Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Mlb Network Gets Dish OK

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Mlb Network Gets Dish OK

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Secaucus' status as a mini-hub for TV sports production received a boost Thursday when the MLB Network won approval to install a large satellite dish to help it handle programming from its new partner, NHL Network.

The New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority voted to grant MLB Network's request for a "special exception" and variance to install the dish by its studio facility at 40 Hartz Way in Secaucus. Zoning for the site now permits satellite dishes or antennas mounted in the ground to have a maximum height of 15 feet. MLB Network wants to put in a state-of-the-art dish that is 39 feet high and as wide as 38 feet, which will replace three smaller ones already on its property. In total, MLB Network has almost a dozen dishes in Secaucus now.

MLB Network argued that it needs the new satellite dish in order to receive and transmit NHL Network programming as part of a deal announced last August, an agreement between the two leagues and their sports channels. As part of that complex, six-year agreement, valued by some media outlets at $600 million, Major League Baseball Advanced Media, the MLB's interactive media and Internet arm, received exclusive rights to operate the NHL Network as an agent for the National Hockey League.

In addition, NHL Network's daily on-air operations were moved to the MLB Network's studio facilities and headquarters in Secaucus from Toronto. MLB Network leased a 204,000-square-foot building at 40 Hartz Way, as well as an adjacent 40,000-square-foot facility with studios, offices and warehouse space at 44 Hartz Way, from Hartz Mountain Industries Inc. The 11.8-acre site is in a light industrial zone, according to the sports authority.

Under its partnership, MLB Network, in addition to telecasting baseball-related news and events, is responsible for receiving and transmitting NHL Network programming, the sports authority staff said in the report where it recommended that the variance be granted. …

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