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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

SNY stepping up attempts to televise UConn games

Whispers have circulated over the last year about SNY’s intention of making a run at securing the right for UConn women’s basketball games.

A source confirmed to the Register that SNY is expected to make a presentation to UConn officials on Friday, information first reported by The Day of New London.

CPTV has been broadcasting UConn women’s games, not contractually obligated to other stations, for the past 18 seasons but their contract with UConn expires at season’s end.

SNY, which has a working agreement to televise selective UConn football and men’s basketball games, has enough financial clout to make the people at CPTV concerned. The Day reported that CPTV made its presentation to UConn last week and that Fox 61 is also involved.

Multiple sources told the Register that there is no firm timetable for all of this to be resolved but what I am hearing is that the winning bidder could be announced by the end of the month.

I could be wrong but I don't see Channel 61 being a major player in all of this. If the money figures are close and I have been receiving conflicting reports regarding that, I would think that CPTV would be the leader in the clubhouse thanks to its years of service and the fact that there are no concerns about scheduling conflicts for CPTV where UConn women's basketball is of the highest priority. I just don't see that being the case. If CPTV does lose the rights, it will because it became a victim of its own success. When CPTV first started televising UConn women's games a generation ago, there were a few raised eyebrows from naysayers wondering if enough people would tune into a women's basketball game. Well CPTV's broadcasts set records and became must see TV in Connecticut. Another thing perhaps working in CPTV's favor is that the station can be viewed without cable television or a satellite dish. UConn games can be seen not only in Connecticut but in pockets in New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

One person I spoke to today about the matter said "it would be a huge disservice for the state" if CPTV were to lose the rights.

On the other side, if SNY were to pony up the big bucks to secure the rights I don't buy the argument that it would give UConn women's basketball second-rate coverage. Sure, the other responsibilities the station has (Jets, Mets come to mind) may muddy things a bit, I would think SNY is smarter than securing the rights to the games and then do a substandard job with its coverage.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a UConn Women's Basketball fan living in northern California, I watch CPTV's broadcast games on my computer, usually live with the kids after school, but at times after they have gone to sleep.

If SNY (I don't know what this is) secures the rights, will it still be possible for fans throughtout the country to watch the games?


5:00 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ps Thanks for your coverage also. I really appreciate the insights and information that you and other commentators share.


5:02 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Re: UCONN womens basketball on SNY. I hope not, being a DISH NETWORK subs, we just lost SNY a couple months ago. Bad enough I donr get YES on the Dish, but tp loose the girls would be a blow. Keep us informed please

6:11 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I Pray we dont loose UCONN womens games to SNY. I am a DISH NETWORK subs, we just lost SNY a few weeks back.Bad enoughh DISH doesnt send out YES NETWORK, I being a Red Sox Fan is OK, but UCONN WOMENS lost would be tough. Keep us informed as you always do. THANKS

6:17 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I as a Directv customer would love to see SNY get this contract. Down here in North Carolina it has been very frustrating watching Hoopstreams for the past 5 years. I didn't even sign up this year. SNY has alternate channels when there is a conflict with other programming. Sorry to the Dish customers, you have the wrong provider.

I wrote Harriet about this a year ago and thought that the perfect solution was to sell out of market rights to CPTV games to SNY. Cable providers could then negotiate in CT to carry CPTV. Meanwhile, SNY could reach all the out of market folks on DirecTV at a discounted rate that they negotiate with CPTV.

Thus, CPTV doesn't lose it's bread and butter, and SNY gets a very nice piece of programming.

thanks for all your great reporting
Stay warm CT, Brian

1:32 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Someone is going to have to come up with a plausible reason for any such "conflict" before we go any further with that. Jets and Mets coverage ? SNY doesn't show Jets games, so the only conflict would be when to show the Rex Ryan show, which I think could safely be re-scheduled, and the same for the Mets, whose season does not overlap college basketball in the least.

Overall, I think the ADDED viewers would out-strip those that can get CPTV but not SNY. By a lot. It is time UConn women's basketball was treated with the kind of respect that other mainstream sports are treated. And that would mean televising every game on a nationally available sports network.

Its about time.

1:28 AM 

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