Lorimar Sports Network

The Lorimar Sports Network, or LSN, was an American ad hoc television network providing syndicated college football and basketball. It was based at Lorimar's original headquarters in Culver City, California, with an additional office in Dallas, Texas. It was in operation from 1983 until 1986.

Lorimar Sports Network
Formerly
Sports Productions, Inc. (1983-1984)
IndustrySports television
Production
Sales & Marketing
Syndication
Distribution
FateDefunct
FoundedSeptember 1983
DefunctMarch 1986
HeadquartersDallas, Texas [1]
Culver City, California [2]
Key people
Bill Flaherty
Dave Almstead (Director of Syndication)
John Humphrey (Director of Promotion and Media)
ProductsSoutheastern Conference men's basketball (1983-1986)
Big 10 men's basketball
Pacific-10 Conference men's basketball (1983-1986)
Metro Conference men's basketball (1983-1985)
Western Athletic Conference men's basketball (1983-1985)
Freedom Bowl (1985)
Bluebonnet Bowl
Holiday Bowl
OwnerLorimar Productions
Lorimar-Telepictures (final)

History

Overview

It began in 1983 as a new sports broadcasting division of Lorimar Productions, adopting the branding Sports Productions, Incorporated, or SPI. It then became the Lorimar Sports Network in Summer 1984.

Sports programming

Under both banners, the Lorimar Sports Network had a history of bringing major events in men's college basketball and football. It acquired Southeastern Conference (SEC) basketball from the TVS Television Network in 1983. It also acquired rights to the Big Ten, Metro and WAC.[3][4][5] The SEC on SPI/Lorimar ran from January 1984 until the end of the 1985-1986 season.[6]

LSN also broadcast the Freedom Bowl in 1985, along with the Holiday and Bluebonnet Bowls at the end of the 1985-86 football season,[1] as well as Pacific-10 Conference football during those years.[7]

Demise

The Lorimar Sports Network dissolved over time when they lost broadcast rights to all the conferences they had rights for, especially after the end of the 1985-1986 sports season. Rights to Metro Conference basketball was the first to be lost by LSN as Raycom Sports won rights to the Metro in 1985, and then the Big 10 conference in 1989, two years after Raycom won rights to basketball games from the Big 8 (now Big 12) conference; both the Big 8 and Big 10 were acquired by Raycom in 1987. The 1986 SEC and Pacific-10 Conference Men's Basketball Tournaments (except the championships) were LSN's last sports broadcast because Raycom won syndication rights to the Pac-10 starting with the 1986-87 season. As for SEC Basketball, Raycom's Atlantic Coast Conference broadcast partner, Jefferson-Pilot Teleproductions (later Jefferson Pilot Sports, Lincoln Financial Sports, now part of Raycom Sports) won those rights beginning with the 1986-87 basketball season, added SEC football in 1992, and those rights remained with that company (which became Lincoln Financial Sports in 2006, and became part of Raycom Sports on January 1, 2008) until the end of the 2008-2009 season.[8] The Freedom and Bluebonnet Bowls, however, ended up with the Mizlou Television Network for the 1986, 1987, and 1988 installments.[9]

Just before the end of the 1985-1986 season, Lorimar completed a merger with Telepictures, to form Lorimar-Telepictures.[10] After the Lorimar Sports Network was dissolved in Summer 1986, the Lorimar studio itself, including its extensive library of produced and/or distributed programming, was bought out in its entirety by the Burbank, California-based Warner Bros. studio in 1993. Telepictures, on the other hand, once again became a separate production and syndication company under Time Warner ownership.

Notable on-air personalities

This is a partial list.

See also

References

  1. ^ a b Weyler, John (May 2, 1985). "Lorimar Sports to Televise Second Freedom Bowl : As a Concession, Broadcast of Game on Dec. 30 Will Be Blacked Out Locally". Los Angeles Times. Times Mirror Company. Retrieved May 5, 2015.
  2. ^ Nager, Gary (January 6, 1986). "Major College Basketball Syndicators." Variety, page 26. (Jan. 26, 1986). Retrieved May 5, 2015.
  3. ^ 1984 SEC Championship Game - Auburn vs. Kentucky (YouTube).
  4. ^ Metro Conference Basketball 1984: Louisville vs. Tulane (YouTube)
  5. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-h15xOqTJ 1985 UTEP vs BYU Basketball
  6. ^ All-Time TV Games. From the 2005-06 Alabama Basketball Media Guide, pages 88-90.
  7. ^ Dodds, Tracy (October 16, 1985). "UCLA Television Decision Angers Washington State". Los Angeles Times. Times Mirror Company. Retrieved May 7, 2015.
  8. ^ Company History | Raycom Sports Archived 2015-03-10 at Archive.today
  9. ^ Penner, Mike (April 24, 1986). "Freedom Bowl Announces 3-year Deal with Mizlou". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 27, 2015.
  10. ^ Goodwin, Michael (March 16, 1986). "6 BOWL GAMES LOSE TV CONTRACTS OVER MONEY PROBLEMS". The New York Times. The New York Times Company.
  11. ^ Tipton, Jerry (March 11, 2009). "Conley, Hammond prepare for last call". Lexington Herald-Leader. The McClatchy Company. Retrieved September 1, 2015.
Preceded by
TVS Television Network
Syndication Rightsholder to Southeastern Conference men's basketball
1983-1986
Succeeded by
Jefferson-Pilot Teleproductions
1985 Bluebonnet Bowl

The 1985 Bluebonnet Bowl was a college football postseason bowl game between the Texas Longhorns and Air Force Falcons, played on December 31 at Rice Stadium in Houston, Texas.

