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SBD/Issue 244/Sports Media
Published September 9, 2009
ESPN Exec VP/Content John Skipper indicated the net plans to bid for the U.S. TV rights to the '14 and '16 Olympics, saying ESPN is "having discussions" with the IOC. Skipper: "We'll be there." Meanwhile, Fox Sports VP/Communications Dan Bell indicated that Fox also will bid for the rights. Bell: "The Olympics are one of the premier sporting events in the world and we will absolutely be a part of the bidding process when the time comes." USA TODAY's Michael McCarthy wrote, "You'd think NBC would have the inside track on TV rights to the 2014 and 2016 games. But ESPN/ABC will likely be a strong competitor" (USA TODAY, 9/8).
CATS' CRADLE: In Charlotte, Mark Washburn reported WFNZ-AM is "said to be closing in on a contract to broadcast" Bobcats games this season. The team's games last season "were marooned on a Spanish station when WOLS-FM flipped formats from oldies in January" (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 9/5).
NOTES: NBC Sports has launched a Notre Dame Central App for iPhone and iPod touch users allowing access to live MobiTV-powered coverage of all Notre Dame home football games (NBC)....Cox Communications has launched the Big Ten Network in the Omaha, Nebraska, market. The move is a "boon for Iowa Hawkeye fans as the Omaha DMA spills into western Iowa, part of the conference's footprint" (MULTICHANNEL.com, 9/5).