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April 19, 2004 Observer Newsletter: Rumored TNA TV deal, Steve Williams cancer treatment, more


The New York Post ran a gossip column item talking about TNA’s potential Fox Sports Net television deal. They quoted an unnamed FSN spokesperson as saying no deal was done, but that if a deal is to get done, they are looking at a June start and an afternoon time slot.

There have been many different time slots being talked about of late, including 11 a.m. on Sundays, as well as a weekday afternoon slot. Fox Sports Net is very different from USA, TBS, Spike and other cable networks. It isn’t one cable station, but an affiliation of regional stations, based around the concept of providing local sports coverage. There is also a national feed that is in many time slots to use as filler programming between the local sports. Most of the FSN stations only do good ratings when broadcasting major local sports events, and the national shows rarely do well.

The originally talked about Sunday night slot, after boxing, had its positives, because boxing provides better than usual ratings. 

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