ESPN, MLB in tiff

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ESPN, Bristol, Conn., said Major League Baseball will attempt to terminate the cable sports network's regular-season broadcast contract at the end of this season because ESPN wants to move some late-season September Sunday night games to ESPN2. In response, ESPN said it will take legal action to secure the continuation of its contract, which goes through 2002. ESPN is moving the games to its second network because it wants to run higher-rated NFL football games. As part of the agreement, ESPN said, it can move up to three games to ESPN2. Last year, ESPN tried to make a similar move, but MLB denied the request. MLB executives didn't return phone calls by deadline.

Copyright May 1999, Crain Communications Inc.

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