Channel 4 loses rights to Padres telecasts

SAN DIEGO — With contract extension negotiations unable to reach agreement with the Padres, Cox Communications and Channel 4 San Diego, will no longer own the rights to telecast Padres games.
Channel 4SD, which has owned the telecast rights to Padres games for the past 15 years, said they will continue to carry the games for Cox customers, but will also focus on their other productions as “Sam the Cooking Guy” and their annual “Salute to Teachers.” The channel will also air SDSU football. The Padres Postgame show will continue through the end of the year.
“Many Channel 4 San Diego employees were not impacted and will remain at the station to work on non-Padres programming, but others will be leaving by the end of the year,” said Ceanne Guerra, media and public relations manager.
Padres telecast Producer Ed Barnes and Director Tom Ceterski…will be staying on with the station, Guerra said.
The contracts of Color Analyst Mark Grant and Play-by-Play Announcer Mark Neely are set to expire this year, explained Guerra. “The Padres and the new rights-holder will be the ones to hire announcers for next year.”
Announcer Dick Enberg is an employee of the Padres and has a contract signed through 2012.
The Padres have not announced who will succeed Channel 4SD in owning the telecast rights.

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