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#1 OFFLINE   Chris Blount

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Posted 23 February 2004 - 11:06 PM

A New Murdoch Network Could Challenge ESPN
By RICHARD SANDOMIR

Published: February 24, 2004

Rupert Murdoch wants to take on ESPN — again — with his own national sports cable network.

An industry publication reported yesterday that Murdoch is in preliminary discussions with cable operators and the National Football League to create a new network.

"We'd have to proceed very carefully," Murdoch told the publication, Television Week. "We'd certainly do it with partners. We want to consider the capacity of pay television subscribers to pay for two ESPNs."

It's not a new idea, but one that has been worked on for a couple of years, said David Hill, chairman of the Fox Sports Television Group, who has been asked by Murdoch to analyze the creative end of such a venture.

"It's something we've talked about, the same as we talked about Speed Channel and Fox News Channel before they got started," Hill said. "But we've also talked about things that haven't gotten done."

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