June 29, 2009 / 6:18 PM / 8 years ago

FACTBOX-Viewer statistics for U.S. sports networks

 CHICAGO, June 29 (Reuters) - Over the past 10 years, the
major U.S. sports leagues have all established their own
networks to broadcast games and generate more attention. As the
league-owned networks grow, the question is whether they will
jeopardize the rights fee paid by broadcasters. [ID:nN29390448]
 League    Broadcast partners         Annual value of deals
 NFL       Fox, NBC, CBS, DirecTV       nearly $4.1 billion
 NBA       TNT, ESPN, ABC                   $937.5  million
 MLB       TBS, Fox, ESPN, DirecTV, numerous cable
operators, XM Radio                               $900 million
 NHL       Versus, NBC                   over $72.5 million
 Note: Versus agreed to pay the NHL $72.5 million for the
2007-2008 season, with inflationary increases through
2010-2011, according to The New York Times. It splits ad
revenue with NBC.
 Source: Reuters, sports leagues, media reports
 Networks                                       Households
 Broadcasters (ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC)        114.5 million
 TBS                                          99.1 million
 TNT                                          98.2 million
 ESPN                                         98.1 million
 Versus                                       75.1 million
 Network     Subscribers  League games aired   Established
 MLB Network     52 million  over 52                  2009
 NFL Network     45 million+       8                  2003
 NBA TV          18 million       96                  1999
 NHL Network  12-15 million       75                  2007
 Note: NBA TV is on target to expand distribution to 37
million subscribers by the start of next season this fall,
while the NHL Network, established first in Canada in 2001, is
on track for 30 million subscribers.
 Source: Nielsen and the sports leagues
 (Compiled by Ben Klayman, editing by Matthew Lewis)         

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