Quote of the Day
"As technology changes the world, the number of people who only have over-the-air television is getting smaller and smaller. We have to look at the big picture, and how that one disadvantage is being outweighed by other advantages."-- Lakers VP/PR John Black, on the new 20-year agreement with Time Warner Cable that will remove the team from free TV with the exception of national network broadcasts. (L.A. TIMES, 2/16)
ESPN has pulled out of negotiations for the Belmont Stakes, meaning that NBC almost certainly will pick up its TV rights and all three Triple Crown races will be reunited on the same network for the first time since '05. In a statement released to THE DAILY, ESPN said, "Our contract was up and we elected not to renew. It did not make good business sense to renew so we have moved on and will focus our horse racing coverage on the Breeders' Cup." NBC holds the Kentucky Derby rights through '15; Preakness rights are still in flux, but NBC is likely to get those as well, sources said. ESPN has carried the Belmont on ABC since '06 after signing a five-year, $20M deal for the race. To cut that deal, the ...
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