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MULTIPLE REPORTS HAVE NFL TV TALKS DRAWING TO A CLOSE
Published January 9, 1998
During meetings of the NFL TV committee in the past few days, "each of the incumbents (ABC, Fox, NBC, ESPN and Turner) received proposals from the league seeking substantial increases in rights fees," according to sources of NEWSDAY's Steve Zipay. Zipay's "league source" said, "If they [the networks] meet the numbers -- and they're expected to -- (the negotiations are) over." One senior network exec, who requested anonymity, said that there was "more than a 50-50 chance of an announcement" before next Friday. Zipay writes that a deal could be announced "possibly as early as next Tuesday" (NEWSDAY, 1/9). USA TODAY's Rudy Martzke reports that a deal could be finalized "as early as Wednesday." He writes the league "is expected" to see "an increase of as much as 63%-64%," from $1.1B to $1.8B per year. He adds that ABC's "Monday Night Football" could see the largest increase, up 97%, to $450M per (USA TODAY, 1/9).