Chris McGowan Rumors
The agreement, which will no doubt rankle Blazers fans with satellite television subscriptions, ends months of negotiations and internal organizational debate about the direction the team should take regarding the future of its game broadcasts. Blazers President Chris McGowan and his executive team spent months exploring a wide range of broadcast possibilities with the goal of finding a provider that would deliver games to the widest possible audience.
The 10-year, $120 million deal between the Blazers and Comcast SportsNet Northwest ends after the 2016-17 NBA season. For the approximate 38 percent of households in the Portland market that have DirecTV, it’s been an exercise in frustration. For the Blazers, it’s been a lucrative nuisance. And for CSNNW, it’s been bread and butter.
The Blazers and CSNNW have concluded their contractually obligated exclusive negotiating period. Now, for the first time in his tenure, McGowan is in position to do something about the broadcast deal he inherited. One he’s publicly said he’d like to rectify. His presence on that commercial flight was evidence — McGowan had scheduled a meeting in Los Angeles with Fox Sports Networks. McGowan is not allowed to comment on the negotiation. CSNNW vice president and general manager Larry Eldridge is limited in what he can say, too. But Blazers fans, who have spent nine seasons bound by this deal, certainly can, and should speak out.