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NBC, Arena League strike deal

Updated: March 5, 2002, 3:38 PM ET
By Darren Rovell | ESPN.com

NBC has found its replacement for the NBA: the Arena Football League.

NBC, which will lose its broadcast rights to NBA games at the end of this season, reached an agreement with the indoor football league on Tuesday to televise regular-season and postseason games in 2003 and 2004. The deal will provide the network, which lost a reported $35 million on its coverage of the short-lived XFL last year, with at least 55 hours of programming.

The Arena League's current television agreement ...

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