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October 14, 1992 | From Staff and Wire Reports
The Appellate Division of New York State Supreme Court ruled that SportsChannel America could not enjoin the NHL from broadcasting its games over the ESPN cable television network. SportsChannel America had broadcast NHL games for the last four years.
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August 9, 2007 | Larry Stewart
The ESPN2 telecast of Tuesday night's game in which Barry Bonds hit record-setting home run No. 756 got a national rating of 1.1 and attracted an average of 995,000 viewers. The rating peaked at 1.9 with 1.759 million viewers from 9-9:15 p.m. shortly after Bonds hit his fifth-inning homer, which indicates word spread fast. In all, ESPN2 televised eight games involving the San Francisco Giants as Bonds pursued Hank Aaron's record, and those telecasts averaged a 0.9 rating, an increase over the 0.
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SPORTS
November 1, 1999 | MARTIN HENDERSON TIMES STAFF WRITER
With a potentially fatal car crash on its hands and yards of tape on its recorders, ESPN played its live coverage of Greg Moore's crash close to the vest Sunday during its broadcast of the Marlboro 500. Moore later died from injuries suffered on lap 10 of the 250-lap race at California Speedway in Fontana, the final event of the Championship Auto Racing Teams FedEx championship series.
SPORTS
June 26, 2007 | Eric Sondheimer, Times Staff Writer
The nation's top high school football players now have one more opportunity -- and decision to fret over. A new nationally televised showcase all-star game has begun a two-network competition for their attention. ESPN announced Monday that more than 40 high school seniors have accepted invitations for the first ESPNU High School All-American Game on Jan. 5 at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex near Orlando, Fla.
BUSINESS
July 28, 2001 | RICHARD VERRIER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Walt Disney Co. said Friday that it had reached a five-year deal with the world's top-ranked golfer, Tiger Woods, to play in prime-time golf matches on Disney's ABC and ESPN networks. The deal, which had been expected for several weeks, is scaled down significantly from the wide-ranging endorsement Disney originally had sought. Disney reportedly wanted Woods to serve as an endorser for Disney's theme parks and other divisions.
SPORTS
July 6, 2001 | From Associated Press
The women's national college basketball tournament will get more air time and possible scheduling changes under a $200-million, 11-year TV deal announced Thursday by the NCAA and ESPN. The expiring NCAA-ESPN contract, covering a number of sports, was for $19 million over seven years. NCAA President Cedric Dempsey said the contract to televise 21 national championships was 1 1/2 years in the making. The biggest effect will be on the women's basketball tournament.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 12, 2001 | CRAIG TOMASHOFF, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Last winter, everyone wanted a piece of Martin Sheen. He was in the middle of the first season of his award-winning NBC drama, "The West Wing," and had no time to attend the countless charity functions and awards shows he was invited to. Then "The ESPYs" called, and he paid his own way to get there. After Matt Damon and Ben Affleck took home Oscars for "Good Will Hunting" in 1998, they could have had anything they asked for in Hollywood.
SPORTS
August 17, 2005 | Mike Penner
Separating reality from fantasy is getting harder all the time -- or, if you missed it, this is what happened on ESPN's "NFL Live" on Tuesday: After an interview with new Arizona Cardinal quarterback Kurt Warner, analysts Mike Golic and Mark Schlereth discussed Warner's prospects for the upcoming season, with Golic concluding, "They say he can be a 'system quarterback.' It certainly didn't work with the Giants.... They've got to make him get rid of the ball quickly ...
SPORTS
December 7, 1999 | LARRY STEWART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Regular-season baseball games will continue to be televised by ESPN and ESPN2 through at least 2005 under terms of an 11th-hour settlement reached shortly before a federal trial was to begin in New York on Monday. ESPN and major league baseball jointly announced a new six-year, $851-million deal, beginning next season.
SPORTS
May 23, 1999 | From Associated Press
Major league baseball, which terminated its contract with ESPN earlier this month over the switch of three September games to a secondary outlet, is countersuing the cable network, as well. The issue is whether ESPN broke its contract by moving three baseball games to ESPN2 in September so that it could show three NFL games--Pittsburgh at Cleveland, New York Jets at Buffalo and New York Giants at New England --in their place on the main network.
BUSINESS
June 12, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
Walt Disney Co.'s sports network ESPN is buying Cricinfo.com, the world's largest specialist cricket website, as it expands beyond its traditional strengths of American football, basketball and NASCAR. ESPN said it was buying the website from British publishing company Wisden Group for an undisclosed amount. Cric-info.com was founded in 1993 and has more than 7 million users each month on Internet and mobile applications.
BUSINESS
June 7, 2007 | From Bloomberg News
Walt Disney Co. and its ABC and ESPN television networks were sued by a Racing Hall of Fame jockey and the trainer of the filly Ruffian to stop a movie about the horse's career, cut short by a 1975 accident at Belmont Park. The complaint alleges violations of trademarks held by Jacinto Vasquez, Ruffian's jockey, and trainer Frank Whiteley. The movie, set for release Saturday, is falsely billed as a true story, according to the complaint.
SPORTS
February 22, 2007 | Larry Stewart, Times Staff Writer
It had been a long pit stop for ESPN. The network went from November 2000 until last Saturday between NASCAR races. "The count for anybody asking was, as of today, 2,278 days since we televised our last race," Jed Drake, ESPN senior vice president and executive producer, said at Daytona Beach, Fla., last week, three days before ESPN2 televised the Busch race there. Fox televised the main event at Daytona, and that will be the case again at California Speedway this weekend.
BUSINESS
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.
BUSINESS
February 9, 2007 | From the Associated Press
The jockeying to bring the most popular names from TV and the Web to cellphones produced another exclusive deal Thursday with Verizon Wireless nabbing a multiyear agreement to offer ESPN's flashy feed of sports scores, newscasts and video highlights on the tiny screen. The plan to revive Mobile ESPN -- initially born as a full-blown cellphone company that would compete with big players such as Verizon before Burbank-based Walt Disney Co.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 17, 2006 | Paul Brownfield, Times Staff Writer
DO they still call baseball America's pastime? Because it isn't. America's pastime is betting on the NFL. Also, pretending to work while you make your NFL office-pool picks; also, pretending to work while you're checking an injury report on one of your fantasy league players.
SPORTS
May 5, 1999 | LARRY STEWART
A dispute between ESPN and major league baseball over the placement of three Sunday night games in September has reached such magnitude that it could mean the end of all regular-season baseball on ESPN after this season. Baseball confirmed Tuesday that it has terminated the regular-season contract with ESPN, effective at the end of the season, thus ending a 10-year relationship. ESPN announced that it filed suit Tuesday in U.S.
SPORTS
August 10, 2005 | From Bloomberg News
ESPN, which in April declined its $60-million option to telecast the NHL this season, is now interested in matching any deal the league makes for broadcast rights, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported Tuesday. Comcast Corp., the biggest cable operator in the U.S., is close to a two-year agreement for more than $100 million to show NHL games the next two seasons on its Outdoor Life Network.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 17, 2006 | Tribune Media Services
Once knocked to the canvas, every honest boxer struggles to get back up and continue the fight. "The Contender" is no different. The boxing reality series from Mark Burnett Productions ("Survivor," "The Apprentice," "Rock Star: INXS," "Rock Star: Supernova") garnered critical acclaim during its run on NBC in early 2005 but struggled to get network-sized ratings. When NBC opted not to renew, executive producer Burnett bounced back and found the series a new home on sports cable network ESPN.
SPORTS
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.
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