FSN Midwest To Carry Royals Sports Television NetworkPublished June 5, 2003
|FSN Signs Deal To Carry Royals Games|
The Royals yesterday "struck a deal with Fox Sports Net" to carry the Royals Sports Television Network, which will air 114 games this season, according to Jeffrey Flanagan of the K.C. STAR, who notes that because FSN Midwest is carried by Comcast and Cox, RSTN "will be available to those subscribers." The multiyear deal "ends months of frustration" for the 100,000-plus Comcast subscribers in the K.C. area who have "been unable to watch Royals games this year." Royals Senior VP Mark Gorris: "We know this has been a frustrating time for fans unable to get this product. But it has been a necessary step to help secure the economics of this franchise." Flanagan notes, "In all, RSTN now will have a viewership base of 1.4 million people." However, while Dish Network and DirecTV carry FSN Midwest, "a deal between Fox Sports Net and those satellite companies has not been struck, and therefore RSTN will still not be available on satellite." Gorris: "That's an issue between Fox Sports Net and the satellite companies. They have separate language and separate economics in their deals. But in the meantime, we will continue to negotiate ourselves with Dish Network and DirecTV" (K.C. STAR, 6/5).
ANOTHER RSN? In Montreal, Stephanie Myles reports that "rumours going around town of a super-conglomeration of the Expos, Canadiens and Alouettes and the forming of a sports network around them" are news to the Expos. Expos Exec VP Claude Delorme: "I can tell you we've heard nothing of it. There has been no discussions with any party. The concept of a regional network is interesting, though; a lot of teams have gone in that direction" (Montreal GAZETTE, 6/5).
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