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Paulwny
08-21-2002, 08:09 AM
From MSNBC


( But there is a third party here, an invisible party to those who are heavily involved. Cable television “basic” subscribers, who are footing the bill for salaries without knowing it. The 76.7 million basic cable subscribers are paying at least $3 billion in annual fees to subsidize both professional and college sports. )

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( The NBA starts its a new six year, $4.6 billion contract in the fall with AOL-Time Warner and the Walt Disney Company and one of the provisions with the ESPN portion of the deal is that the so called sports leader, ESPN, will pay rights fees to the NBA in either 2004 or 2005 if the owners decide to lockout the players once the present collective bargaining agreement ends. Disney then threw in a sweetener. They would not only pay the owners and provide seed money for a lockout fund but would also air replacement or scab games. )

http://www.msnbc.com/news/796533.asp