Fox Looks to Renegotiate NBA Deal


Fox Sports Net is trying to renegotiate its regional National Basketball Association rights deals because it's ticked that the NBA's new $4.6 billion rights deal with ESPN and Turner Network Television will hurt its ratings, since the Fox regional networks are losing basketball exclusivity.

With the elimination of blackout provisions of national games in home-team markets under the new ESPN and Turner deals, FSN is asking the NBA to cut its rights fees by as much as 50 percent, according to FSN president Bob Thompson.

"In the past, we had what was considered an exclusive property in the shadow of the stadium, and now, all of a sudden, you don't have that," Thompson said. "Now, if a game that we're airing appears on another carrier that doesn't provide us with exclusivity, we want a reduction on those rights fees for that game."