Mizlou Television Network

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Mizlou Television Network,Inc.
Type Broadcast television network,
Cable and Internet broadcast.
Country USA
Headquarters Tampa, Florida
Broadcast area
World Wide
Established 1962
Official website
mizlou.tv

Mizlou Television Network, Inc. or Mizlou Communications, Inc.,[1] was a former sports broadcast television network. It was active from 1962 to 1991, and in 1992 it was re-established as Mizlou Television Network, Inc., which is now based in Tampa, FL. Mizlou later branched out into cable sports channels.[1]

Operation[edit]

The network was not a full-time network, but produced sports and entertainment television shows offered to a set of affiliates set up event by event. It was seen on affiliates of NBC, ABC, and CBS, and on independent television stations and cable channels.[2]

Mizlou utilized the AT&T system to distribute signals to television stations nationwide via land lines and microwave facilities. Mizlou produced the first "live" coast-to-coast satellite feed, of a New York Cosmos soccer game, from San Jose, CA to WOR-TV in New York in the late 1970s.[citation needed]

History[edit]

Unisphere Broadcasting System[edit]

In mid-1965, radio businessman Vincent C. Piano proposed the Unisphere Broadcasting System. The service would have operated 2.5 hours each night. However, Piano had difficulty signing affiliates; a year later, no launch date had been set, and the network still lacked a "respectable number of affiliates in major markets."[3]

Mizlou TV Network[edit]

Mizlou began syndicating college football bowls in 1968.[1]

Maryland sold Mizlou rights to two of its Atlantic Coast Conference men's basketball games along with the women's basketball Maryland versus Immaculata game on January 26, 1975. This was the first national broadcast of a women’s college basketball game with 100+ stations signing on to the telecast.[4]

Mizlou broadcast the first three Fiesta Bowl starting in 1971 and lost money on the first broadcast.[5] In 1979, the Network broadcast the Miss Black Universe USA and International beauty pageants.[6]

Mizlou was hired by U.S. Tobacco to broadcast the College National Final Rodeo in 1981.[7] In 1985, Mizlou decided not to renew the Holiday Bowl broadcast contract.[8] In 1986, the network signed a three-year deal with the Freedom Bowl adding them to their bowl line up of Bluebonnet, Cherry, Independence and Hall of Fame Bowls for that year.[2]

In August 1989, Mizlou Communications announced the November launch of Sports News Network, a 24-hour sports news and interview basic channel.[1] Mizlou in February 1990 made a private placement of securities to keep SNN going. Mizlou made another attempt before July 1990 and attempted a third placement of $15–$20 million in July 1990 for the network.[9] SNN goes dark on December 17, 1990 as parent Mizlou Communications filed for bankruptcy. Mizlou was in talks with Landmark Communications and Telecable Corporation as a potential buyer of the channel and other assets.[10][11] In January 1991, Landmark dropped plans for a sport news channel and its discussions with Mizlou for the purchases of Sports News Network[12] due to Tele-Communications Inc.'s planned launch of Prime Sports News, an all-sports news cable channel.[13]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Nidetz, Steve (August 25, 1989). "Mizlou To Offer 24-hour Sports News". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 28 August 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Penner, Mike (April 24, 1986). "Freedom Bowl Announces 3-Year Deal With Mizlou". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 28 August 2012. 
  3. ^ Kellner, C.A. (Spring 1969). "The Rise and Fall of the Overmyer Network". Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media 13 (2): 125–130. Retrieved 2010-03-31. 
  4. ^ Ginsburg, David (January 25, 2005). "Women’s basketball a hard sell in 1975". Salon. Retrieved 28 August 2012. 
  5. ^ Ruelas, Richard (July 22, 2011). "How the Fiesta Bowl made its way to TV". The Arizona Republic. Retrieved 28 August 2012. 
  6. ^ "Miss Black Universe Pageant Gets National TV Coverage". Jet (Johnson Publishing Company) 55 (16): 59. January 4, 1979. ISSN 0021-5996. Retrieved 28 August 2012. 
  7. ^ Mahoney, Sylvia Gann (2004). College Rodeo: From Show to Sport. Texas A&M University Press. p. 135. 
  8. ^ Dolan, Steve (May 4, 1985). "Mizlou TV Network Won't Renew Contract With the Holiday Bowl". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 28 August 2012. 
  9. ^ Higgins, John M. (July 16, 1990). "Mizlou running out of cash for SNN". Multichannel News. Retrieved 28 August 2012. 
  10. ^ Higgins, John M.; Umstead, R. Thomas (December 24, 1990). "SNN goes dark, Mizlou to file for Ch. 11". Multichannel News. Retrieved 28 August 2012. 
  11. ^ "Talks on Cable Deal End". New York Times. AP. January 28, 1991. Retrieved 28 August 2012. 
  12. ^ Higgins, John (January 28, 1991). "Landmark spikes its plans for Sports News Network". Multichannel News. Retrieved 28 August 2012. 
  13. ^ Pierce, Scott D. (February 13, 1991). "ALL-SPORTS NEWS NETWORK COMING, AND CNN, TBS LEAD CABLE RATINGS". Deseret News. Retrieved 28 August 2012. 

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