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July 11, 2001 | RICHARD VERRIER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Seeking to package more sports news with an online look, ESPN Inc. is revamping its 24-hour sports news television network. The Walt Disney Co.-owned cable broadcaster will overhaul its ESPNews network Sept. 7, the 22nd anniversary of ESPN's launch. The changes will replicate many features of the Web site ESPN.com, such as up-to-the-minute sports scores.
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July 11, 2001 | RICHARD VERRIER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Seeking to package more sports news with an online look, ESPN Inc. is revamping its 24-hour sports news television network. The Walt Disney Co.-owned cable broadcaster will overhaul its ESPNews network Sept. 7, the 22nd anniversary of ESPN's launch. The changes will replicate many features of the Web site ESPN.com, such as up-to-the-minute sports scores.
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February 17, 2007 | From Bloomberg News
Adelphia Communications Corp., whose $17-billion bankruptcy exit plan was implemented this week, asked a U.S. Bankruptcy Court in New York to deny a request by ESPN Inc. and other Walt Disney Co. units for $210 million in programming fees. Adelphia said the Disney units were seeking payment of profits they speculate they might have earned over the remaining terms of pre-bankruptcy programming contracts. Adelphia said once its cable systems were sold in July, there were no Adelphia subscribers.
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March 17, 2005 | Meg James
Walt Disney Co.'s ESPN Inc. announced that it would launch a monthly Spanish-language edition of ESPN the Magazine in partnership with Mexico's largest media company, Grupo Televisa. The magazine, which is scheduled to roll out in May, will be called ESPN Desportes. It will target the lucrative U.S. Latino market with coverage of international soccer, the National Football League, Major League Baseball, Caribbean and Mexican League baseball, boxing, auto racing and other sports.
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December 11, 2001 | Bloomberg News
ESPN Inc., the sports network owned by Walt Disney Co., said it will introduce a new European sports network dedicated to classic sporting events starting in France next year. The company will inaugurate its service in France, where it aims to reach 2.5 million subscribers through TPS and CanalSatellite, the country's satellite-TV operators. ESPN plans to expand to other European markets over the following years.
BUSINESS
December 21, 2000 | From Bloomberg News
Walt Disney Co. and its ESPN Inc. and ABC Inc. units have been accused in a federal lawsuit of infringing technology for interactive television. The federal lawsuit, filed by Los Gatos, Calif.-based ACTV Inc., accuses the world's second-largest media company of using three ACTV patents for an interactive TV system that Disney uses during broadcasts of "Monday Night Football" and "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire."
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May 8, 2008 | From Bloomberg News
Quiksilver Inc., maker of the namesake surfing and snowboarding gear, was sued by sports network ESPN Inc. on claims it violated a trademark on the cable channel's X-Games competition franchise. Quiksilver uses a stylized "X" emblem on clothing, labels and accessories that is "confusingly similar" to ESPN's logo for the series of surfing and biking contests, according to the lawsuit filed this month in federal court in New York. "Despite protests by ESPN, Quiksilver has since willfully expanded the use of the infringing mark, and Quiksilver's apparel and accessories are now replete with the infringing mark," the suit alleges.
BUSINESS
March 16, 2006 | From Bloomberg News
Walt Disney Co. and the cable television industry released two studies Wednesday that fault a recent government report on the sale of cable TV channels separately rather than in packages, saying the shift would increase consumer costs. Commissioned by Disney and the National Cable & Telecommunications Assn., the studies disputed a Feb. 9 Federal Communications Commission report supporting so-called a la carte channel sales.
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February 16, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Larry Kamm, an Emmy Award-winning director for ABC Sports, died of lung cancer Friday in New York City, ABC Sports announced. He was 64. "We are deeply saddened," said George Bodenheimer, president of ABC Sports and ESPN Inc. "We will always remember him for his passion for broadcasting and his insatiable appetite for work." Kamm worked at ABC for more than 36 years and won 13 Emmys, including one for his work on "Monday Night Football" in 1987.
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January 18, 2005 | From Reuters
Video game publisher Electronic Arts Inc. said Monday that it had signed a 15-year licensing deal with sports broadcaster ESPN Inc., giving it the rights to use the network's brand and to develop games based on ESPN properties. The deal strikes a further blow against what was EA's chief competition in the sports market, the line of games from Sega Sammy Holdings Inc. and Take-Two Interactive Software Inc. that previously held the ESPN rights and used the ESPN name.
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