An article at TheInformation.com cites three sources has having knowledge of Fox’s desire to buy back the regional sports networks it sold to Disney as part of last month’s $71.3 billion deal that included a number of 21st Century Fox entertainment assets. Disney has been ordered to sell of the RSNs by the Department of Justice.
Earlier this month Bloomberg News reported that the 22 regional sports networks have drawn interest from content providers, venture capital groups, and sports agencies. The networks have been valued at between $15 and 20 billion if sold as a package.
They’re among the few groups of regional sports channels that are carried not only on cable and satellite services but on newer “skinny bundle” streaming services such as DirecTV Now and Sling TV. MoffettNathanson estimated earlier this year the channels earn about $2 billion a year before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization.
Rupert Murdoch and other Fox leaders have not made a decision on whether or not to bid. The article from TheInformation.com says that the network does see the value lost by no longer having the RSNs to pair with FS1 and Fox’s NFL coverage.
The Department of Justice has ordered Disney to sell off the FOX RSNs within 90 days of the deal between the two companies being completed. The deal still has some international hurdles to clear before that happens.
Joe Girardi Joining Marquee Sports Network
“I’m excited to join Marquee and look forward to working alongside Boog, JD, and Taylor this weekend at Wrigley Field,” said Girardi.
Marquee Sports Network has announced that former Chicago Cubs catcher, and Marlins, Yankees, and Phillies manager Joe Girardi is joining the network as a game analyst. Girardi will work this weekends series between the Cubs and Brewers, as well as a series against the Marlins in September.
Girardi has previously worked as an analyst for YES Network, MLB Network, and Fox Sports.
“I’m excited to join Marquee and look forward to working alongside Boog, JD, and Taylor this weekend at Wrigley Field,” said Girardi. “Growing up a Cubs fan and then having the chance to play for the team for a number of years, I’m honored to now have the opportunity to broadcast from the historic television broadcast booth.”
After a three-time World Series winner as a player, Girardi spent 15 seasons in the big leagues, seven of which came with the Cubs. The former catcher has spent parts of 14 seasons as a manager with the Marlins, Yankees, and Phillies. Girardi was fired as the manager of the Phillies on June 3rd.
“We’re pleased to welcome Joe Girardi to the Marquee Sports Network team,” said Marquee Sports Network General Manager, Mike McCarthy. “His insights as a long-time Cubs player and big league manager will be a valuable addition to the broadcasts. Welcome Joe!”
ACC Network Expands Women’s Basketball, Baseball Tournament Coverage
A report from Michael Smith of Sports Business Journal says ACC Commissioner Jim Phillips was the driving force in the move to ACC Network.
ESPN and Raycom have struck a deal to make ACC Network the television home of the women’s basketball and baseball tournaments, beginning with the 2023 season.
A report from Michael Smith of Sports Business Journal says ACC Commissioner Jim Phillips was the driving force in the move to ACC Network. Previously, the championship events had been distributed on Bally Sports South, which confused viewers.
“We are thrilled. This is a significant moment that will enhance these premier events and provide much-needed access to our fans,” Phillips said. “We appreciate ESPN, Raycom Sports, and Bally for mutually agreeing to make this happen.”
ESPN or ESPN2 will continue to carry the championship games for both the women’s basketball and baseball tournaments.
Michael McCarthy: Craig Carton Will Debut On FS1 Within Month, Nick Wright Not Leaving
“That doesn’t mean viewers should expect Wright to be Craig Carton’s partner on television.”
Michael McCarthy is the guest this week on The Jason Barrett Podcast. The Front Office Sports scribe is plugged into what is happening at FOX, and Barrett asked him to shed some light on the morning situation at FS1.
Jenna Wolfe recently announced her departure from First Things First. It is widely assumed that it is the first of many changes on the show to make way for WFAN’s Craig Carton, who will be starting his own morning show for the company.
“I think that Carton’s gonna get on the air literally within the next month,” McCarthy said. “I think the Jenna Wolfe move was the first in re-casting. It wouldn’t really surprise me to see some of the people from First Things First pop up on other shows.”
There is bound to be speculation about who is and isn’t safe amongst the First Things First cast. Michael McCarthy said one name no one needs to be worried about is Nick Wright.
McCarthy says he has been told by multiple people that FOX is high on Wright and has big plans for him.
“They think of him as the next Skip, the next Cowherd. So I think if anyone is sitting in a position to either of those talents at FOX, it’s Nick Wright. That’s how highly they think about him.”
That doesn’t mean viewers should expect Wright to be Craig Carton’s partner on television. McCarthy, who is a New Yorker, knows that not everyone is capable of being a good partner to the WFAN afternoon host. Not only is Nick Wright likely not a good fit for the role, but McCarthy couldn’t say who currently on the FOX payroll is.
“You really have to be secondary to [Carton’s] personality. He’s the show. So if you’re an Acho or a Marcellus or something like that, used to being the show, and you get together with a Carton, Carton’s gonna try and dominate the show. There could be a real clash of egos there.”