The Football Network, which shut down its Baton Rouge operations several years ago, says it has completed a reorganization plan and is ready to go back into business. In a press release, Jantonio Turner, who founded the network, says he is ready to unveil a new Web site, and announce new advertiser relationships and funding opportunities.
TFN moved into the Bon Carré Business Park, promising to create 200 jobs and offer 24-hour football programming. The project took tax credits from the state, but the network went off the air in late 2003, after operating for only a few months. Turner blamed TFN’s failure on high expectations, which forced the network to ramp up before financing was completely secure, as well as broken promises from investment bankers. “I never stopped believing this company could be salvaged, turned around,” Turner says.