Cox Sports Seeks Hornets Rights

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Cox Sports Television is negotiating with the National Basketball Association to distribute New Orleans Hornets games from the team’s temporary home in Oklahoma City to subscribers throughout the state and into New Orleans.

The Hornets said Wednesday that the club would play 35 of its 41 home games in Oklahoma City due to the damage Hurricane Katrina inflicted on its home arena in New Orleans. The remaining six will be played in Baton Rouge, La.

Cox Communications Inc. -- which holds cable rights to the Hornets and serves most of the cable subscribers in the state -- wants to distribute the games in both Oklahoma and New Orleans. But team territorial television rights for the state belong to the Dallas Mavericks, and that team’s games are televised by FSN Southwest.

An FSN Southwest spokesman said the network is negotiating with the NBA to continue airing Mavericks games in Oklahoma despite the presence of the Hornets.

A representative from the league could not be reached for comment at press time.

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