07.16.2004 12:00 PM
The latest happenings from around the world of sports

FOX Sports Net, Colorado Rockies extend coverage; FOX buys interest in team
FOX Sports Net Rocky Mountain and the Colorado Rockies have reached a long-term television rights contract extension.

The agreement extends the number of Rockies games FSN will produce each year. Beginning next season, 150 games will be televised.

This season, FSN will televise 50 games, while KTVD-TV will broadcast 75 games.

The Colorado Rockies also announced that FOX Sports Baseball Holdings, a subsidiary of FOX Cable Networks, will become a limited partner in the club. Financial details were not disclosed, and the deal is subject to the approval of Major League Baseball.

BillBoard Video acquires MultiMedia Electronic Programmable Signs
BillBoard Video of Frisco, TX, has purchased MultiMedia Electronic Programmable Signs of Rancho Cordova, a manufacturer of LED display signage used for multiple public display applications, including sports venues.

Multimedia will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of BillBoard Video. According to Bill Hall, BillBoard Video president, BillBoard Video will combine its content management software and services to offer a complete digital display solution.

Comcast appoints Burke to COO position
Stephen Burke, Comcast cable unit president, has been promoted to chief operating officer.

Comcast owns Comcast Sports Net, the Golf Channel, several other regional sports networks as well as controlling interest in the Philadelphia 76ers and Philadelphia Flyers.

American GT Challenge names Hallas director of broadcasting
The American GT Challenge has appointed Jeff Hallas as director of broadcasting. With more than 20 years of TV production experience, Hallas will be responsible for managing AGT’s TV package.

FSN, KCNC-TV, Denver Broncos reach accord

FOX Sports Net Rocky Mountain, the Denver Broncos and CBS-affiliate KCNC-TV in Denver have agreed to a multiyear deal providing enhanced coverage to fans in the Rocky Mountain region.

In August, FOX Sports Net will replay all Denver Bronco preseason games made available to its local broadcast partner reaching about three million cable and satellite subscribers in an eight-state region. The deal also covers pre- and post-game shows.

A.F. Associates names Fiscina vice president, special projects
Joe Fiscina has joined the A.F. Associates (AFA) executive team as vice president, special projects.

Fiscina served as a consultant to CNN on its new Time Warner center project in New York. Prior to that, he was the executive project director of the group that built Turner’s new broadcast operations center in Atlanta. Fiscina has also served as deputy chief operating officer of the Sydney Olympic Broadcasting Organization, as well as holding positions with the Atlanta Olympic Organization, Turner and NBC.

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