1985 Freedom Bowl

The 1985 Freedom Bowl was a college football postseason bowl game played on December 30, 1985, in Anaheim, California. It matched the Washington Huskies of the Pacific-10 Conference and the Colorado Buffaloes of the Big Eight Conference.

1985 Holiday Bowl

The 1985 Holiday Bowl was a college football bowl game played December 22, 1985, in San Diego, California. It was part of the 1985 NCAA Division I-A football season. It featured the 14th ranked Arkansas Razorbacks, and the unranked Arizona State Sun Devils. It was the first Holiday Bowl game since its inception that did not feature BYU.

1985 SEC Men's Basketball Tournament

The 1985 SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament took place from March 6–9, 1985 at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex in Birmingham, Alabama. The Auburn Tigers men's basketball team won their first ever SEC Tournament title in the championship game on March 9, 1985. Auburn defeated Alabama 53-49 for the SEC's automatic bid to the 1985 NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball tournament.Television coverage of the tournament’s first round, the quarterfinals, and semifinals were produced and regionally syndicated by the now-defunct Lorimar Sports Network (formerly Sports Productions, Inc.), the sports broadcasting arm of Lorimar Productions. The championship game was nationally televised on NBC via that network’s in-house sports division, NBC Sports.

1985 WAC Men's Basketball Tournament

The 1985 Western Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Tournament was held March 4–7 at the Special Events Center in El Paso, Texas.In their first season in the WAC, San Diego State defeated defending champions UTEP in the championship game, 87–81, to clinch their first WAC men's tournament championship.

The Aztecs, in turn, received an automatic bid to the 1985 NCAA Tournament while top-seeded UTEP additionally received an at-large bid.

1986 SEC Men's Basketball Tournament

The 1986 SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament took place from March 5–8, 1986 at Rupp Arena in downtown Lexington, Kentucky, home to the University of Kentucky Wildcats men’s basketball team. Kentucky won the SEC tournament championship title and the SEC’s automatic bid to the 1986 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball tournament by defeating Alabama 83-72.Coverage of the first round, the quarterfinals and semifinals was produced and regionally syndicated by the Lorimar Sports Network, the sports broadcasting arm of Lorimar-Telepictures. The semifinals of this tournament marks the LSN’s final broadcast before going defunct; Jefferson-Pilot Teleproductions would win syndication rights to SEC Basketball before the following season. The championship game in this tournament was nationally televised by NBC.

College Football on USA

College Football on USA refers to the USA Network's cable television coverage of the college football regular season. USA's coverage ran from 1980-1986.

List of Holiday Bowl broadcasters

The following is a list of the television networks and announcers who have broadcast college football's Holiday Bowl throughout the years.

Raycom Sports

Raycom Sports is an American producer of sports television programs. It is headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, and owned and operated by Gray Television.

It was founded in 1979 by husband and wife, Rick and Dee Ray. In the 1980's, Raycom Sports established a prominent joint venture with Jefferson-Pilot Communications which made them partners on the main Atlantic Coast Conference basketball package. Raycom was acquired in 1994 by Ellis Communications. Two years later, Ellis was acquired by a group led by Retirement Systems of Alabama, who renamed the entire company Raycom Media to build upon the awareness of Raycom Sports. The company would be acquired by Gray Television in 2019.

The company was well-known for its tenure with the ACC, and has also had former relationships with the SEC, Big Eight, and Big Ten conferences, as well as the now-defunct Southwest Conference. In the 2010's, Raycom lost both its ACC and SEC rights to ESPN (a network which had, in its early years, picked up Raycom-distributed ACC basketball games for national broadcasts), and transferred these rights to in-house cable networks.

The company also produces sports telecasts for other entities; via Raycom Sports or related operation Tupelo Raycom, Gray produces NFL preseason games for several teams, including the Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers and New Orleans Saints.

TVS Television Network

The TVS Television Network, or TVS for short, is a syndicator of American sports programming. It was one of several "occasional" national television networks that sprang up in the early-to-mid-1960s to take advantage of the establishment of independent (mostly UHF) television stations and relaxation of the AT&T Long Lines usage rates.

Today, the network continues to distribute programming via TV, home video, and the Web on a worldwide basis. TVS currently produces 250 shows yearly in sports, music, and entertainment.

Tom Hammond

Thomas Taylor Hammond (born May 10, 1944) is an American sportscaster for NBC Sports. For many years, Hammond was one of the network's staple on-air presenters, along with Bob Costas and Dan Hicks.

Hammond is best known for his coverage of Thoroughbred Racing on NBC, coverage of Notre Dame Football on NBC from 1992 until 2012 and his coverage of the NFL on NBC from 1985 until 2011.

Hammond also served as the play-by-play announcer for NBC's coverage of track and field at each Summer Olympics from 1992 to 2016. He also announced the speed skating events during the 2018 Winter Olympics.

WDRB

WDRB, virtual channel 41 (UHF digital channel 49), is a Fox-affiliated television station licensed to Louisville, Kentucky, United States. The station is owned by Block Communications, as part of a duopoly with Salem, Indiana-licensed CW/MyNetworkTV affiliate WBKI (channel 58). The two stations share studios on West Muhammad Ali Boulevard (near Route 150) in downtown Louisville and transmitting facilities in rural northeastern Floyd County, Indiana (northeast of Floyds Knobs). On cable, WDRB is available on Charter Spectrum channel 9.

WTVF

WTVF, virtual channel 5 (UHF digital channel 25), is a CBS-affiliated television station licensed to Nashville, Tennessee, United States. The station is owned by the E. W. Scripps Company. WTVF's studios are located on James Robertson Parkway in downtown Nashville, and its transmitter is located north of downtown along I-24 near Whites Creek.

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