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The network has continued to show fights on TV, but have also added the ability to watch live streaming cards using computers, mobile phones, and other devices. Between and the sports network first started showing fights exclusively from Top Rank promotions.
Cable operators say his News Corp. ESPN would not comment on its strategy, but sources at the company say that Disney Chairman Michael Eisner is asking tough questions about why the network missed the opportunity to expand into regional sports before Fox began driving up prices with its big push in It would have given us local footage and saved enormously on production costs.
Fox Sports, a joint venture of News Corp.
Those fortunes could turn around now that Fox Sports can offer advertisers a variety of packages, including a national reach that compares with that of ESPN, with the higher ratings that local games command. Yet sources say Liberty may be losing the stomach for the increasingly high stakes of the sports game and is interested in selling out to its partner.
Cable operators, including Liberty parent Tele-Communications Inc.
Last week, Disney prevailed in a court fight against Fox, clearing the way for its launch of a regional sports channel to challenge the two that Fox Sports operates in Los Angeles. As a result of the settlement, Disney is expected within the next few years to offer a channel featuring the games of its two professional Orange County sports teams, the Mighty Ducks hockey club and the Angels baseball team.
Disney had sued Fox for shifting Ducks games from an existing channel, Fox Sports West, to a new one with little reach. The two rivals reached a settlement last Friday that allows Fox to keep the Ducks on the new channel only through the season, rather than The deal lets Fox continue televising Angels games through For instance, to gain a foothold in Dallas last year, Fox Sports paid Lin Broadcasting a tidy profit to sublicense rights to Rangers baseball games.
And a battle between Fox and Disney is beginning to brew in Florida, where H. Cablevision sources say it has the right of first refusal to buy the network, which it wants to merge with the Sunshine Network--owned by Fox and a group of cable operators.
SportsChannel Florida says Disney has expressed interest in buying the channel and would be a perfect fit because of the possible tie-ins with Disney World and the new sports arena it has opened at the theme park.
With eight professional sports teams in Florida, there may be room for two channels, although Cablevision doubts it.