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SBD/May 6, 2014/Media
John Skipper Says ESPN, MLS "On The Precipice" Of New TV Rights Deal
Published May 6, 2014
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MY CUP RUNNETH OVER: ESPN Senior Coordinating Producer for the '14 FIFA World Cup Amy Rosenfeld said of the net's upcoming coverage, "The best service we can give to all of you is, in some ways, to stay out of the way. But when we introduce ourselves to the coverage, it had better be damn good." PHILLY.com's Tannenwald noted there is a "pretty strong feeling inside and outside of Bristol that they'll set the bar higher than Fox can reach" in '18 or '22. ESPN will have "a dozen analysts who will rotate between games and the studio, six play-by-play announcers, five dedicated reporters and three studio hosts." The net also "won't be afraid to bring in more voices from its international channels covering the event from the same building." When you "add up everything that ESPN and ABC have planned," it is a "personal triumph for Skipper, who is one of soccer's biggest champions at the network" (PHILLY.com, 4/4).