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UH cost itself millions, HNN asserts

The stations' general manager says they weren't given a chance to pitch their offer

By Ferd Lewis

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Mar 08, 2014

~~<p>Hawaii News Now general manager Rick Blangiardi said the University of Hawaii cost itself &quot;millions of dollars by not sitting down and listening&quot; to the stations' TV rights proposal, and cited the process as an example &quot;of the lack of transparency&quot; at the school.</p>
<p>UH announced a six-year extension of its TV and pay-per-view sports rights contract with Oceanic Time Warner Cable on Feb. 28, the last day of a four-month exclusive negotiating window with the cable operator. Oceanic will pay UH $2.3 million initially in a deal that escalates to $2,539,386 by June 30, 2020, and show at least 60 events a year, according to terms of the contract.</p>
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Hawaii News Now general manager Rick Blangiardi said the University of Hawaii cost itself "millions of dollars by not sitting down and listening" to the stations' TV rights proposal, and cited the process as an example "of the lack of transparency" at the school.

UH announced a six-year extension of its TV and pay-per-view sports rights contract with Oceanic Time Warner Cable on Feb. 28, the last day of a four-month exclusive negotiating window with the cable operator. Oceanic will pay UH $2.3 million initially in a deal that escalates to $2,539,386 by June 30, 2020, and show at least 60 events a year, according to terms of the contract. Login for more...



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