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Friday, January 30
Kroenke Sports Enterprise to launch network

Associated Press

BOULDER, Colo. -- Kroenke Sports Enterprises plans to launch its own television network to broadcast Colorado Avalanche, Denver Nuggets and Colorado Mammoth games, The Daily Camera of Boulder reported Friday.

A receptionist at Kroenke Sports said no one was available to comment on the report. Team representatives did not return calls seeking comment.

Fox Sports Net, whose contracts to televise Denver's NBA and NHL games expire after this season, said negotiations for renewal were continuing.

"As part of the ongoing renewal discussions, we feel we've made some compelling offers. Fox Sports Net would love to be the home of the Avalanche and Nuggets for many years to come," said Tim Griggs, FSN's general manager and vice president.

Fox Sports Net still has contracts with the Colorado Rockies through the 2007 season and with the Utah Jazz, the University of Denver, the Big 12 and Pac-10 conferences for football, and the Atlantic Coast Conference for basketball.

It has about 2.2 million cable subscribers in Colorado, Utah, Wyoming and parts of Montana, Idaho, Nebraska, Kansas and Nevada.

E. Stanley Kroenke owns the Nuggets, Avalanche, lacrosse's Mammoth and Pepsi Center, where all three teams play. Kroenke Sports Enterprises also owns the Colorado Rapids and plans to build the Major League Soccer franchise its own stadium by 2006.

Along with John Elway and Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen, Kroenke is part owner of the Arena Football League's Colorado Crush, who also play at the Pepsi Center.