Kansas City Metro Sports’ Fantasy Huddle program is roaring onto the national fantasy football scene where it’s now available to more than seven million viewers in 17 Time Warner Cable markets. In only its second season, the local fantasy football show is making its national debut in response to the demand for expertise and information for the 16-18 million fantasy football fans who participate in the multi-billion dollar business.
“The demand for this show in the Kansas City market and in Time Warner Cable markets across the country has been explosive,” says John Sprugel, Metro Sports assistant general manager and news director. “We are very fortunate to have employees with the expertise and creativity to produce first-class fantasy football programming. This is the first time in Metro Sports’ 11-year history that a studio show has been viewed by a national audience.”
Co-hosted by Chris Gough, Dave Neilson and Herbie Teope, Metro Sports’ Fantasy Huddle features in-depth discussions, analysis and the latest National Football League (NFL) news. Locally, the 30-minute show airs at 6:30 p.m. Thursdays throughout the NFL preseason and regular season on Time Warner Cable channel 30 and replays at various times.
Co-host Teope, a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and Fantasy Sports Writers Association, also edits the Fantasy Huddle Web site found at www.KConDemand.com. The site provides up-to-the-minute player analysis and rankings, breaking news, strategy articles and injury updates.
Fantasy Huddle co-host Gough says that the expansion of the local show into Time Warner Cable markets across the country is the realization of a dream. “It’s exciting to see the expansion of Kansas City Metro Sports content into other television markets,” Gough says. “The fact that the show will now be seen in 17 different markets in the United States is something that the station has always talked about, and it’s great to watch it become a reality.”
Fantasy Huddle will air in Los Angeles, San Diego and Palm Desert in California; Dallas, Austin, El Paso and San Antonio, Texas; Albany, Buffalo, Syracuse and Rochester, New York; Milwaukee and Green Bay, Wisconsin; Cincinnati, Columbus, Cleveland, Akron, Canton, and Dayton, Ohio; Lincoln, Nebraska; North Carolina and South Carolina. More stations may be added before the NFL season opens.
Metro Sports North Texas Executive Producer Kurt Wallace says that adding Fantasy Huddle to his line-up will allow Dallas fantasy football fans to follow their favorite team while gaining an appreciation for the game.
“The Cowboys are Dallas, but the fan who participates in fantasy football goes beyond just being a Cowboys fan. It takes real knowledge of the game to participate in fantasy football and that is what makes Fantasy Huddle such a great program. It gives the true football fan the knowledge and insight to take them to the next level of appreciation,” Wallace says.
Albany, New York’s Time Warner Cable Director of Programming and Production Greg Bobbitt, whose market has a strong base of Giants and Bills fans, says he believes Fantasy Huddle will be greeted with enthusiasm in his area.
“I think that Fantasy Huddle will offer our customers a unique insight into the world of fantasy football,” Bobbitt says. “It is a programming opportunity that, at its core, can capture a viewer based solely on the topic discussed.”
The nationwide popularity of fantasy football and demand for information is demonstrated by fantasy-related analysis and sports tickers tracking player production during live broadcast games, says Kansas City’s Sprugel. Fantasy Huddle takes it to a new level.
“Our fantasy football team of Gough, Neilson and Teope is helping other Time Warner Cable divisions across the country feed the growing interest of their fantasy football fans. By providing a high-quality program, Fantasy Huddle has become and will continue to be a must-see show for any fantasy football enthusiast,” Sprugel says.
About Time Warner Cable—Kansas City System
Time Warner Cable in Kansas City (NYSE: TWC) offers the most advanced cable television, high-speed Internet service, Road Runner and Digital Phone to more than 600,000 homes and businesses in the seven-county Kansas City metropolitan area. Time Warner Cable employs 1,000 people in its various Kansas City locations and provides free service to more than 550 schools. Time Warner Cable Metro Sports is Kansas City’s only 24 hour all sports network. Time Warner Cable Business Class offers a full complement of business communications tools to small and medium-sized businesses and enterprise-sized companies. Its data, voice, video and security solutions are enhanced by award-winning customer service and local support teams. Time Warner Cable is on the Web at www.twckc.com and www.kcondemand.com.