Clemson Broadcast Company Defaults on Payment


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CLEMSON — The company which owns all broadcast rights to Clemson University
sports has defaulted on a mandatory payment to the school and has until
Monday to come up with the money, according to a source close to the
situation.


Collegiate Sports Partners, Ltd., a Birmingham, Ala.-based company, missed a
$750,000 payment due on June 30. The company’s agreement with the university
calls for a two-week grace period following the due date, the source said,
and because that date falls on a weekend the deadline is extended to Monday.
Robert Ricketts, Clemson’s athletic department business officer, referred all
questions on the issue to associate athletic director Tim Match.


Match did not return messages left at his home Wednesday night.


According to the source, Ricketts called CSP on June 30 to check on the
status of the payment. After he was informed the payment had not been sent to
the university, Ricketts responded with a letter to CSP detailing terms of
the contract agreement and requesting the payment be made.


CSP’s contract with Clemson also provides a good portion of the income for
the school’s coaches. The source said the coaches have been paid in full.
Meanwhile, the Daily Journal/Messenger has learned that several freelance
camera operators, audio technicians, broadcast engineers, commentators and
other independently-contracted employees are owed thousands of dollars by CSP.
Nine such freelancers, contacted Wednesday, said they were owed a combined
total of more than $17,000. Several others did not returned messages or were
not available by press time.


Collegiate Sports Partners, Ltd. was awarded a five-year contract to
broadcast Clemson sports in Jan., 2000. The 2000-01 school year marked the
network’s first as the new Clemson Sports Network.


The network has come under fire locally because of a lack of service
providers in the area carrying Clemson television broadcasts on CSP’s cable
partner, College Sports Southeast.


Dan Scott is the host of SportsTalk (10AM-Noon) on 104.9 FM in Upstate SC and
Managing Editor of Seneca Daily Journal/Clemson Daily Messenger

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