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Sports the subtext of ABC-Cablevision battle

"Sport itself isn’t central to Cablevision Systems’ fee dispute with ABC," Martin Peers writes, adding, "The Walt Disney-owned network doesn’t air NFL games, unlike the three other major broadcast networks. Even so, sport is the subtext of the battle. Anyone doubting that need only listen to Cablevision’s recorded message to its subscribers that plays every time their set-top boxes are turned on. Part of the reason ABC is asking for the fee increase, Cablevision claims, is that its ‘sister company ESPN is stuck making huge payments for out of control sports broadcasting rights.’"

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