Force 10 Sports Expands Portfolio

April 10, 2018

Force 10 Sports Management, an arm of the organization that owns the Seattle Storm, recently announced they’ll handle ticketing and business operations for the Seattle Reign, in addition to communications for the Seattle Seawolves of the new Major League Rugby.  The Pac-12 Women’s Basketball Tournament is another property.

With the Reign season having started, and MLR and the WNBA to start soon, Force 10 looks to be plenty busy this spring.  Whether these added duties represents a new effort to expand its portfolio or just an easy grab at some immediate opportunities remains to be seen.  But it is another way for Storm ownership to earn ancillary revenue and enhance the club’s value.

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Sinclair/Tribune Deal Impact On Seattle Sports Fans

May 8, 2017

The proposed Sinclair Broadcast Group’s acquisition of Tribune Media may have an impact for local sports fans.  Sinclair owns KOMO TV, an ABC affiliate, which shows some programming from its Disney sister channel, ESPN.  Locally, this means some Pac-12 football games and, well…the NBA.

Tribune owns KCPQ, also known as Q13 Fox, being a Fox affiliate.  Because of that relationship, Q13 Fox broadcasts most of the Seahawks’ games.  Additionally, they are the team’s preseason home.  The station also holds the local rights for the Sounders and Storm.  And similar to KOMO, Q13 Fox broadcasts Pac-12 football and basketball due to Fox Sports contract with the conference.

Sinclair is also trying to make a go of it with the American Sports Network.  It’s billed as a multi-platform network, albeit one with secondary conferences and games.  Perhaps the proposed merger is a way for Sinclair to boost distribution of ASN while also acquiring more sports rights to potentially feed its way.

So what changes for fans if the merger is approved?  Probably not much, at least initially, but it bears watching.  Sinclair would own stations that are affiliates of two of the four major broadcast networks, both of which show sports relevant to local fans.  And, Sinclair would be the rights holders for the Sounders, Storm and preseason Seahawks games.  Even mergers in far off places can work their way back to the local level.