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ESPN to pay bigger NFL bucks

A few things before I get to work on my newspaper job:

SBJ reports this a.m. that ESPN is near a deal to retain "Monday Night Football" rights for nearly $2 billion per year. Oy vey.

Just do me one favor: Do NOT complain to your cable or satellite provider when the bill rises to reflect the fact ESPN (and others) must raise subscriber charges to account for paying huge rights fees to sports entities.

The net effect of all this is more of your dollars landing in the pockets of NFL owners and players. Enjoy!

Ken Davidoff was with Roberto Alomar when he got the news about the HoF.

Bob Glauber was with Rex Ryan when the Jets coach addressed some of the stuff he's been going through of late.

I spoke on the phone Wednesday with Ryan's old pal Tony Dungy of NBC, who used to coach Peyton Manning.

Boston Herald sportswriter Steve Buckley is gay. The fact pretty much no one cares is yet another sign of the progress in the nation's attitude about such things over the past decade or so. The time is right for a long-delayed U.S. sports milestone: The first active, male, team-sports athlete to come out publicly.

Nice to see a play about sports making it on Broadway. Frankly, I was skeptical.

Finally, a fond farewell to HBO's NHL "24/7," which wrapped up Wednesday night with a curse word from Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau that I never had heard before - and I have been around plenty of hockey people over the past 30 years.

Here is Caps owner Ted Leonsis' take on the series.

That is all.


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