Idle Notes: Reported KHL-ESPN Deal Not Finalized (Also: NASCAR, MLB, TV Deals)


The widely reported deal between the KHL and ESPN has not yet been finalized. In other news, FOX is close to renewing NASCAR TV rights, and TBS has lost even more MLB programming.

  • No ESPN/KHL Deal Yet: The reported agreement between the Kontinental Hockey League and ESPN that would put regular season KHL games on has not been finalized, an ESPN spokesperson told Sports Media Watch Wednesday. Another ESPN spokesperson told Sports Illustrated that there is a deal in principle, but details and coverage plans were not “solidified.” The KHL website reported Monday that would televise five games during the first ten days of October, but the news item has apparently been deleted. (ESPN,, Sports Illustrated)
  • FOX Close to NASCAR Deal: Fresh off of a new television deal with Major League Baseball, Fox Sports is reportedly close to an extension with NASCAR. Sports Business Journal reported Monday that Fox Sports and NASCAR are close to a renewal of their current eight-year television contract that would keep the Daytona 500 and twelve other races on the FOX family of networks. It was not immediately clear what role the much-discussed Fox Sports 1 cable channel would have in a new deal. (Monday’s news from Sports Business Journal)
  • TBS Loses MLB All-Star Selection Show: Turner Sports, which lost the rights to more than a dozen Major League Baseball games under a new television deal announced Tuesday, has also lost the rights to the MLB All-Star Selection Show. When the television contracts begin in the 2014 season, the Selection Show will air on MLB Network. (MLB Network press release via Fang’s Bites)