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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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ESPY Audience Matches Other Awards Shows

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NBC Sports' NASCAR Coverage Still Garnering Praise

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Former Pittsburgh Columnist's Website Thriving

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Gold Cup Audience Strong For Univision, FS1

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Colin Cowherd Set To Depart ESPN

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All-Star Viewership At Record-Low Levels

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ESPYs Audience Up With ABC Move

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Media Notes

In California, Louis Brewster noted Fox Sports' new deal with the NHRA "will include 16 live Sunday shows, four of which will air nationally over Fox." This is a "dramatic increase" of live broadcasts as ESPN2, which had been the NHRA partner since '00, only showed five this this season and had sh ...

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