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The Biz of Baseball website says the MLB Network will have the biggest cable/satellite launch ever, reaching some 47 million homes when it turns the switch on next year. That’s bigger than MSNBC when it launched in 1996. Of course, the cable universe was smaller back then. Here’s a list of operators which will and will not carry the network at launch. When you have heavy hitters Bright House, Cablevision, Charter, Comcast, Cox, DirecTV and Time Warner on board, that’s a lot of customers who’ll be able to see the channel. Among those not carrying are Dish Network and Mediacom. The numbers of those not carrying will likely shrink before launch.
CNBC’s Darren Rovell has some good stuff today. He says the ratings for the NBA Finals, projected to be San Antonio-Detroit has low numbers written all over it and he cites evidence that the Spurs are not a national draw. And Rovell links to this article from Bob Keisser from the Long Beach Press-Telegram saying the NHL’s ratings are lower than among other telecasts, the WNBA and Arena Football.
Joe Davidson of the Sacramento Bee says Comcast is going to be a major player in the Bay Area now having purchased Fox Sports Net Bay Area. FSNBA has the rights to the Oakland A’s, San Francisco Giants, Golden State Warriors and San Jose Sharks. Comcast’s own channel in the area has just the Sacramento Kings so when these two channels are merged, it’ll be a powerful Regional Sports Network.
Over to Milwaukee and the Journal-Sentinel’s Bob Wolfey, who says that the NBA is not on the national radar right now.
The Boulder Daily Camera (strange name for a newspaper, but maybe it’s me) has a story on the Big 12 Conference naming Dallas as host for its football title game in 2009 and 2010. In addition, the conference has decided to move its basketball conference tournament final to a Saturday night. It’s currently on Sunday afternoon.
John Maffei of the North County Times says it may be playoff season in the NBA and NHL, but he says finding the games and the times can be difficult.
Tom Hoffarth of the LA Daily News has his news & notes column which includes his take on the hiring of Keyshawn Johnson by ESPN.
Judd Zulgad from the Minneapolis Star-Tribune has news that Fox Sports Net North has signed the Minnesota Timberwolves to a new contract which means the RSN has all four major teams in the Twin Cities under its umbrella.
Doug Nye in the State (SC) says even though the University of South Carolina left the ACC for the SEC, TV execs still consider Columbia as an ACC market. Nye says this sometimes causes problems.
Thanks to the 38 Cliches blog, we have another anti-Glenn Geffner article, this one from Barstool Sports, a Boston free magazine. From its Random Thoughts for yesterday, the writer has some pretty harsh words for Goofie. If you want to scroll from that post, you can check out some pretty nice pics of Lindsey Lohan, another Fang’s Bites fav.
That’s it for the time being. I’ll be back with primetime viewing choices and maybe some more goodies later. Long weekend so have fun.