Paul Allen Rumors
The team has agreed a four-year contract extension with CSN Northwest to continue its longstanding, if controversial, broadcast partnership. CSN, which originally signed a 10-year deal in 2007, now owns the rights to broadcast Blazers games through the 2020-21 NBA season.
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.
A private and introverted man, Allen has almost always made a short speech to his team after a season. But few could recall one ever rivaling Wednesday’s, both in length and emotion. “What he said came from the heart,’’ Damian Lillard said. “You could hear it in his voice. He really meant what he was saying. He saw that we left it out there, and he saw how bad we wanted it. And he felt it, he felt what we did.’’