RSNs

Houston Astros Pull Off an Amazing 0.0 Nielsen Rating

Houston, we have a problem. According to Nielsen live-plus-same day data, the Astros’ Monday afternoon home game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim scratched, delivering a 0.0 rating on Comcast SportsNet Houston. In other words, not a living soul watched the game.

DirecTV Keeps Plugging Away at NFL Sunday Ticket Renewal

DirecTV continues to plug away at a deal that would allow it to retain the exclusive rights to the NFL Sunday Ticket package, but the satellite-TV giant said it has yet to finalize an agreement with the league.    

Fox to Secure Controlling Stake in YES Network

21st Century Fox on Friday announced it would take a controlling stake in YES Network, upping its of Yankees Entertainment and Sports (YES) Network, raising its ownership position in the RSN to 80 percent.

Fox Enlists Mega-Robot to Promote FS1 Launch

Cleatus walks among us.

Time Warner Does the Math on Sky-High Sports Rights

Time Warner Cable chairman and CEO Glenn Britt on Thursday told investors that the operator’s RSN strategy is designed to minimize costs in the long haul.

The Skipper

Manti Te’o is crazy or stupid, and very possibly both. At present, the only thing the 14 people in an ESPN conference room can agree on is that, for good or ill, the story of the Notre Dame defensive standout and his imaginary dead girlfriend is going to eat up the first quarter hour, give or take, of the evening broadcast.

In Late Push, Candidates Target Big Ten Network

Local sports have elbowed their way into the presidential election season, as both campaigns and the various PACs looking to sway voters have targeted RSNs in key battleground states.