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TV Talks Coming Soon

SPORTS WEEKEND | NFL AT A GLANCE / DAILY REPORT : AROUND
THE LEAGUE

November 14, 1997

After watching the NBA more than double its television deal, NFL negotiators are excited about beginning talks on a new contract Dec. 1.

"The NBA concluded a very successful negotiations and we look forward to our turn in the batter's box," said Val Pinchbeck, the NFL's vice president for broadcasting. "We expect a substantial increase in rights fees."

Industry experts believe the NFL will get closer to a 50% increase in fees, as opposed to the 105% increase for the NBA.

The NFL's four-year, $4.4-billion deal with ABC, NBC, Fox, ESPN and TNT expires at the end of the season.

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