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ESPN Won't Continue Airing French Open, Citing Meager Ratings, Poor Time Slots

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 08 / 03 / 15

ESPN is "walking away from the French Open after 13 years," according to SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL's Kaplan & Ourand. ESPN execs said that the decision is "based on the network’s position as the second or third TV outlet covering the tournament -- behind NBC and Tennis Channel." Tha...

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Tags: ABC, Anaheim Ducks, Anaheim Sports, CBS, DirecTV, ESPN, MLS, NBC, News Corp./Fox, NHL, Sports Illustrated, Media, Viacom, Visa, Walt Disney

04/18/97
IMPROVING PISTONS HEAT UP MOTOR CITY RATINGS WARS

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Tags: Detroit Pistons, Detroit Red Wings, Palace Sports & Entertainment, Media, UPN

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Tags: CBS, ESPN, NFL, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, Media, SportsLine.com, Sprint, Time Warner, Viacom, Vulcan Ventures, Walt Disney

04/17/97
DISNEY LOVES ITS ICE SPORTS: ABC TO AIR SKATING THROUGH 2007

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04/17/97
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Tags: Cleveland Indians, MLB, Seattle Mariners, Media

04/17/97
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MEDIA NOTES

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