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Bobcats Games Moving to Fox RSN, Arena Gets Time Warner Moniker

Charlotte Bobcats’ games will be moving to Fox Sports Net South and SportSouth under a rights deal expected to be announced Tuesday, according to the Associated Press.

Under the deal, the Charlotte Bobcats Arena will be renamed Time Warner Cable Arena, and the team will end its TV deal with nation’s second largest cable operator.

Bobcats’ owner Robert Johnson and Time Warner teamed up in 2004 to create a regional sports network, Carolinas Sports and Entertainment Television, which was called C-SET. But the RSN was only carried on Time Warner’s digital service, so that basic cable and satellite subscribers could not see the games during the team’s first season in 2004-2005, according to AP.

C-SET was shuttered after losing money, but the Bobcats were still bound by a long-term deal with Time Warner. The games were airing on the cable operator’s local news channel, which is on basic cable. 

Under the arrangement expected to be announced today, the games will move over from Time Warner Cable’s News 14 to FSN South and SportSouth, starting with the Bobcats’ home game with Minnesota tonight. It will run on FSN South.