Comcast Local Going Off The Air

**FILE** A sign bearing Comcast's name hangs in the lobby of its state headquarters in Sandy, Utah. in this Nov. 3, 2005 file photo. Comcast Corp., the nation's biggest cable TV systems operator, said Thursday, Oct. 25, 2007 that its third-quarter profit fell 54 percent and new customer additions slowed amid intensified competition from phone and satellite TV companies. (AP Photo/Douglas C. Pizac, file)
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Say goodbye to Comcast Local, effective in March.

The channel, owned by cable giant Comcast, has been dedicated to showing local high school sports in Indiana and Michigan since 2004.

Comcast has decided to take Local off the air in both states, due to business considerations.

"In this competitive marketplace, Comcast continues to evaluate its programming lineup," said Patrick Paterno, director of communications for Comcast's Michigan region. "Over the past three years, there have been numerous changes in the sports programming environment, from national to regional to local sport coverage. Comcast is committed to sports programming and continues to be the best source for local, regional and national sports programming."

John Johnson, communications director for the Michigan High School Athletic Association, is monitoring the situation.
"It's just a shame that Comcast is taking away a venue that showed grass-roots sports," Johnson said. "We're sad for the student-athletes who had a chance to get their games shown. It's a lesson in business in the real world, I guess, for these kids."

The end of Comcast Local also will lead to the closure of its various broadcast production facilities around the state.

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