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NBC, ESPN, Fox Expected To Bid On EPL With Separate Three-, Six-Year Packages

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 07 / 31 / 15

U.S. bids to carry EPL games have to be submitted by Aug. 6, and all the usual suspects are planning to be involved -- incumbent NBC, ESPN and Fox, according to multiple sources. The new wrinkle in this bidding process is that the EPL has told the networks that it will accept both three-year and six...

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Mortensen Cancels Appearance On WEEI

ESPN's Chris Mortensen cancelled a scheduled appearance on Boston-based WEEI-FM's "Dennis & Callahan" Friday morning, claiming that hosts John Dennis and Gerry Callahan "made a mistake by drumming up business for the show and how I would address my reporting for the first time," according t ...

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New TV Deal Boosts Cardinals Value Over $1.6B

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Manfred: Court Ruling Won't End MASN Case

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Bears Change Training Camp Media Policies

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Gold Cup Final Popular On Univision

Univision had a strong audience figure among young males for Mexico’s win over Jamaica this past Sunday in the CONCACAF Gold Cup  final, according to data from Nielsen Media. Univision’s Spanish-language telecast (7:49-10:18pm ET) performed well among males 18-34 compared to some o ...

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People & Personalities

In N.Y., Bob Raissman noted ESPN's Stephen A. Smith "broke the story" of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell upholding Patriots QB Tom Brady’s four-game suspension and also "first alerted the free world that Brady had destroyed his cell phone." Both reports came "a few hours before" Goodell officia ...

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Audience Analysis

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MLB Cardinals, FS Midwest Reach New Deal

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Colorado AD Rick George Bullish On Pac-12 Net

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Sources: Josh Elliott Could Return To ABC

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