I'll pop in unannounced to state our demands.  If that doesn't work, I will start picketing.   Very Happy
Lafalum

leopard88 wrote:
NewXbo wrote:
leopard88 wrote:
Sinclair's HQ is about a mile from my house, so that has increased my curiosity about this.

My suspicion is that even if they have exclusive rights, RCN may still be able to carry the Sinclair/American telecast.  There doesn't seem to be much overlap between Sinclair's markets and the heart of LSN territory.


OK, maybe you could drive over there and make sure they have all our away games televised. Also make sure they are televised on networks that are carried by our cable companies:)


I'll pop in unannounced to state our demands.  If that doesn't work, I will start picketing.   Very Happy


I am gathering my pitchfork and torch…just say the word!!
leopard88

Lafalum wrote:
leopard88 wrote:
NewXbo wrote:
leopard88 wrote:
Sinclair's HQ is about a mile from my house, so that has increased my curiosity about this.

My suspicion is that even if they have exclusive rights, RCN may still be able to carry the Sinclair/American telecast.  There doesn't seem to be much overlap between Sinclair's markets and the heart of LSN territory.


OK, maybe you could drive over there and make sure they have all our away games televised. Also make sure they are televised on networks that are carried by our cable companies:)


I'll pop in unannounced to state our demands.  If that doesn't work, I will start picketing.   Very Happy


I am gathering my pitchfork and torch…just say the word!!
Very Happy
bethlehempard

The early word from a Lafayette person is there will be no or minimal effect on the LSN and number of games available.
That's good news. We have a better TV package than some bigger schools.
If the league were not committed to speaking in jargon at all time this might have been not been an issue.
Bogus Megapardus

Sinclair Broadcast Group is a public company.  Shares (as of today) sell on NASDAQ for $34.01.  I'm almost tempted to purchase a share and then make a shareholder's request to examine a copy of the Sinclair - Patriot League agreement.

I'm quite suspicious of this whole thing and I would not be pleased if it did damage to Lafayette's present relationship with RCN and CBS Sports.

Either that, or perhaps the Patriot League could publish the agreement's terms (without revealing the cost/price/fee structure or any other truly confidential material).
bethlehempard

They would not have to disclose anything. The league could speak with clarity on this as far as the effect on fans.  Maybe. League statements usually read like bad PR. A schedule would be helpful.
The league is "excited" about "initiatives" to pursue "excellence in academics and athletics" and the like. I don't think they are even trying to obfuscate.
They really think this is how organizations communicate.
Bogus Megapardus

bethlehempard wrote:
They would not have to disclose anything. The league could speak with clarity on this as far as the effect on fans.  Maybe. League statements usually read like bad PR. A schedule would be helpful.
The league is "excited" about "initiatives" to pursue "excellence in academics and athletics" and the like. I don't think they are even trying to obfuscate.
They really think this is how organizations communicate.


My concern is, what happens if Sinclair has "exclusive rights" and then decides not to broadcast a particular Lafayette game or games.  Would the Sinclair - Patriot League agreement prevent LSN, PLN, RCN, CBS Sports or ESPN3 from broadcasting that game?  Is Sinclair at liberty to transfer or assign its broadcast rights to another company?  If the whole thing goes bust and Sinclair's "American Sports Network" folds or goes bankrupt, do the broadcast rights revert to Lafayette, or to some bankruptcy creditor?  Does Sinclair get to choose who calls the game or does Lafayette?

I agree - reading the PL's press releases is like a bad game of B-School Buzzword Bingo.  But still, I'd be thrilled to pursue my exciting investigative initiative by partnering with relevant SEC regulations and requirements.
pards123

I didn't think of it this way originally, but I think I'm on board with you all that this could turn out very poorly. Hoping that's not the case
carney2

Like some of you I fear that this is merely further erosion of our magnificent TV coverage of major sports.  First came CBS-SN which exluded LSN from covering their telecasts.  That's fine if your cable coverage includes CBS -SN.  If it doesn't, you're screed - or forced to watch it on a computer screen.  And now this.  The "exclusive coverage" language is troublesome to say the least.
RichH

Exclusive now not really an issue. Is that term ltd to current markets or will it expands as ASN does. That concerns me,
Bogus Megapardus

RichH wrote:
Exclusive now not really an issue. Is that term ltd to current markets or will it expands as ASN does. That concerns me,


Good point.  And how is the PL compensated if the Sinclair market contracts?
bethlehempard

I have spoken to people at Lafayette and the league who are in a position to know. Both said the effect on local broadcasts will be minimal, perhaps nil. The ASN could broadcast a Lafayette or Lehigh game that was to be on RCN or SEC TV, but that will be rare if ever.
A statement by the league on the issue would be appreciated.
Obviously what's above applies mainly to Lehigh Valley residents.
Bogus Megapardus

Selfishly, all I care about is -

    1.  that every Lafayette football game is on Channel 60/RCN/PLN in high definition;

    2.  that Gary Laubach and Mike Joseph call all games; and

    3.  that the assuredly fine, upstanding folks at Sinclair never, under any circumstances, are in a contractual position to have any say in, or control over, either 1 or 2 (and that there is an acute financial disincentive if they even attempt to do so).

They can go mess with Metropolitan College and American U. all they want, however.



EDIT - On second thought, we should just build our own network with Ivy and the CAA and be done with it.  Who says this Gorshein fellow, who has bounced around from one failed enterprise to another, can do a better job than we can do on our own?

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