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FINAL WIMBLEDON BIDS MADE BY NBC AND FOX

     Yesterday, NBA and Fox made their final bids on a new 6-year
Wimbledon contract.  Incumbents HBO and NBC "most likely" bumped
their annual fee from a current combined figure of $20M to $25M-
plus.  Fox Sports spokesperson Vince Wladika denied Fox and its
fX cable partner met the $35M a year goal they would need to win
the U.S. rights.  Wladika: "That's the wrong terms and dollars,
and it's not just for U.S. rights."  Fox hopes to combine
European and Asian satellite rights, which NBC and HBO contend
should be separated from U.S. rights (Rudy Martzke, USA TODAY,
11/10).
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