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Senior Entertainment Reporter John Kiesewetter has been covering TV and media issues for 20 years. After joining the Cincinnati Enquirer in 1975 as a summer intern, he worked as a county government and suburban reporter; assistant city editor and suburban editor; and features editor supervising the Life section. He has a B.S. in journalism from Ohio University.

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Monday, December 17, 2007

Channel 19 Dropping UC Basketball

The University of Cincinnati' move to the Big East has cost the Bearcats its local TV contract.
After 26 years, WXIX-TV (Channel 19) will stop producing local UC basketball games with the UC-Miami telecast Dec. 29.
"This is purely an economic decision," says John Long, Channel 19 general manager.
The station was losing money on Bearcats basketball, a 10-year contract signed five years ago, he says. Long informed UC officials last week the station was exercising its option to get out of the contract after five years.
"The economics of the deal has changed greatly in the last five years," Long says.
UC’s basketball fortunes and the TV landscape also looks much different today, when college basektball games can be found all over the TV dial and Fox's "American Idol" makes it difficult to pre-empt the nation's No. 1 TV show for local sports. Xavier University has not had a local TV affiliate for several years.


at 12/17/2007 3:42 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

yeah with espn getting almost all bearcat games it was tough for 19 to compete.
kiese how have the ratings been on 19.

at 12/17/2007 3:47 PM Blogger Rob said...

It would be nice if FSN would pick them up. Since I moved to Dish Network I haven't been able to get 19 up here in Dayton anyway.

at 12/17/2007 5:01 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

CinCW showed a stronger commitment to UC this fall when it was running live game preview shows and cut-ins during football season. It would not shock me to see CinCW make a play overall for the UC contract for those games that don't get picked up as part of the Big East's huge ESPN deal.

at 12/17/2007 5:10 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

This reflects only 4 remaining games. Pretty much all of the games are broadcast by the ESPN family and CinCW.

at 12/17/2007 5:53 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey rob, fsn does xavier games. do your research

at 12/17/2007 6:26 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

American Idol bounces Bearcat basketball, the world is coming to an end.

I hope someone picks the games up.

at 12/17/2007 7:01 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry, Rob, but FSN Ohio is already committed to televising Xavier basketball games.

Everything points to a renewal of the current Xavier-FSN contract. Perhaps UC will stream the games via the 'Net. Xavier did that for the Creighton game on 12/5/07, since it was one of the few games not on the FSN schedule.

at 12/17/2007 7:55 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

The CW station is going to get UC basketball (and other sports contracts).

at 12/17/2007 9:10 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank god.

at 12/17/2007 9:21 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

FSN already carries Xavier and has been adding games in recent years. I don't see them carrying UC too. There would be too many conflicts as the schools play on many of the same dates.

at 12/18/2007 5:21 AM Anonymous Beaver Cleaver said...

Who cares......I'd rather watch leave it to beaver reruns

at 12/18/2007 5:39 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'll bet WXIX wouldn't be losing money if Bob Huggins was still leading UC to the NCAA tournament year after year. Winning is the best way to improve your "economics".

at 12/18/2007 6:28 AM Anonymous dg said...

I think I have a fit. They should play on Lifetime. That is since the team now plays like a bunch of women.

This would have never happened if they didn't suck so bad. Nobody watches now, was forced out.


at 12/18/2007 7:43 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Out of 30 dates,there are 9 in which UC and X play on the same day, of those only 4 occasions where they play at the same time. Assuming they would need to use the same production crew for the games and could not produce two games in one day we will go with the 9 conflicts. Of those 9 dates 6 are games that were or are to be carried by 19 and of those 6 dates X is on FSN 2 times. So the reality is that there is very little conflict between the two and FSN could pick up as many UC games as their other programming would allow.

at 12/18/2007 8:09 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

This decision is the end of a domino effect that started the day Bob Huggins was fired. Way to make UC Basketball irrelevant Nancy. And don't think Mick of the lollipop guild is going to fix this either.

at 12/18/2007 9:02 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you, Nancy Zimpher.

at 12/18/2007 9:20 AM Blogger Rob said...

I knew FSN carried Xavier games. As a Bearcat fan that doesn't help me.

at 12/18/2007 12:35 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Go West Virginia!!!!
Boo UC!!!

I Couldn't be happier to hear this after what Nancy Z did to all of us former Bearcat fans, and current WV fans.

at 12/18/2007 12:40 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Since UC SUCKS, it makes perfect sense. Most people would rather watch real Basketball, put some local high school games on. Or better yet put on the University of Dayton least they can beat Louisville,UC Won't. UC may not win any more games the rest of the year.

at 12/18/2007 10:16 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

It'll be smart for Channel 19 to pick up the Miami Redhawks. Charlie Coles run a good program and has become the second best program (behind Xavier) in our viewing area.

at 12/19/2007 2:12 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

To bad ESPN doesn't drop them. Memphis is going to beat the snot out of them!!!

GO WV!!!!!!!!!!
GO Ole Miss!!!!!!!!!

at 12/19/2007 3:49 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about Chuck Machock getting the gig and continue the games on TV. Then we could see him say "You gotta love it Danny". Oh God is he horrible!

at 1/23/2008 12:07 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

go uc! Screw all you "fans." bob huggins was a great coach and part of uc history but its now time for Mick to step up and take this team back to glory. I'd hate to say it but huggins himself had started to fall of at uc the last 2 year he was here. Give Mick a chance. He's already doing much better than last years 2-14 big east record. Go uc!

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