- Carolinas Sports Entertainment Television
Carolinas Sports Entertainment Television, or C-SET, was a
regional sports networkin the United Statesthat was in operation from October 2004until June 2005. This was the primary television vehicle of the Charlotte Bobcatsof the National Basketball Associationduring that team's first season in the league.
C-SET was a joint venture between Bobcats owner
Robert L. Johnson, the executive who founded Black Entertainment Televisionand used the money to become the first majority African-Americanowner in NBA history, and Time Warner Cable, the cable provider for most of the Carolinas. It was supposed to cover both North Carolinaand South Carolina. An aspect that set C-SET apart from similar team-owned channels is that Time Warner Cable did not put the channel on analog cable, instead using it as an attraction to get customers for their digital cableservices. A package of 15 Bobcats games produced by C-SET did air on WJZY.
In addition to the Bobcats, C-SET aired college sports programs, mostly from the
Big South Conferenceand Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association, outdoorsprogramming (hunting and fishing), auto racing, and action sports. C-SET also planned a nightly sportscast.
Closure and aftermath
C-SET lasted only one NBA season and folded on the day of the
2005 NBA Draft. The lack of analog cable carriage and the resulting poor attendance of the team was seen as a primary reason, as was the lack of other distributors carrying it. Additionally, Time Warner blocked satellite televisionproviders from carrying the channel.
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