Nexstar, Cox Reach Détente Ahead of Super Bowl


Nexstar Broadcasting GroupCOX CommunicationsNexstar Broadcasting Group, Inc. and Cox Communications have resolved their retransmission dispute and signed a new carriage agreement. Specific terms aren’t being disclosed, however the timing comes before this weekend’s Super Bowl.

The deal allows Cox to resume carry Nexstar’s local and network programming on 13 television network affiliates in nine markets. The companies said programming would resume as soon as possible.

Their previous five-year agreement lapsed and Nexstar stations in the markets went dark on Cox cable systems over the weekend, we reported. The markets affected were: Acadiana and Baton Rouge, La.; Florida’s Gulf Coast, Ft. Smith and Springdale, Ark.; Las Vegas; Phoenix; Pittsburg, Kansas and Roanoke, Va.

Until the impasse, Nexstar said it had negotiated 1,200 retransmission agreements over the last 11 years, without a “material disruption of service”.