University of Hawaiʻi and KHNL/K-5 sign new three-year agreement for continued coverage of UH Manoa sports

University of Hawaiʻi
Paul Costello, 808/956-8109
External Affairs & University Relations
Jim Manke, 808/956-6099
External Affairs & University Relations
Posted: Jul 10, 2002

The University of Hawaiʻi has reached a three-year agreement with KFVE television that spells out terms for continued coverage of UH Manoa athletic events through June 2005. Under terms of the agreement, KFVE will pay the university $700,000 per year for rights to sports broadcasts.

The university will gain additional income through a new partnership between UH, KFVE and Oceanic Cablevision whereby home football games will be televised live statewide on pay-per view for the first time.

Under terms of the agreement, Oʻahu viewers will be charged $12.95 per game, while neighbor island viewers will pay $5.00 per game for the first year. Previously, UH home football games aired live only on the neighbor islands. As in the past, games will be shown on KFVE on a same-night delay beginning at 10 p.m.

The university will receive 70 percent of the pay-per-view fees on the first $1 million. Once university revenues total $1.4 million in a year (including the $700,000 rights fee), the share of the proceeds drops to 33 percent for each party.

"This agreement guarantees the university a fair financial return for broadcast rights for UH sports," said Paul Costello, Vice President for External Affairs and University Relations. "It also offers fans an enormous amount of continued sports coverage free in addition to the first time live coverage on pay-per-view for Oʻahu."

KFVE plans to cover approximately 120 sports events each year, and air 200 programs including re-broadcasts. KFVE and its sister station KHNL have owned the rights to UH sports events since 1984. In addition to athletic events on KFVE, KHNL/News8 will produce and air a weekly 30-minute University of Hawaiʻi public affairs program scheduled to debut in September, airing Saturday afternoons at 5 p.m.

"We are thrilled to continue our long-standing commitment to UH athletics," said John Fink, KHNL/KFVE general manager. "Over the years we have provided more coverage of more sports than any other station in the country for a university. Our commitment has been a good one for the university and its student athletes and we want to build on the successful partnership to the benefit of the entire community."