Friday, July 30, 2010

MAC Regional Coverage on SportsTime Ohio

At the MAC media day it was announced that SportsTime Ohio would supplant Fox Sports Ohio as the regional carrier of the MAC for all sports. The minimums are three football games and 33 basketball games (men and women).

STO, while improving its production since its inception, is
not carried in many parts of Southern Ohio where two MAC schools reside (Miami and Ohio U.). STO does carry OHSAA playoffs which covers all high schools in the state, though I'm not sure how STO gets the games covered in the southern part of the state.

The number of football games is in line with what FSOhio covered in prior years, while the basketball number is a increase of 60% over the prior year according to the
press release.

What isn't mention is whether Fox Sports Detroit will be allowed to maintain its own regional contract to cover the three Michigan based MAC schools. Comcast SportsNet Chicago will maintain the ability to cover Northern Illinois sports and the Time Warner Sports Net covering the western New York area still has the rights to cover University at Buffalo athletics.

In the case of FSOhio, they will have less pre-emptions of the national FSN coverage of the Big 12 and Pac-10, in addition to their coverage of University of Cincinnati athletics.

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