Idle Notes: NBC “Clear Frontrunner” For EPL Rights (Also: NHL Lockout, Big East TV Deal)

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NBC Sports is expected to pick up rights to the English Premier League. In other news, rights to the Big East Conference will reportedly hit the open market, and the NHL owners’ lockout has resulted in another month of cancellations.

  • English Premier League Likely Headed to NBC, Says SBD: The English Premier League has rejected a joint TV rights bid from incumbents FOX and ESPN, leaving NBC as the “clear frontrunner,” Sports Business Daily reported Friday. According to the report, NBC has made a three-year, $83/year bid for EPL rights starting in the 2013-14 season, “more than triple” the $23 million FOX currently pays. (Sports Business Daily)
  • Big East Rights to Hit Open Market: ESPN’s exclusive negotiating window with the Big East Conference is expected to lapse next week, allowing television rights to hit the open market. NBC Sports and Fox Sports are expected to at the very least drive up the price, though the former could present a real threat to steal the rights from ESPN. According to ESPN.com, Big East athletic directors were “most impressed” by an “in-depth [pitch]” NBC gave during the conference’s spring meetings. (ESPN.com)
  • NHL Owners Decide to Cancel Games Through Nov. 30: National Hockey League owners chose to cancel all regular season dates through November 30 as part of their ongoing lockout of players. The league had suggested a full 82-game schedule was still possible if the players accepted a league proposal by Thursday. The league’s self-imposed deadline came and went, and now the 2012-13 regular season will be the third shortened or lost NHL season in less than twenty years. (The Washington Post)
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    super EPL ON NBC.