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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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07/28/15
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