– Fox and TBS have renewed their deals for Major League Baseball, but under some slightly different terms. Under the new deal, Fox retains the Saturday Game Of The Week, in addition to one League Championship Series a year (with Turner retaining the other half.) Fox also gains back two League Division Series from TBS. Turner’s Sunday afternoon games are being slashed from twenty to thirteen, but gain exclusivity in all markets.
The deals are for eight years each – Fox will pay $4 billion; Turner will pay $2.8 billion over the same timespan. In the new deal, Fox has the rights to move many of its regular season and divisional playoff games to a cable channel – most likely to a new sports network channel Fox is considering.
– Also signing an extension – a rather long one – is meteorologist Tom Skilling. He just inked a new ten-year deal to stay with WGN-TV. Skilling has been with WGN since 1978 and this pact takes him through 2022 – meaning Skilling would be with the Tribune-owned station for 44 years – which would likely be the longest tenure for any meteorologist in the United States. Amazing!
– In the battle between reality-competition shows X Factor and Survivor, Round One goes to Britney, Simon, and Co. Fox’s X Factor Wednesday Night finished with a 3.5 adults 28-49 demo rating, compared to Survivor’s 3.1. However, Survivor had the edge in total viewers (11.37 to 9.54) and adults 25-54 (4.6 to 4.0.) This edition of Survivor features Lisa from The Facts Of Life (that’s right, you heard me) and retired baseball player Jeff Kent.
– On Friday, WGN Radio is finally opening its Allstate Showcase Studio with a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the streetside studio at Tribune Tower on Michigan Avenue. The event starts at 4:30 p.m. during Garry Meier’s show and feature Allstate executives. The insurance giant is based in north suburban Northbrook.
And as an added treat, look for the Allstate Mayhem Guy to crash through the window of the new studio with his SUV.