Hawaii News Now interested in UH sports TV deal

HONOLULU (AP) — A Honolulu television station is expressing interest in pushing for a contract to broadcast University of Hawaii sports, even though the school can’t negotiate with outsiders until next year.

The general manager of Hawaii News Now stations KHNL and KGMB said the school’s current arrangement with Oceanic Time Warner Cable can’t be sustained, the Honolulu Star Advertiser reported Friday (http://goo.gl/o8U4H ).

Rick Blangiardi said programming for Hawaii athletics is confusing and he questions whether Oceanic adds any value for Hawaii sports to people in the state.

“The arrows are all going in one direction,” he said. “I think we can help.”

President Bob Barlow, of Oceanic, declined to comment.

UH earned nearly $2.5 million under its Oceanic deal last year after hitting certain service targets. The deal, which guarantees the university $2.3 million per year, expires after June 2014.

Oceanic has sole negotiating rights with the university from November through February. If an extension isn’t reached after that, the school can open talks with others.

The school declined to comment.

“I’m saying openly and publicly, we want UH back and we are prepared to do whatever we need to make that happen,” Blangiardi said. He said the stations are strong on several platforms.

The stations, along with sister station KFVE, offered a range of Hawaii sports from 1984 through 2011, when Oceanic took over.

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Information from: Honolulu Star-Advertiser, http://www.staradvertiser.com

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