Angels, FSN West Reach Deal4/03/2006 4:29 AM Eastern
After months of trying to negotiate a long-term extension, Major League Baseball’s Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and FSN West finally inked an agreement Sunday.
Via a 10-year deal, terms of which were not disclosed, FSN will carry 100 games per season, versus the 50 it was slated to carry under a contract that was scheduled to expire after the 2008 season, according to network officials. An additional 50 games will be aired by KCOP.
Published reports had indicated that FSN was willing to pay some $500 million for the long-term pact, which the parties had been close to signing off on since mid-February. Last Wednesday, the Angels broke off negotiations over what published reports described as emerging technologies. Angels owner Arthur Moreno had sought to establish his own network, beginning with the 2009 season.
The first game of the 2006 season on FSN West airs Monday at 2 p.m. (PST) with the Angels visiting the Seattle Mariners.
"FSN is proud to be the local home of the Angels for the 2006 season and beyond. The Angels have been one of baseball's most competitive and best-run teams since Arte Moreno purchased the franchise, and we are happy to continue our long-term relationship with the club," FSN chief operating officer Randy Freer said in a prepared statement.
"FSN West is the home of local sports fans across Southern California,” he added. “We will continue to do our very best to provide the most access, analysis, information and in-depth coverage of Angels baseball."
"We're pleased to announce the completion of this 10-year agreement with FSN West," Angels president Dennis Kuhl said. "This partnership will enable Angels fans to watch at least 150 games on local television. With the addition of national game broadcasts, fans will have the opportunity to watch the Angels on a daily basis."