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  • David Elkin
    ESPN declines NHL option for next season LOS ANGELES (AP) — ESPN will not pick up a $60-million option to retain NHL broadcasting rights for next season, the
    Message 1 of 1 , May 28, 2005
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      ESPN declines NHL option for next season
      LOS ANGELES (AP) — ESPN will not pick up a $60-million option to retain
      NHL broadcasting rights for next season, the network said Saturday.

      ESPN spokesman Mike Soltys said the network would have further comment
      next week. The option deadline is Wednesday.

      The decision was first reported by the /Los Angeles Times /and Rogers
      Sportsnet in Canada.

      While ESPN will not pick up the option on the deal it agreed to in May
      2004, the longtime NHL broadcaster could try to retain the rights for
      less money.

      The NHL, in negotiations with the players' association to end the
      lockout that wiped out all of last season, has a two-year deal with NBC
      to televise games when play resumes. The league also has TV deals in
      Canada with CBC and The Sports Network.
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