ESPN, Baseball Finalizing Talks
New York — ESPN is close to finalizing a new multiyear agreement with Major League Baseball, said sources close to the situation.
The network will conclude its five-year, $851 million MLB carriage deal, which includes weekly Sunday- and Wednesday-night telecasts, after this season. An ESPN said the network is “still in negotiations,” but has yet to reach a final agreement with MLB, which didn’t return calls. Newsday reports that a deal has already been reached.
Verizon Inks A&E, Sportsman Deals
New York — Verizon Communications Inc. has inked distribution pacts with A&E Television Networks and hunting and fishing service The Sportsman Channel.
Under terms of the AETN agreement, the telco will roll out A&E Network, The History Channel, The Biography Channel, History Channel International, Military History Channel, The History Channel en Español and Crime & Investigation Network on its FiOS TV service, set to launch later this year.
Ex-Charter Execs Receive Sentences
St. Louis — Four former Charter Communications Inc. executives that pled guilty to fraud charges stemming from an accounting scandal were sentenced in federal court here Friday.
Former Charter chief financial officer Kent Kalkwarf was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Carol Jackson to 14 months in prison, two years of probation and a $200,000 fine. Former Charter chief operating officer David Barford received 12 months in prison, two years probation and a $200,000 fine. Former Charter Eastern region senior vice president David McCall and former Western region senior vice president James “Trey” Smith III each received two years of probation. McCall received a $200,000 fine and Smith was fined $175,000, according to U.S. Attorney James Martin.