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  1. MadmanLA

    The Sports Media Thread

    Sinclair is also reportedly teaming with the Cubs to launch a new RSN, starting in 2020. This upcoming season is the final year of contracts between the Cubs and WGN-TV, WLS-TV (ABC), and NBC Sports Chicago. The other three major teams on NBCS Chicago's roster had just recently locked-up term broadcast deals starting next year, in which now all local Bulls, Blackhawks, and White Sox telecasts will be exclusive to that channel. That in turn means, unless one of the teams sub-license a package of games, or they go all-in on whatever local college sports is still available that doesn't have CBS/ESPN/Fox/NBC exclusivity, this pretty much kills live local sports on WGN-TV. I think even in that scenario, if all three happen to play at or around the same time, and the NBCS Chicago Plus feed being already used, the "odd team out" might be farmed out to either WMAQ (NBC) or its Cozi TV subchannel (some Cubs and White Sox NBCS-produced games were farmed there in recent years, due to conflicts). Chicago was the last major market in the country with still a significant amount of live local sports on broadcast TV...the NBC Sports agreement pretty much puts Chicago on par with the rest of the major markets in the country with local sports almost exclusively on cable/satellite/streaming. Compounding that issue even more is that Tribune is once again in the process of being sold to another broadcast group (Nexstar Media), and this particular broadcast group, from what I've seen and heard, runs their stations lean and cheap like Sinclair, but minus the forced political agenda.
  2. MadmanLA

    The Sports Media Thread

    Our CBS 2 here in Los Angeles also been an underperformer for decades as well (pretty much most of old-line CBS O&Os for that matter)...at least since the '80s, it's always been either ABC (7), NBC (4), KTLA (5), or Fox (11) at the top of the local news ratings. KTLA, much like WGN in Chicago, is a news-heavy station (has been a somewhat news-dominate station since it signed on in 1947), and their morning news program has dominated the local news ratings pretty much the last 25 years or so, with sometimes Fox 11's Good Day L.A. taking over the top spot, but one or the other always beat the Today Show, Good Morning America, and CBS This Morning no matter what. Sometimes, even the two big Spanish news-producing stations in town, Univision 34 and Telemundo 52, will beat KCBS in the local news ratings.
  3. MadmanLA

    The Sports Media Thread

    You and me both...if you really break it down to its core, the Fox-NFL TV deal changed the entire American TV business forever. At the same time you had stations that not only defecting to Fox, but to an lesser extent, ABC and NBC were also either working on keeping its longtime affiliations together as well, and in some cases, locking-up group-wide affiliations between the station groups and networks. I've done my share of reading and research on this stuff for years...of all the NFC markets at the time (and remember that Fox's first year of NFL coverage was also the final season the Rams [and Raiders] played in greater Los Angeles), Phoenix was probably the most affected, because four of its major commercial TV stations were involved, and each of them either swapped, lost, or a gained a network affiliation: KTVK Channel 3: ABC to independent KPHO 5: independent to CBS KSAZ 10: CBS to Fox KNXV 15: Fox to ABC Channel 15 was/still is owned by the E.W. Scripps Company, and Scripps signed a group-wide affiliation deal with ABC around 1994, mainly to keep ABC on its Detroit (WXYZ) and Cleveland (WEWS) stations. This same deal also saw KNXV and two other Scripps-owned Fox affiliates (KSHB Kansas City and WFTS Tampa) go to ABC, while Cincinnati's WCPO went from CBS to ABC. The Scripps-ABC agreement, in turn, also played a huge role in the Big Three network affiliates in both Baltimore and Denver conducting three-way swaps: Baltimore: WMAR-2, NBC to ABC; WBAL-11, CBS to NBC; WJZ-13, ABC to CBS Denver: KCNC-4, NBC to CBS; KMGH-7, CBS to ABC; KUSA-9, ABC to NBC (Scripps-owned at the time) CBS and NBC also conducted business between each other during that same mid-90s time frame, mostly trading stations for each other--Philadelphia's WCAU-10 went from being CBS-owned to NBC-owned, while CBS got back in exchange NBC's Denver (the aforementioned KCNC) and Salt Lake City (KUTV) stations, and the two networks also traded station frequencies in Miami (NBC's WTVJ moving from channel 4 to 6, and CBS' WCIX-6 becoming WFOR-4).
  4. MadmanLA

    The Sports Media Thread

    Correct...Entercom also bought the CBS radio stations about a couple years ago, and Radio.com was included in the CBS Radio divestiture to Entercom. Meanwhile, Fox and MLB extend their partnership through 2028, with a 36-percent increase in fees (going from the current $525 million/year to $715 million annually) starting in 2022; the current Fox-MLB deal runs through the end of 2021, and as part of the new agreement, Big Fox will be airing more LDS and LCS games once again, although not full series, with some LDS/LCS games still staying on FS1. MLB also signed a new agreement with new streaming service DAZN (pronounced 'Da Zone'), to offer a new highlight show, plus live game cut-ins on certain nights, not unlike MLB Strike Zone. Also included in this story, Rob Manfred signed an extension to continue as Commissioner of Baseball, through 2024.
  5. MadmanLA

    2018 NFL Season

    Unfortunately, the Coliseum's field conditions, at times during this football season haven't been much better either. They've re-sodded the field at least a couple of times this season, and it's been usually around those weekends they've hosted back-to-back USC and Rams games. The Coliseum's web site is selling tickets for the Chiefs-Rams game, but neither the Rams' nor Ticketmaster have yet updated the location for the game.
  6. George Preston Marshall deserves to be in the "Worst Owners" thread...not only he was a racist piece of :censored:, but his team was only forced to integrate (the last NFL team to do so) because they wouldn't have been allowed to play at then-DC Stadium if he didn't conform.
  7. MadmanLA

