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Sinclair, Tribune Close to Merger Deal

Discussion in 'General TV' started by MidwestTV, Mar 15, 2017.

  1. CalItalian2

    CalItalian2 AM Anchor

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    There is plenty of talk about ending Thursday Night Football. That the NFL is overexposed. Also, you're fogetting what new media - which has been putting its toe in the water - may want to pick up and leave the old media set up behind. Whomever has the biggest checkbook.
     
  2. CalItalian2

    CalItalian2 AM Anchor

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    Oakland only through 2019. Before the current contract expires.
     
  3. H4UL4U

    H4UL4U Assignment Editor

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    More food for thought regarding Fox network's sports coverage. This year they added more Big 10 and I'm not sure how many over coference's (Big XII?) football and basketball games. This is more of a rhetorical question than anything: Could they (FTS) be looking to swap ownership of their affiliates in big-ratings college markets (Birmingham, Columbus, Oklahoma City/Tulsa) as well as NFL markets?

    Clearly Fox sees a future in sports television, and I for one think they're onto something. With so much cord-cutting and ESPN hemorrhaging subscribers there might be a future in bringing more sports back to OTA broadcasters since unlike entertainment programming you have to watch the commercials and you can't stream it at a later time.

    If FTS is looking to add 6 to 10 more O&O stations, that's a lot more than the remaining NFC markets they do not currently operate a station in.
     
  4. nomadcowatbk

    nomadcowatbk Primary Anchor

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    possibly Monday Night Football if ESPN makes a low ball offer, like CBS did for the NFC in 1993, allowing Fox to nab those, they couldn't have both regional AFC and NFC Sunday games on the same network
     
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  5. nomadcowatbk

    nomadcowatbk Primary Anchor

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    as of the 2019 season, Las Vegas Raiders - Meredith
     
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  6. ColDayNews

    ColDayNews Primary Anchor

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    I’d love to see a Fox O&O WTTE in Columbus, however... would Sinclair be interested in splitting one of their oldest duopolies and would Fox be interested in starting from scratch?

    I don’t think Fox would be interested in their affiliates in Birmingham or OKC. Those are both sub-50 markets on the decline, while Columbus is a upper-midsize growth market.
     
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  7. T.L. Hughes

    T.L. Hughes News Director

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    First, Fox would be interested in starting from scratch if it acquired WTTE, which I think might be a longshot. Fox Television Stations has launched upstart news operations as recently as 2014, it just hasn't bought a station that has very interwoven ties to a Big Three affiliate as WTTE does. Secondly, Birmingham and Oklahoma City are actually on the lower rung of the top 50. According to 2017-18 Nielsen rankings, OKC is #41 (probably its highest rank since the late 1980s, as the market has usually fallen at or around 45th place for much of the past two decades) and Birmingham is #44.

    However, Birmingham is basically off the table, as Fox has a strong affiliate in WBRC, which is a Raycom property (Sinclair owns ABC affiliate WBMA, CW affiliate WTTO/WDBB, which incidentally was that market's original Fox affiliate until the September 1996 affiliation switch, and MyNetworkTV affiliate WABM), and I think while KOKH/KOCB and KFOR/KAUT are divestiture bait, it's more likely that one of those two duopolies goes to a private owner (like Meredith, Raycom or Nexstar). I'd be shocked and surprised if Fox acquired any stations in OKC, but I definitely wouldn't hate it; if it did, it would create a situation analogous to what exists with KTBC, as Oklahoma City, like Austin, is effectively part of the Dallas Cowboys' secondary market area.
     
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  8. JCB4TV

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    Personally, I would like to see KFOR/KAUT to go to TEGNA so it can be paired some of NBC's other crown jewel affiliates. KFOR is too good for both Sinclair or Nexstar to crap on.
     
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  9. NCFLMedia

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    I rather see Cox instead.
     
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  10. SoFloTVClassics

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    *snickering* XD
     
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    I'd prefer Graham, Scripps or even Meredith.
     
  12. T.L. Hughes

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    I wouldn't pooh-pooh on Cox getting KFOR/KAUT. It already has a television duopoly (KOKI/KMYT), five radio stations and a cable system in Tulsa, it also has a cable system in Oklahoma City (not to mention branding rights to the city's convention center, but that's beside the point). I would be plausible for Cox to acquire either KFOR/KAUT or KOKH/KOCB, if it wanted to expand its association with OKC.
     
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    I would imagine they'd be more interested in KOKH simply for the synergy possibilities with it and KOKI.
     
  14. cna247

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    I don't think he was pooh-poohing on Cox getting them. I think he was laughing at the other way NCFLMedia's statement sounded (not related to anything TV).
     
  15. T.L. Hughes

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    Duly noted. Never mind then.
     
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    And re-imaging it would be a cinch since they could just clone WFXT on KOKH!
     
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    Don't forget, if as rumored, Altice does end up buying Cox's cable systems (assuming they do offer a price the family will accept - and don't pooh pooh, it, no one expected the Dolan's to sell Cablevision) they will be sitting on a pile of cash.
     
  18. NEOMatrix

    NEOMatrix aka Raycom's God of Destruction

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    I would more than likely expect Charter to buy up Cox and Altice (Suddenlink AND Cablevision).
     
  19. Nicktes95

    Nicktes95 Assignment Editor

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    Yeah, but what about the owners of Fox affiliates in NFC markets?

    NFC East
    Dallas Cowboys - O&O
    Washington Redskins - O&O
    Philly Eagles - O&O
    New York Giants - O&O

    NFC North
    Detroit Lions - O&O
    Chicago Bears - O&O
    Green Bay Packers - Sinclair
    Minnesota Vikings - O&O

    NFC South
    Atlanta Falcons - O&O
    Carolina Panthers - O&O
    New Orleans Saints - Raycom (Benson sold WVUE outright to said company)
    Tampa Bay Buccaneers - O&O

    NFC West
    Los Angeles Rams - O&O
    Seattle Seahawks - Tribune --> Sinclair or Fox (more than likely the latter)
    San Fransisco 49ers - O&O
    Arizona Cardinals - O&O

    Oh that's right, Fox owns all but 3 (2 once the Sinclair-Tribune merger is done) of the Fox affiliates in the NFC markets.

    Also, if any team should move elsewhere (regardless of what others may think due to circumstances such as high crime rates), it should be the Detroit Lions, Philly Eagles (once Philly itself drops below DMA #5), and the Oakland Raiders (they're due to move by the 2020 NFL season).

    Or one similar to WTVT and WOFL for the Buccaneers, or preferably soon, Q13 and KPTV for the Seahawks. And correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't the state of Utah (DMA #30 and growing, partly because Mormons and partly because of people moving there) a secondary market for the Cardinals? (KSTU being the Fox affiliate that was once an O&O from the 90s up til a decade ago)

    What, is Nexstar conservative too?
     
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  20. TVNewsLover

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    Huh? The Eagles and Lions are going no where. Since when is high crime rate a reason to move a team? Who said that a stadium has to be built in the most dangerous neighborhoods of these cities, or even in these city itself as opposed to the suburbs. And how is this even related to the discussion?
     

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