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NFL and MLB May Stop Airing Game Broadcasts if Aereo Prevails

aereo_mlb_nflForget the major broadcasters, Aereo may now be up against sports fans everywhere after the National Football League and Major League Baseball warned if the subscription streaming service wins its Supreme Court case, they might end free game broadcasts.

Major League Baseball and the National Football League filed an amicus brief last week, adding their names to the growing list of broadcasters and organizations looking to stop the controversial streaming media company that allows subscribers to record over the air broadcast signals without paying licensing fees.

According to Variety, the leagues said in their brief, “If copyright holders lose their exclusive retransmission licensing rights and the substantial benefits derived from those rights when they place programming on broadcast stations, those stations will become less attractive mediums for distributing copyrighted content. The option for copyright holders will be to move that content to paid cable networks (such as ESPN and TNT) where Aereo-like services cannot hijack and exploit their programming without authorization.”

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Longtime WWL Sports Director Signs On with Crosstown Rival WVUE

Jim Henderson, the longtime radio voice of the New Orleans Saints who retired from his sports director post at WWL earler this year after 34 years with the CBS-affiliate, has signed on with Fox-affiliate WVUE as a football analyst.

Henderson signed off from WWL in January, planning to continue as the Saints play-by-play announcer on WWL-AM. Now, his semi-retirement will include regular appearances on WVUE during the NFL season.

“I’m excited about the new challenge,” Henderson said. “I leave a lot of good friends behind but I get reunited with a lot of good friends as well. There are an awful lot of people at Channel 8 that I know and have respected and known for a number of years.” Read more

Longtime Green Bay Sports Anchor Joins WTMJ in Milwaukee to Cover Packers Football

Larry McCarren, who departed WFRV earlier this year after 24 years covering sports for the Green Bay CBS-affiliate, has signed on with WTMJ in Milwaukee to cover the Packers.

McCarren has been the color commentator for games on the Packers Radio Network since 1995. The flagship station of the Packers Radio Network is WTMJ-AM.

“Packers fans have enjoyed Larry’s work on the radio for many years and will now have the chance to see his detailed analysis and reporting on television in Milwaukee and online from anywhere in the world,” said Steve Wexler, the exectuive vice president of Journal Broadcast Group, which owns both WTMJ-TV and WTMJ-AM. Read more

Indiana Fox-Affiliate Gives Up on Winless Colts, Decides Not to Broadcast Game

As the Indianapolis Colts’ nightmare season wears on, one Indiana station recently decided that it had seen enough.

WISE, the Fox-affiliate in Fort Wayne, chose not to air the Colts’ game this past Sunday, opting to broadcast the Chicago Bears instead.

“The buck stops with me,” Jerry Giesler, president and general manager of Granite Broadcasting’s Fort Wayne stations, told The Journal Gazette. “We talked a lot about it internally. Of course, the year in, year out logical choice would be the Colts. Absolutely, no question. The reason we went with the Bears was to follow the compelling story, their [playoff] hopes alive, a new quarterback.” Read more

WFOR Buys Tickets to Save Dolphins From Blackout

The Miami Dolphins have avoided a TV blackout this Sunday, thanks to WFOR.

League rules require NFL teams to sell a certain amount of tickets before home games to avoid a blackout and the CBS-affiliate jumped in at the last moment this week, buying a block of tickets to ensure that the game will be broadcast locally on WFOR.

The station joined with a handful of local businesses to buy up tickets so the Dolphins could reach their 65,000 ticket minimum, according to the Palm Beach Post.

This is apparently the fourth time in the past five games that businesses have jumped in to save the last-place Dolphins from a blackout.  It is unclear how many tickets WFOR actually purchased to save its broadcast of the game.  TVSpy is still waiting for a reply from the station.

KENS ‘Hugely Apologizes’ for Switching Away from Cowboys Game, Promises Investigation

San Antonio CBS-affiliate KENS was forced into damage control mode on Sunday after its feed of a lopsided Cowboys game was switched to a more competitive contest.

“We know we had some angry viewers today,” KENS sports anchor Vinnie Vinzetta said at the top of his segment during the station’s 10 p.m. newscast on Sunday.  “The Dallas Cowboy game went away before the fourth quarter with Dallas leading 34 to 7.  That was a decision made by the CBS Network, that was not a KENS5 decision.  We hugely apologize for the situation nonetheless.” Read more