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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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