RSNs are still poised to grow, Fox Sports says
But Fox Sports, which operates 22 RSNs across the country, says its business still is poised for growth — even if future growth will not be as wild as it was in past years. Fox executives are relying on the power of live local sports — which dominates prime-time ratings in most markets — and an embrace of new technology to keep its RSN business healthy amid a contracting industry.
“The erosion of the big bundle is certainly a trend,” said Jeff Krolik, president of Fox Sports Regional Networks. “The linear big bundle in cable has declined. That’s caused an adjustment. … The numbers are not as robust as they once were. It’s still a great business. Not the business that it was five years ago. …