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UH-Oceanic deal extends pay-per-view football through 2019

By Ferd Lewis

LAST UPDATED: 06:32 p.m. HST, Feb 28, 2014

Oceanic Time Warner Cable will remain the exclusive TV rights holder for University of Hawaii sports through June 30, 2020, under an agreement announced today.

The pay-per-view airing of Rainbow Warrior football will continue through the 2019 season. 

The six-year extension with Oceanic calls for UH to receive a minimum payment of $2.3 million this year escalating to $2,539,386 at the contract's conclusion as long as at least seven football games are made available to Oceanic each year, according to the agreement. UH can earn a higher fee if specified net revenue targets are reached.

UH had been receiving a minimum $2.3 million per year for live TV and PPV rights and received as much as $2.6 million in 2008. 

Oceanic is mandated to do at least 60 events a year, the same threshold as in previous contracts. 

Under terms of the existing agreement, Friday was the final day of an exclusive four-month window for Oceanic to negotiate an extension with UH. Had a deal not been reached, UH would have been free to open up bidding to other parties.

KHNL/KGMB, which has a "shared services agreement" with KFVE, had sought an opportunity to make a proposal.

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HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Dear Ferd, No comment. Sincerely yours, Reggie. P.S. Just kidding of course. Now here's where it gets interesting. As usual most people do negotiating and thinking (which in some circles is known as procrastination), up until a deadline is reached, then cooler minds prevail, and the "sale is closed". Now the real great negotiators will not leak inside information that will become the fodder of public consumption, in essence, having too many chefs in the kitchen. I have been amazed as to how neat and secretive these negotiations have been, and that like a lighting bolt, a deal has been struck. I suppose the great work of Ben Jay had a lot to do with these processes. Oh and by the way Norm, we would like to see scores of the order of 45 to 14 on our winning end, instead of 39 to 37 losses.
on February 28,2014 | 06:17PM
Wazdat wrote:
BAD MOVE UH. You will lose your fan base and probably go to Div 2 or 3 during that time. SAD
on February 28,2014 | 07:18PM
lonomoku wrote:
$2.3M? Really? $2.5M by 2020 -- That's actually pretty "flat" vs. existing deal. Does anyone know why no one else was allowed to bid on this? Especially since the KFVE deal that we read about in this newspaper -- got rid of the evil Pay Per View. Another attempt for a utility to unfairly charge subscribers for something they could and should be getting for free. Even OTW's "basic service" customers are cut out of this one. Only the "digital" customer has the privilege of paying several hundreds of dollars to watch a football game with commercial breaks. Not exactly Pay Per View. Way to go UH. No big windfall and another great move at alienating fans! Do you stay awake at night and develop these great ideas all on your own Ben Jay! Seriously -- this was not a well-thought out outcome. And unfortunately the fans and players are the real victims here. Looks like the pay per view broadcast will once again be filled with shots of empty seats at Aloha Stadium. Talk about being in competition with yourself.
on February 28,2014 | 07:18PM
huponews wrote:
It's a very sad day for all the fans of the home team that can no longer watch U.H. anything for six more years. The old fan base is long gone, including myself. But, we shall see what else is included in the contract....surprise us Ben Jay? Why, such a long contract, with small increments of an increase for the university? Unusual, because coaches contracts don't reach those lengths..... Must be more to this picture?????? Anyway, no longer have Oceanic.....so all games are history.....aloha!
on February 28,2014 | 07:39PM
entrkn wrote:
I want to support the University of Hawaii sports and Ben Jay but I honestly feel that the decision to continue the very unpopular PPV contract with Time Warner is naive and a big mistake when KHNL/KGMB/KFVE wants to return to FREE coverage throughout the islands. UH fan base and game attendance was best before PPV Time warner and so Mr Jay should reconsider his decision before the ink dries on that contract that might have significant negative impact on UH Sports success and his own success.
on February 28,2014 | 09:42PM
tripleeght wrote:
Mr. Jay, if the deal with Oceanic and PPV is finalized, you will lose me as a fan. Hope you can live with seeing more orange seats instead of people on UH PPV broadcasts. Aloha.
on February 28,2014 | 09:50PM
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