Idle Notes: NBC to Lose MLS Rights (Also: Phillies’ TV Deal; MLB/ESPN)

After just three years, NBC is done with Major League Soccer.

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USMNT World Cup Qualifiers Surge on ESPN While MLS Declines

While Major League Soccer has struggled this season, the USA Men’s National Team has been a strong draw on ESPN.

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CBS to Sub-License Big East Games From Fox Sports

Weeks after announcing a similar agreement with ESPN for the ‘old Big East,’ CBS Sports has struck a sub-licensing deal with Fox Sports for the new Big East.

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SBJ: ESPN, Turner, Want to End NASCAR Deal Early

In the latest example of ESPN and Turner Sports’ apparent disregard for NASCAR, the two powers reportedly want to end their contract one year early.

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Idle Notes: FS1 Still Negotiating With Major Providers (Also: Jones & Moseley, USGA/ESPN)

Days away from the launch of Fox Sports 1, the network has yet to reach deals with several major cable/satellite providers.

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Golf’s U.S. Open Headed to FOX in 2015

In a blow to NBC and ESPN, Fox Sports Media Group has acquired full rights to golf’s U.S. Open starting in 2015.

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