Back9Network will try to stand in the way of Comcast-Time Warner merger
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Back9Network CEO to testify about Comcast-Time Warner merger


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Mr. Bosworth goes to Washington.

Jamie Bosworth, the CEO of Back9Network, the Hartford, Conn.-based fledgling start-up hoping to launch a golf/lifestyle-themed television network, has an objection to the proposed merger of Comcast and Time Warner Cable. Namely, Bosworth believes the merger will give Golf Channel, owned by Comcast, a bigger strangle hold on televised golf.

Some might say that's because golf is a niche sport that you'd have to be crazy to broadcast to a vast audience. Bosworth would say it's because Comcast will effectively have a cable monopoly in multiple major metropolitan markets if the merger is approved, making it all the more difficult for his network to reach a mass audience.



Bosworth will be one of six witnesses to testify at a Senate judiciary committee hearing on the proposed $45.2 billion merger held Wednesday. Connecticut senator Richard Blumenthal made the push for Bosworth to be one the witness list.

Back9Network has been looking to find a television distribution partner for four years, stymied by myriad challenges. However, according to the Hartford Business Journal, the company had been in carriage negotiations with Time Warner Cable dating back to 2013. Those talks have come to a standstill in the wake of the merger announcement.

The hearing airs live on C-SPAN 3 at 10 a.m.

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Ryan Ballengee

Ryan Ballengee is founder and editor of Golf News Net. He has been writing and broadcasting about golf for over a decade, working for NBC Sports, Golf Channel, Yahoo Sports and SB Nation. Ballengee lives in the Washington, D.C. area with his family. He used to be a good golfer.

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