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Former NHLer STEVE MOORE yesterday "received an out-of-court settlement" in his civil suit against the Canucks and NHL free agent TODD BERTUZZI . The suit was "scheduled to go to trial Sept. 8 in Toronto, and witnesses were to include" NHL Commissioner GARY BETTMAN . A lawyer for Bertuzzi said t...

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08/04/14
Media Notes

SI.com's Richard Deitsch wrote it was "sensational work" by ESPN's TV crew for "how they handled the live airing" of Pacers F Paul George’s injury during the Team USA scrimmage on Friday night in Las Vegas. ESPN play-by-play announcer Mark Jones and analyst Fran Fraschilla were "measured wit ...

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08/01/14
Carriage Standoff Hurts TWC's Revenue Projections

Time Warner Cable on Thursday "lowered its revenue projections" for '14 because of its "inability to distribute SportsNet LA, the new TV home" of the Dodgers, according to Joe Flint of the L.A. TIMES. TWC CFO Artie Minson on a conference call said, "Assume we do not sign affiliate agreements for the ...

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08/01/14
MASN, Nationals File Preservation Rights Petitions

Both MASN and the Nationals have filed preservation rights petitions with a N.Y. court designed to either vacate or confirm a recent, private MLB arbitration ruling favoring the Nationals in their ongoing media rights disputes, several industry sources said. Those motions had to be made within 30 da ...

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08/01/14
SEC Schools Prepare For Network Launch

The launch of the SEC Network is a "mere two weeks away," and everyone at Auburn Univ.'s new network bureau room studio is "in a hurry to cap preparations and end the construction," according to Brandon Marcello of the BIRMINGHAM NEWS. When the SEC Network launches Aug. 14, each school is "expected ...

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08/01/14
WWE To Cut 7% Of Workforce

WWE on Thusday announced that it will cut 7% of its workforce as “part of a push to increase profitability,” according to Brian Dowling of the HARTFORD COURANT. The job reductions would “affect roughly 53 of the 762 positions the company said it had in February” ( HARTFORD C ...

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08/01/14
People & Personalities

In N.Y., Phil Mushnick examines the role of ESPN in the controversy surrounding Stephen A. Smith's comments on domestic violence . Smith was "guilty of rotten, even revolting on-the-spot spewing," yet "how does ESPN escape its own planned, similarly rotten judgments?" ESPN "recruits the worst acts ...

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08/01/14
Final Ratings: Brickyard 400, UFC On Fox

ESPN finished with a 3.4 rating and 5.2 million viewers for its final telecast of the annual NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway last Sunday, down from a 3.6 rating and 5.46 million viewers last year. The figure is the second lowest for ESPN since it began airing the race i ...

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07/31/14
Charter Nearing Deal With SEC Net

A Charter Communications spokesperson yesterday said that the company is "nearing a distribution deal with ESPN to deliver the SEC Network when the channel begins airing" Aug. 14, according to Jason Morton of the TUSCALOOSA NEWS. With Charter’s 5.7 million customers, SEC Network "will launch i ...

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07/31/14
Ombudsman Addresses Smith Comments

ESPN Ombudsman Robert Lipsyte's latest column discussed Stephen A. Smith's comments on Ravens RB Ray Rice , noting Smith's "problems have always been more mechanical than moral." His mouth "runs faster than his mind, and his footwork is not always nimble enough to navigate the mazes of his orn ...

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07/31/14
"College GameDay" To Start In Ft. Worth

ESPN will "begin and end its coverage of this year’s college football season from Sundance Square Plaza," bringing its "College GameDay" broadcast to downtown Ft. Worth next month and again in January, according to Sandra Baker of the FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM. ESPN Senior Coordinating Producer ...

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