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05-19-2004, 12:56 PM
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Originally Posted by Fletch
Does ESPN remain unchanged?
Says the league is still trying to negotiate a deal.

ESPN has a lot more to lose by committing ~70 nights of prime-time programming to a league that might not play than ABC does committing 12 crappy Saturday slots in the Spring of 2005. For that level of risk, I'm betting ESPN wants broadcast rights for much less than Bettman thinks they're worth.

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