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Media Notes

Fox TV Stations CEO Jack Abernethy said he could see the network relinquishing rights to the NFL when its current deal expires is '22, but he does not think it is "going to happen." Abernethy: "NBC lost the NFL years back and did pretty well before they got it back in Sunday night. A station with strong local ties and strong local programming will be OK. We're not expecting that to happen" (DEADLINE.com, 1/22).

APPLES & ORANGES? THEBIGLEAD.com's Ryan Glasspiegel noted Baseball HOFer Pedro Martinez on Tuesday "made relatively similar comments" as ESPN analyst and Mets advisor Jessica Mendoza did last week about former Astros P Mike Fiers "whistleblowing." Glasspiegel: "Will he be subjected to similar scrutiny?" Martinez is a studio analyst for MLB Network and TBS, and "took on a front office special assistant role" with the Red Sox in '13. Still, it is "highly unlikely that Martinez faces anywhere near the backlash that Mendoza did" (THEBIGLEAD.com, 1/21).

NOTES: Sports Illustrated yesterday launched its "reimagined" print magazine under Maven, which took ownership last year. The first of 22 issues in '20 will be tied to the Super Bowl (SI.com, 1/22)....The American Cornhole League signed a multiyear rights extension with ESPN (THE DAILY).