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ESPN To Renew Deal To Televise Pro Football HOF Enshrinement

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 07 / 28 / 14

ESPN this week is expected to announce that it "has signed a new seven-year deal to televise" the Pro Football HOF's annual induction ceremony through '20, "the league’s 100th anniversary season." ESPN Senior VP/Programming Acquisitions Burke Magnus said that the net is "paying the hall...

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Packers Open To Playing Road Game In London

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MLBPA Files Grievance Against Astros

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NYC FC Brings On Frank Lampard As Second DP

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Franchise Notes

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Broncos Move Forward Without Bowlen

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Shelly Sterling Reps Seek Appeal-Proof Ruling

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Browns' Training Camp Tix Moving Fast

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Bears To Roll Out "Bear Down" Campaign

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NHL Panthers Hope Montoya Draws Cuban Fans

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MLB Franchise Notes

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