Some systems refuse to pay for Thunder games

by Mel Bracht Published: November 7, 2008
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Fox Sports Oklahoma’s Oklahoma City Thunder telecasts are not reaching all of the state. Four cable systems, representing more than 100,000 subscribers, have decided not to pay an additional fee to the network to carry the package, network spokesman Ramon Alvarez said.

Cable One, which has 67,000 homes, reached an agreement with the network on Wednesday and began carrying the telecasts with the Boston Celtics’ game Wednesday night, Alvarez said. Cable One services Ada, Altus, Ardmore, Bartlesville, Duncan, Elk City, Miami, Sulphur and Ponca City.

Alvarez said the additional fee is necessary because the Thunder package represents added programming for the cable systems.

"We are asking our distributors to help absorb some of the costs associated with acquiring these games,” he said.

"We are continuing to negotiate with the operators and hope they realize the value of the product.”

Thunder spokesman Dan Mahoney said the team is advising fans who don’t get the games to call their cable company.

With 74,000 Oklahoma customers, Suddenlink is the biggest system not to carry the games. The system services Stillwater, Enid, Chickasha, Grove, Henryetta, Muskogee, Pauls Valley, Poteau, Purcell, Seminole and Woodward.

The other systems are Buford, 24,600 homes, (Ketchum, Guymon, McAlester and Shawnee) and James Cable, 6,700 homes (Durant) and Broken Bow Cable, 3,400 homes.


by Mel Bracht
Copy Editor, Sports Media
Mel Bracht is a copy editor on the presentation desk and also covers sports media. A 1978 graduate of Indiana University, Bracht has been a print journalist for 34 years. He started his career as sports editor of the Rensselaer (Ind.) Republican...
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