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Sinclair Broadcasting, parent company of KUTV-Ch. 2, has agreed to buy KJZZ-Channel 14 from Larry H. Miller Communications.
The sales price $6.5 million, according to an FCC filing includes eight translators that carry the KJZZ signal throughout Utah and into adjoining states.
Representatives of KUTV, Sinclair and Miller Communications declined to comment pending FCC review.
The deal has been submitted to the Federal Communications Commission for approval. If the FCC signs off, Sinclair will have three Utah stations. It already owns KUTV and KMYU, which is licensed in St. George.
This would be the second time KJZZ has been partnered with KUTV. From 2005 to 2010, and under previous ownership, KUTV handled technical operations for Channel 14 and aired some KUTV-produced local newscasts on KJZZ.
Since 2010, KJZZ has contracted with Bonneville Communications, parent company of KSL-Channel 5, for those technical operations. That deal would end if the Sinclair purchase is approved.
Channel 14 went on the air in April 1989 as KXIV XIV being the Roman numerals for 14 and was owned by American Stores. In February 1993, the station was sold to Larry H. Miller, who turned it into the broadcast home of his NBA franchise, the Utah Jazz, and changed the call letters to KJZZ.
While Channel 14 telecast the majority of Jazz games for more than a decade, that number dwindled as Miller made deals with FSN-Utah (now ROOT Sports) to show more games on cable.
The number of games on KJZZ fell to just 16 in the 2008-2009 season, just before the entire local TV package moved to cable.
Channel 14 was an affiliate of the now-defunct UPN (United Paramount Network) from 1995-2001; it affiliated with MyNetworkTV from 2006-2008, although it mostly delayed that network's programming until late-night.
Channel 14 was also the local broadcast TV home of University of Utah football and basketball from 1995 until 2006, when the Mountain West Conference which counted Utah among its members at the time launched its own cable TV channel.
Since then, KJZZ has broadcast little but syndicated game shows, sitcoms and dramas. Local programming was largely confined to high school football (and some prep basketball), In the fall of 2015, Channel 14 began airing some Weber State football and basketball games.