    NBA Changes 2018-19

    The streaks in the "LA" word mark kinda reminds me of the old Tribune Broadcasting/Entertainment logo from the 80s/90s, plus the "LA" from the Sports Arena midcourt logo (minus the palm tree in the "A"). In fact, looking at this picture (sorry, best image I could find), this was from the NBA 50th anniversary season, which was also the last season this particular court was used (USC basketball and the city high school basketball championships also played on this same particular floor).
  8. MadmanLA

    Worst owners in Sports

    Bringing it back to Dolan...I noticed the other night on my NBC station during the Packers-Patriots game that he and his MSG Company are partly funding the campaign of Inglewood mayoral candidate Marc Little, who's running against incumbent mayor James Butts in today's midterm elections. On the other side of it, Butts' campaign received a sizable contribution from Murphy's Bowl LLC, a company set-up by Steve Ballmer to oversee the building of the Clips' planned arena in Inglewood. Considering the game of politics, it's not unusual at all seeing politicians get huge sums of money from corporation, but it's a little funny because it basically involves one NBA team owner (from a different city at that) trying to block the another from building their own new arena in their home city. This trust fund baby has his own :censored:storm to worry about, in his own city.
  9. MadmanLA

    Worst owners in Sports

    Mike Brown. Jim Irsay. Jim Dolan. Virginia McCaskey and her sons. Jed York. Mark Davis. All proof that you should probably sell your team before you die, or in Charles Dolan's case, think twice about turning over your empire to your (ex-)alcoholic, wannabe jazz musician son.
  10. MadmanLA

    Worst owners in Sports

    Lamar Hunt was also one of the original owners of the Bulls, and kept his minority share of the team until he died, and from there it got passed down to his kids, along with their ownership of the Chiefs and the other holdings he had. Steinbrenner's share (ten percent) of Da Bulls was included in Reinsdorf's majority purchase of the team--Jerry and his group only paid $9.2 million for 56.8 percent in 1985. As far as the Wirtzes and their stewardship of the Bulls, I guess this could be proof of how much they thought of their basketball team... They never even bothered taking down the rink glass from the hockey games...lol This is circa 1973-74, but to be fair, this was during the dark years of the NBA, where except in a few cities, there were plenty of half-full to near-empty arenas nightly including in market #3.
  11. We can eliminate option 2 off the bat (no pun intended)...there's really no room in DTLA (particularly in that Staples/Convention Center/LA Live area), and the Dodgers play just outside of the western fringes of DTLA (essentially midway between DTLA and Hollywood), but still close enough for them to take issue having another team a just few miles away. Hell, the area around Staples has been construction-hell for the last few years, just with five new highrises being built to the west of Staples, on 12th Street, between Figueroa and Flower Streets. The last time this topic came up, I mentioned before that Ed Roski, after his City of Industry football stadium plan failed, tried to lure the Angels up the 57 freeway to a build a stadium complex on the Grand Crossing site, the closest Arte could perhaps ever get to Los Angeles proper, but still across the county line. Of course, that in part was used in the last negotiations with Anaheim. LMU properly stated why the Angels won't leave the L.A. market--Rupert Murdoch's annual $150 million check to Arte Moreno each spring.
  12. MadmanLA

    2018 MLB Season

    Maybe the biggest highlight in otherwise disappointing Detroit Tigers season, the team's TV voice, Mario Impemba, and color analyst Rod Allen got into a fist-fight at the Cell in Chicago, with supposedly Allen choking-out Impemba outside of their broadcast booth; the root of their argument was over a damn chair. Anyone familiar with this tandem already knows these two are not the best of friends at all...one of them is definitely not coming back to the Tigers' TV booth. https://www.clickondetroit.com/sports/sources-rod-allen-choked-mario-impemba-after-disagreement-over-chair-in-tigers-broadcast-booth
  13. MadmanLA

    The Sports Media Thread

    Prior to a few weeks ago, as he was reviewing the first episode of this season's Hard Knocks, I've never listened to one minute of Pat McAfee's podcast. Now, he's taking his show elsewhere else, as he and Barstool Sports are parting ways. The interesting part of this article from the Indianapolis Star is that McAfee relates the Barstool situation to when he was cut by the Colts in 2016, and the one-on-one conversation he had with now-ex GM Ryan Grigson that led to that McAfee being released. Apparently, Grigson didn't like one of McAfee's Instagram picture he took in the locker room (him posing a la Mr. Kennedy/Anderson with the overhead mic), and the two had words in which McAfree called out Grigson to his face regarding the offensive line and Andrew Luck not staying healthy. https://www.indystar.com/story/sports/nfl/colts/2018/09/04/pat-mcafee-barstool-sports-colts-ryan-grigson/1192911002/
  14. MadmanLA

    2018 NFL Season

    Just a week after State Farm signed a new naming rights agreement on the former Philips Arena in Atlanta, they also linked-up another similar agreement with the Arizona Cardinals for their digs in Glendale. This Sunday, they open at home against the Landover, Maryland football club, so the new stadium signage should be up by this weekend; meanwhile, the "University" of Phoenix still maintains their partnership with Big Red as the team's official education partner... https://www.abc15.com/sports/sports-blogs-local/cardinals-venue-to-be-known-as-state-farm-stadium
  15. MadmanLA

    The Sports Media Thread

    Oh yeah...they also get Channel 17 from Atlanta (Peachtree TV), the former localized version of TBS.