Quote of the Day

"It was a very difficult day Sunday for all of us at NBC because we put on a great presentation, I thought, of a wonderful championship match, and it was extremely difficult for all of us knowing that it was our last time."
-- NBC tennis play-by-play announcer Ted Robinson, on the net losing the Wimbledon TV rights to ESPN. ("Strictly Sports," WZGV-AM, 7/5)
Wednesday July 6, 2011 Vol. 17 — No. 204 Print This Issue

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  • You Will Be Looking Live

    ESPN acquires all rights to Wimbledon in 12-year deal worth about $480M

    ESPN yesterday formally announced that it has acquired exclusive U.S. media rights to live action from Wimbledon in a 12-year agreement with the All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club, effective next year. The deal, which is worth around $480M, ends NBC’s 43-year association with the event. NBC, Fox and ESPN had been competing for the tennis tournament’s rights over the past several months. The deal means that all Wimbledon matches will be shown live on cable, as ESPN has been pushing to bring big sporting events to cable. ESPN already signed deals to bring events like the British Open and BCS Championships to cable, and Wimbledon makes another example. ESPN plans to make some taped programming available on ABC fo ...

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  • Collective Soul

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  • Trying To Stay Busy

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  • Eagle Has Landed, Again

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  • Tex Message

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  • Give 'Em The Heat

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  • Sign Here

    Several frugal teams' spending is "good sign" for the NHL.

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