Thursday, October 30, 2008

No pregame, postgame shows for Warriors

The Warriors have begun their season on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, but the broadcasts don't include a pregame or postgame shows. That's because the Warriors, owned by Chris Cohan, sued CSN Bay Area in April. The Warriors claimed that terms of their agreement with CSN were disclosed to the Giants when the baseball team bought a stake in CSN. Back in May, when the suit was filed, the SF Business Times noted:
    The lawsuit highlights the competitive environment between the Bay Area's pro teams over broadcast deals, which can involve millions of dollars and whose details are closely guarded secrets of any franchise. In addition to airing most Warriors games, Comcast SportsNet has deals with the San Francisco Giants, Oakland A's, San Jose Sharks and other local teams. ...

    The Giants get the highest rights fee, estimated at a few million dollars annually, followed by the A's, Sharks and Warriors, the sources said.

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