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Simpson upped at FSN

Exec to o'see regional sports business

Steve Simpson has been promoted to VP-general manager of Fox Sports Net (West) and Fox Sports Net (West) 2.

He will oversee all aspects of the regional sports business as well as work with other Fox entities involved with Fox Sports Net.

Simpson replaces Todd Merkow, who left earlier this year to join the Los Angeles Avengers.

“Steve’s initial challenges will be to improve on the growing ratings of our nightly local sports newsshow, ‘Southern California Sports Report’ and develop additional locally produced programming,” said Randy Freer, executive VP of Fox Sports Net.

Most recently Simpson, who joined FSN in 1999, served as local sales manager for FSN and FSN 2.

Prior to joining Fox Sports Net, Simpson was the sales manager at Clear Channel Radio/XTRA Sports 1150 AM in Los Angeles, and the director of broadcast sales for the Houston Astros from 1989 to 1995.

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