Sports Connection to go off the air
Sports Connection, the signature sports show on Bright House Sports Network and formerly on Bay News 9, is going off the air next Friday after more than 14 years. The reason: BHSN is changing its format to cover high school sports almost exclusively.
The show's host, Rock Riley, will remain with the network, hosting 10 or so minute-long daily sports updates for Bay News 9 and a monthly hour-long sports magazine show for BHSN.
"I created the (Sports Connection) show, and we're very proud of it,'' said Elliott Wiser, corporate VP of news and local programming for Bright House. "But we just felt that there was no longer an audience for it. People just don't stay up late to watch sports news that they can get any time on the Web. And we are excited about turning our attention to high school sports.''
BHSN has a contract through 2013 to air college football and basketball games, but it wants to be known for its high school coverage. Eventually the station hopes to air several live high school games a week from a variety of sports.
In other BHSN news, reporter Victoria Lim will not return to the network after her contract expires at the end of the month.