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Apr 21, 2010 5:19 PM by Stefanie Boe, News First 5

No USOC network--for now

The U.S. Olympic Committee has formally halted plans to start its own network, an idea that drew
fire from international Olympic officials who saw it as a potential threat to their multibillion-dollar contract with NBC.

The decision, not a surprise, was made last week, and characterized by the USOC as the natural progression from a deal chairman Larry Probst struck with International Olympic Committee
officials last August.

The USOC was going to partner with Comcast to form a network that would carry 24-hour Olympic-themed programming, with possible consequences to NBC, which owns rights to the Olympics and many of its related events through 2012.

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