Tennis Channel boss would like to be on Cablevision
I spoke to Tennis Channel CEO Ken Solomon for my newspaper column about the channel's decision to boycott this weekend's event in Dubai because the United Arab Emirates barred Israeli Shahar Peer.
I also asked Solomon about the fact the channel is not carried by Cablevision, which inspired a long, impassioned pitch about all the channel has to offer.
Solomon called Cablevision, which owns Newsday, "the only major distributor that does not have a carriage agreement'' with the channel.
One hangup, not surprisingly, is Solomon does not want to be placed on a "sports tier" that costs extra. His argument is that unlike other tiered channels, his is essential for tennis fans, not supplementary.
Also, 50 percent of his audience is female, and women generally have little interest in subscribing to sports packages.
This "sports tier" topic is complex, and my general take is that most sports should be tiered to save non-sports fans from paying for expensive programming they don't want.
But that's a long story for another day.