Media NotesPublished June 26, 2012
TEXAS TWO-STEP: In Austin, Kirk Bohls cited a source as saying that Time Warner "is interested in trying to buy the Longhorn Network or at least partner with ESPN on the property" (STATESMAN.com, 6/25). However, TWC later dismissed that report and issued an official statement to Bohls stating, "We have not had any conversations to purchase the Longhorn Network nor made or received any proposals to purchase the Longhorn Network" (STATESMAN.com, 6/25).GONE SILENT: In Phoenix, Dan Bickley questions the temporary removal of D’Backs TV announcer Daron Sutton by writing, "This mysterious disappearance doesn't work." Sutton's "sudden ejection from the broadcast booth has led to rampant speculation." Bickley: "Fair or foul, you can't remove a play-by-play guy out of the broadcast booth during the middle of the season without explanation." The D'Backs have shown "very little public support for Sutton, other than to say that he hasn't broken any laws and is simply taking some time off." D'Backs President & CEO Derrick Hall "clarified one point and one erroneous report -- that Sutton was not suspended for a local radio interview or for being occasionally critical of the team." Hall said, "That report was an absolute joke" (ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 6/26).
Marketing and Sponsorship
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NBA Draft Sponsors Finalize Activation Programs
PGA Tour Taking Over Its Digital Rights From Turner Starting In January
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Bell, CBC Abandon Olympics Partnership, No Longer Bidding For Upcoming Games
Net Game: FCC Ruling Could Expand Tennis Channel's Distribution, Increase Sale Value
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Leagues and Governing Bodies
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Astros Develop $40M "Community Leaders Program" Signature Sponsor Initiative
Grizzlies Potential Buyer's Financials Could Be The "One Snag" In The Sale
Bobcats GM Overhauls Scouting System With Internet Database
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