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  1. Disney wants MNF double headers, with one of them airing on ABC. They're still far apart on price with the league. https://www.cnbc.com/2021/02/19/nfl-asking-for-100percent-increase-on-tv-rights-disney-pushing-back-.html
  2. A move spurred in part by WFAA's recent reception woes, no doubt. Their signal has been more elusive than usual since they completed their facility changes this summer. Reducing ERP on VHF wasn't a good idea. This strikes me as a really roundabout way of doing what should've been a simple facility swap. If the plan is for Estrella to acquire WFAA's VHF facility, surely this could've been done in a more straightforward fashion? For Estrella, easily parting with an O&O in DMA #5 and potentially ending up on a weaker signal doesn't send a good message about their future. Either
  3. This wouldn't shock me. Remember when Fox entertained the possibility of selling their O&O's to Amazon?
  4. It's hard to picture Disney cutting ABC loose. So much of their infrastructure and properties are tied up with the network. IIRC just recently Disney was using ABC as a bargaining chip in NFL negotiations. But the O&O stations? I can definitely see those on the chopping block.
  5. WFAA is the likeliest candidate.
  6. XFL has filed for Chapter 11. https://www.tmz.com/2020/04/13/xfl-bankruptcy-league-fold-millions-lay-offs/ EDIT: Interestingly, THR reports that they're seeking a buyer: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/vince-mcmahons-xfl-files-bankruptcy-up-sale-1290073
  7. XFL is following suit in being Corona'd. That's a tough break for a start-up league.
  8. The league is off to a great start.
  9. The AAF was in fact a time buy. With the XFL, the networks are handling production in-house and it shows.
  10. XFL on ESPN graphics package: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=49jIhh-dqRE
  11. Internal speculation is that ViacomCBS could buy out WarnerMedia's stake in The CW, or vice versa. The ownership shifts will come to a head at some point. https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/cw-cbs-warnermedia-1203294203/

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