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Wednesday, June 01, 2005

NHL/ESPN Officially Severs Ties

Not another hockey story, but this is fresh from the AP Wire.

TORONTO (AP) -- ESPN officially ended negotiations with the NHL for broadcasting rights next season, according to media reports Wednesday.
ESPN announced Saturday it would not pick up a $60-million option under the previous contract, but tried to retain the rights for less money in talks with the league and commissioner Gary Bettman.
"Right now, we're done negotiating,'' Mark Shapiro, ESPN's executive president for programming and production, told The Globe and Mail. "We held various discussions and had several meetings with Gary and his team. And unfortunately, we were not able to get a deal done.''
The New York Times reported that Shapiro, on a conference call, said Bettman "was uncomfortable cutting the rights fees to anything below $60 million.''

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