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Prosecutors, Defense Attorneys In Talks To End Ecclestone Trial

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Prosecutors and attorneys for  Bernie Ecclestone are "in talks about a possible deal to end" the F1 CEO's bribery trial in Germany. His defense team today called for "proceedings to be closed, citing a lack of evidence that Ecclestone was criminally responsible and asserting that the proc...

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DirecTV Expands NFL Sunday Ticket To More Devices

While DirecTV has expanded its NFL Sunday Ticket to "now include streaming on phones, tablets and game consoles in addition to computers, the service hasn't yet been fully opened up," according to Eli Blumenthal of USA TODAY. The company in a state ...

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WEEI-FM Host Rants About Erin Andrews

WEEI-FM's Kirk Minihane last night posted a "carefully crafted apology" on the station’s website after he made several "vulgar on-air comments" during yesterday's "Dennis & Callahan" show about Fox' Erin Andrews, according to Jessica Heslam of the BOSTON HERALD. Minihane in his apolog ...

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"Rocky" Musical To Close In August

Producers said that the "Rocky" musical will give its "last performance at the Winter Garden Theater on Aug. 17," according to William Grimes of the N.Y. TIMES. The $15M musical -- based on the '76 film -- will have "run for 28 previews and 188 reg ...

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Media Notes

The NFL Panthers and Time Warner Cable SportsChannel announced a multiyear programming agreement to make the channel the exclusive cable TV home of the team. Starting this month, the outlet will carry 250 hours of annual programming that will air throughout North and South Carolina. This includes pr ...

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Fox Wins The Night Behind MLB All-Star Game

Fox earned an 8.0 overnight rating for the MLB All-Star Game yesterday from 8:15-11:30pm ET, giving the net a primetime win among all nets. The 8.0 rating is down slightly from an 8.1 rating the net earned the past two years. Coverage began with a 7.6 rating at 8:15pm and peaked during the 8:30pm ...

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Selig Confident In Orioles-Nats MASN Settlement

MLB Commissioner Bud Selig yesterday expressed confidence the long-running MASN media rights dispute between the Nationals and Orioles could be solved before he retires, saying there is a “good chance” of a resolution in the next several months. Selig said, “We’ve spent an ...

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MLB Driving Hard Bargain For Local Streaming Rights

MLB and RSNs "remain far apart in their talks over rights to stream local games," according to sources cited by Josh Kosman of the N.Y. POST. Sources said that RSNs are offering "roughly 13 cents per subscriber per month -- while MLB is asking for about double that amount." With about 70 m ...

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Major U.S. Markets Lead World Cup Ratings

DC led all markets across ABC/ESPN/ESPN2 during coverage of the ’14 FIFA World Cup, averaging a 4.9 local rating for 64 matches. The nation’s capital ranked No. 3 in ’10, averaging a 3.6 local rating. Miami-Ft. Lauderdale led all markets in ’10 with a 3.9 local rating, but dr ...

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SEC Network Execs Detail Coverage Plans

The SEC Network launches on Aug. 14, and how the channel covers its namesake conference "could be telling in what's highlighted and what's not," according to Jon Solomon of CBSSPORTS.com. ESPN and conference officials stress the net "will report on unflattering news, but won't be investigating topic ...

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Rain Hampers Home Run Derby Rating

ESPN drew a 3.9 overnight rating for last night’s MLB Home Run Derby, which was delayed by an hour due to rain and ended up airing from 9:00pm-12:00am ET, marking the net’s latest start on record for the event. That figure is down sharply from the 5.0 overnight last year. A’s LF ...

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