In Denver, Kyle Fredrickson notes the Altitude-Comcast TV blackout “has been extended.” Mediation plans have been "pushed back to July 12," according to the latest online court filings. The document cites a “conflict on the court’s calendar” as the reason for the latest setback. Three full seasons of locally broadcast Avalanche, Nuggets and Rapids games “have been absent from Comcast" since Sep. ’19 when its contract expired. DISH Network also has "not carried Altitude over the same time period." The RSN "is available on DirecTV" (DENVER POST, 5/17).
JOINING THE BOOTH: PRO FOOTBALL TALK's Mike Florio noted former Saints coach Sean Payton has "accepted a job with Fox." Payton will "work in studio" with Fox throughout ’22. It is believed that he will "join the FOX NFL Sunday crew on off days for Jimmy Johnson." Payton also had been “in the running for the position with Amazon." Many believe it “will be a one-year foray” for Payton (NBCSPORTS.com, 5/16).
SQUEEZING BY: On Long Island, Neil Best notes WFAN’s afternoon show starring Craig Carton and Evan Roberts "handily won its head-to-head ratings battle” with ESPN New York’s “The Michael Kay Show” in April, the first month of the quarterly spring ratings period. Among men 25-54, Carton and Roberts “averaged 6.9% of the listening audience – second overall in the market." Kay averaged "3.7% which ranked 10th overall." The gap “was far larger than the one by which Carton and Roberts won the full winter book" (NEWSDAY, 5/17).