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    Comcast's Deal With MASN Means Nationals
    Fans Can Now Watch Team In Action
    Forced by the hand of the FCC, Comcast has agreed to put MASN on its cable systems, meaning 1.6 million potential Nationals fans in the DC area will finally be able to see the team’s games. The deal ends a nearly two-year-old carriage dispute between the MSO and RSN. The lack of games on television was a major hindrance to efforts by the Nationals’ new ownership group to build a fan base and establish the franchise’s presence in its new home.

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    “This is more than a blemish. It’s a major stain. The Tour will survive. Other races will go on. The sport won’t come to a screeching halt. But I don’t know how it’s going to bring in new sponsors.”

    — OLN cycling analyst Frankie Andreu, on Tour de France winner Floyd Landis’ “B” sample testing positive for synthetic testosterone (Portland OREGONIAN, 8/6).

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    Inside Edition
    Goodell remains favorite to succeed Tagliabue as NFL owners convene in Chicago.

    Double Vision
    NBC’s overnight Nielsens down slightly for return of NFL, Nextel Cup’s Allstate 400.

    Parting Words
    Comcast-Spectacor hires Sal Galatioto after two groups show interest in buying 76ers.

    Boards Of Education
    David Stern pushes plan for NBA-backed basketball academy.

    The Blues Clues
    MLS lands first-ever rights fee in deal with ESPN/ABC; All- Stars’ victory over Chelsea helps legitimize league.

    If There’s A Will ...
    “Talladega Nights” tops expectations with $47M opening weekend.

    To “B” Continued
    Floyd Landis on the morning talk show circuit to continue proclamations of innocence.

    Throwing Gas On The Fire
    Dispute heightens between car manufacturers and F1.

    BAM Racing
    MLBAM hires Kenny Gersh as Senior VP/Business Development.

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