I sliced up the numbers and here's part of the methodology.
- I considered a game covered if it was on the main regional network or if it covered on a "plus" or alternate channel.
- Regions that have two RSNs that split the coverage were counted as one region, such as Fox Sports West & Prime Ticket, Fox Sports Florida & Sun Sports, Fox Sports South and SportSouth, MSG and MSG Plus, and CSN Philadelphia and Comcast Network.
- I did not split Fox Sports Ohio, although a case could be made that I should have. There are probably ways I could have split the three feeds (Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati) somehow.
- I did not discriminate whether a game was joined in progress or not.
- There were four national special presentations (ie. games not original part of the FSN national schedule). I broke those games out in certain places and did not include them at all when breaking down a conference by time slot.
- I did not include the Akron-Kentucky game on 9/18/11 which went to nearly all FOX-owned FSNs
- CSN New England is a horrible FSN affiliate, clearing just 18 of the 39 games (18 of 35 when excluding special presentations). They prioritized the CAA package of games ahead of FSN, particularly with the Big 12 coverage where they cleared only three of the 13 early window games. Maybe its time for FSN to talk to NESN, especially since the two entities have a digital partnership for sharing news content.
- Best bet is to be an affiliate out west. The Arizona, West/Prime, Southwest, and Houston affiliates, in addition to the CSN Bay Area/California combo were the only ones to cover the package in full. EDIT: FSDetroit also covered every game.
- Eleven of the nineteen regional affiliates covered at least 90% of the games. Four others covered at least 85%.
- Time slot is important. The Big 12 did very well in the 12pm/12:30pm and 3:30pm slot with thirteen of the nineteen regions carrying every game, and four others only missed one. CSN New England and CSN Philadelphia/Comcast Network's coverage in that slot was replaced with the CAA or SEC Network. The 7pm evening slot was spotty at best. For the Pac-10, they did well regardless of the 3:30pm (16/19 carried every game, other three carried four of the six games) or 10:30pm time slot (EDIT: all regions covered every games).
FSN Breakdown for 2010