A 15-year deal announced today between Time Warner Cable and the CIF state offices means that the cable company becomes the “official distributor” of the state and regional championship events starting with the football playoffs at Home Depot Center in December.
Those events have regularily been televised on Fox Sports Net throughout the state with the help of Comcast Cable distributing it in the northern part of the state.
TWC will have a minimum of 60 games to produce for cable TV, the internet and mobile platforms, with a minimum of 80 games throughout the life of the deal.
CIF executive director Marie M. Ishida called it an “unprecidented partnership tha twill bring exposure to CIF schools and athletes like never before.”
It is not clear yet whether TWC will sell programming of the games to Fox Sports Net to continue televising it.
Recently, Time Warner Cable purchased the rights to distribute Lakers home and road regular season games on its own cable channel, starting in 2012, but no deals have been announced for what cable systems will be allowed to carry that network.