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January 12, 2006 | Thomas Bonk, Times Staff Writer
If you're looking for the Bob Hope Classic on television beginning in 2007, you'll have to find the Golf Channel on the remote control. Under the PGA Tour's new six-year television contract announced Wednesday, the cable channel will be the new home of the 47-year-old tournament, which will not be telecast by a network for the first time. ABC's final Hope telecast is next week.
December 8, 2005 | Larry Stewart and Meg James, Times Staff Writers
NASCAR announced an eight-year, $4.48-billion television deal Wednesday that will pay the racing organization 40% more per year, beginning in 2007, than it receives under its current agreement. At $555 million, NASCAR would rank fourth in annual revenue for televised professional sports, behind the NFL at $3.735 billion, the NBA's $767 million and Major League Baseball's $713 million. NASCAR's 36-race season will be shared by Fox, ABC, ESPN and TNT.
August 9, 2005 | From Bloomberg News
Comcast Corp. and Time Warner Inc., which made a joint bid on smaller rival Adelphia Communications Corp. in April, are fighting a proposal by DirecTV Group Inc. that they be banned from signing exclusive contracts for regional sports programs after the transaction. The Federal Communications Commission "should reject requests that it prohibit" the cable companies "from entering into exclusive arrangements," Time Warner and Comcast said in a filing with the FCC.
June 17, 2005 | From Associated Press
Runaway bride Jennifer Wilbanks has struck a deal for a TV project about her misadventures. ReganMedia, which publishes books and produces TV shows and movies, said Thursday that it had acquired all media rights to the stories of Wilbanks and her fiance, John Mason. The New York company did not say whether any money had changed hands.
May 28, 2005 | Chris Foster, Times Staff Writer
Already reeling from a canceled season, the NHL has taken another hit: ESPN has decided to not pick up a $60-million option to retain its broadcasting rights in the United States, a source familiar with the situation said Friday. A spokesman for ESPN declined to confirm that decision, but the source said it would be announced Tuesday, the day before the option deadline. NHL officials have been informed of the decision. The league had no comment.
February 18, 2005 | Helene Elliott and Larry Stewart, Times Staff Writers
The cancellation of the NHL season might mark the end of the league's relationship with ESPN. Once a programming staple, the NHL has had a reduced presence on the network in recent years. This season it was scheduled to have 40 regular-season games on ESPN2, and Games 1 and 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals and the All-Star game on ESPN, a deal worth $60 million. ESPN holds options for two more years, at about $70 million a season.
August 19, 2004 | Thomas Bonk, Times Staff Writer
This may be one Tiger Woods "slump" that's really serious. When the PGA Tour coaxed a four-year, $850-million contract out of the networks and cable to televise its events, the deal was not only a 33% increase, it also was regarded as a major victory for Tim Finchem, the tour commissioner. The deal ends after 2006, but when negotiations pick up in 2005 to come up with another agreement, chances are the discussions aren't going to be quite as rosy for the tour this time around.
August 4, 2004 | Jon Healey, Times Staff Writer
After intense lobbying by Hollywood, the Federal Communications Commission is expected to issue a potentially far-reaching ruling today affecting what television viewers can do with the programs they record. The stickiest question before the agency is whether people can use a new breed of digital recorders from TiVo Inc. to pipe recorded programs over the Internet from their homes to their offices, hotel rooms, friends' living rooms or beyond.
June 8, 2003 | Alan Abrahamson, Times Staff Writer
It was 3 in the morning Saturday, and Dick Ebersol, the longtime head of NBC Sports, was on a second-floor balcony at the plush Beau Rivage Hotel in Lausanne, Switzerland, looking out over shimmering Lake Geneva, the French Alps off on the horizon, another victory cigar burning hot-red in the dark. Just hours before, NBC had won the right to televise the 2010 Winter Games and 2012 Summer Olympics to viewers in the United States. The deal cost $2.
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