Affiliates pony up for Games

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NBC's affiliates have agreed to pay $275 million toward the network's rights fees for the Olympics. Part of the money will come in the form of an exchange of commercial time; affiliates will give back to the network 5 spots per week in the "Today" show, 5 spots per week in the "Tonight" show and 5 spots per week in "Meet the Press." In exchange the affiliates will get four primetime units in "Mad About You," NBC's Saturday night line-up and another show. The swap will start in January and run through 2002. The affiliates and NBC are also working out the details of a plan so the affiliates can participate in profits of future Olympics if NBC's network Olympic sales exceed a to-be-determined amount.

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