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Even ESPN Wants You to Cut the Cable Cord

ESPN is starting to explore the possibility of offering its suite of sports programming through the wide array of Web-based services that are starting to get off the ground.

The Cost of Fox's Upcoming 24/7 Cable Sports Network

Fox announced this week that it will launch a new 24-hour cable sports network, a direct challenge to ESPN. Sports programming is one of the main reasons many people pay big monthly fees to cable and satellite companies, even those who aren't sports fans.

Market Minute: Disney's Stock Shines Even as Earnings Decline

Disney won over more fans on Wall Street with its latest quarterly performance, despite a slight drop in its earnings. Disney digested higher programming costs at its ESPN television network and dealt with a less appealing line-up of home video releases in its movie studio.

5 Things that Will Move the Market This Week

Among the things sure to help shape the week ahead on Wall Street, Visa will tell us whether we've been choosing plastic over paper; Disney will tell us how much magic it has in its financials; and Panera and Chipotle will serve up their quarterly results.

The Yankees Score Big with a $1.5 Billion TV Deal

The New York Yankees are a money-making machine and on Tuesday, the company's television subsidiary cashed in. The YES Network is selling 49 percent of its business in a deal that values the network at $3 billion. And the numbers get even bigger from there.

What to Watch This Week: Funds, 'Flix, Photocopies and Freshmen

This week on Wall Street, everyone will be watching Netflix; mutual funds will talk assets under management; we'll see earnings from some stock freshmen; NFL teams will pick their own fresh stock; and a few companies are likely to issue deja vu quarterly reports.

Disney Comcast Pact Is a Mickey Mouse Deal for Subscribers

Comcast just signed a major new deal with Disney that will give subscribers to the country's largest cable provider access to a ton of content across a range of devices -- not just TVs. Of course, those customers are sure to end up paying for it in higher cable bills.

Disney and Comcast Reach a Long-Term Deal

The Walt Disney Co. said Wednesday that it reached a long-term agreement with the nation's largest TV signal provider, Comcast Corp., that extends their partnership into the next decade. The deal covers major pay channels ESPN, Disney Channel and ABC Family and the retransmission of free ABC broadcast network programs through seven ABC TV stations. It allows Comcast subscribers to gain greater access to shows on demand over the Internet on multiple devices.

Is ESPN Charging a Tax on Every U.S. Household?

The next time you find yourself bellyaching over your expanding monthly cable bill, don't blame your provider. Blame ESPN, the biggest offender when it comes to basic cable, setting distributors back $4.69 a month for every subscriber.

5 Companies Glad the NBA Lockout Is Finally Over

After months of bitter negotiations, NBA owners and players finally agreed to terms, and a pro basketball season will start on Christmas Day. So who besides players, owners and fans will benefit? Let's start with stockholders in these companies.

Disney and Yahoo Eye an Internet TV Deal

Disney is considering lending some of the keys to its television kingdom to Yahoo for its Yahoo Connected TV. If Yahoo is successful in inking such a deal, it would bolster its Internet TV efforts and put on better footing to compete against rival products such as Google TV and Apple TV.

Disney Misses Earnings Expectations

Profit fell 6.7% in Disney's fourth fiscal quarter. The company saw lower revenues from its theme parks and cruise line, and changed the way it booked revenue at ESPN. Movie revenues, though, were a bright spot.

NFL Season Ticket Sales Take a Hit From Weak Economy

The NFL's TV ratings are stronger than ever, but it's facing its third straight year of declining season ticket sales. With the economy still sputtering, and real prices for tickets soaring, teams are struggling to attract fans to watch America's most popular pro sport in person.

Dan Abrams's Mediaite Tests the Limits of Fair Use

Just what constitutes "fair use" of copyrighted material has always been hard to define. Now a new website, Mediaite.com, is using that ambiguity to build a business model on other companies' content.

Deadspin Pushes Ethical Envelope Again

Deadspin blogger A.J. Daulerio used this week's Brett Favre drama as an excuse to publish some juicy gossip about the quarterback. But did Daulerio break a promise to a source to keep the story quiet?

Disney Discussing Buying Playdom for Over $500 Million

Walt Disney Co. (DIS) is discussing a deal to buy Playdom Inc for over $500 million in a bid to increase its presence in social network games. Disney wants to use Playdom to incorporate some of its iconic brands and characters into social network gaming, The Wall Street Journal said without naming its sources.

ESPN's Ohlmeyer Calls a Foul on LeBron's Decision

Plenty of observers were appalled by ESPN's hour-long special dedicated to James's announcement that he was going to the Miami Heat. But Don Ohlmeyer, the sports network's in-house referee on journalistic matters, is outraged.

LeBron James Scores High in the TV Ratings

ESPN's controversial special featuring basketball superstar LeBron James revealing where he would play next season garnered an overnight Nielsen rating of 7.3, according to the Walt Disney-owned cable channel.

Rising World Cup Ratings: Soccer Fever Hits America

More Americans are cramming into bars to watch the World Cup soccer tournament. ESPN and ABC say that the number of viewers for the first five games are double what they were in 2006. All this could be a sign that America is finally taking to a sport long played mostly by our youth.

Nebraska's Move to the Big Ten Means Big Money

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln has officially joined the Big Ten, the oldest NCAA Division I conference, in existence since 1896. The football powerhouse had been part of the Big 12 Conference since its inception in 1994. However, rumors of the Big 12 splitting up have been circulating in the last few years, with Nebraska the first team to actually leave.