Sports briefs: ESPN gets college football playoff rights for 12 years
College football • The college football playoff system will be televised on ESPN for 12 years once it starts after the 2014 season.
The network announced an agreement in principle Wednesday. The title game will be played on a Monday, at least a week after the semifinals. The deal also includes broadcast rights for the three "host bowls" that will be in the semifinal rotation in years they're not holding playoff games. ESPN already had contracts for the same 12-year period through the 2025 season with the "contract bowls": the Rose, Sugar and Orange. The agreement includes rights for TV, radio, mobile, online and international.
ESPN is in the middle of a four-year agreement to air the Bowl Championship Series.
NHL lockout talks break off again with frustration
HOckey • NHL labor talks broke off soon after they resumed Wednesday, with players maintaining their new proposal was a huge economic concession and Commissioner Gary Bettman pretty much saying the only deal he will agree to is the one management proposed last month.
On the 67th day of a lockout that already has wiped out more than a quarter of the regular season, the sides headed home for Thanksgiving with no end in sight to the sport's fourth work stoppage. The union's negotiating committee planned to brief players and get back in touch with management on Friday.
From wire reports