Murdoch’s Fox Sports 1 channel suits up to tackle ESPN (Reuters)

By Liana B. Baker and Ronald Grover Aug 14 (Reuters) – As Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox prepares to launch the Fox Sports 1 network on Saturday, it still has not signed deals with some of the largest cable and satellite operators and has no plans to air a single National Football League game. Instead, it is taking on Disney sports juggernaut ESPN with a lineup that features NASCAR, college football and basketball, mixed martial arts and a new sports show starring Regis Philbin. Fox executives told analysts at an Aug. …

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