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SBD/February 21, 2013/Media
ESPN's John Skipper Discusses Hiring of Ray Lewis, NHL Coverage, Rights To Catholic 7
Published February 21, 2013
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TAKING A SLAP SHOT: Deitsch noted ESPN is often criticized for "not covering hockey as prominently as it did when it owned the television contract." Skipper said that the "perception that ESPN has given hockey the short end of the stick is not accurate." He said, "Look, I don't think it's fair. I see 'SportsCenter' every day and we cover hockey every day. We do not have a significant differential between highlights of hockey now and when we had it. The only difference is we are not there (as a rights holder)."
FINAL DESTINATION: Asked what network will end up with rights to the Catholic 7, Skipper predicted the group of schools "will sign with Fox, but he's hoping ESPN can still have a presence." Skipper said, "I think it will be good basketball. We are not in a first-position here. It's clear that Fox has established a relationship. I can't tell you that they will get a deal done but I think they will, and then we will be interested in sub-licensing" (SI.com, 2/20).