HOT BLAST: In Connecticut, ESPN rules the roost
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ESPN Plaza - Bristol CT
ESPN Plaza - Bristol CT
ESPN's existence in Connecticut is, on appearance, an odd mix. The cable sports network is the dominant media force in virtually every mainstream sport, and yet its main hub is in Bristol, Conn., an average-sized town of 60,000.

ESPN, in other words, is not headquartered in New York, Washington or L.A.

According to today's New York Times, Connecticut has been extremely good for ESPN: the network has received about $260 million in state tax breaks and credits over the past 12 years, the newspaper reported.

As you can expect, ESPN is a major player in Connecticut politics and wields influence in that state's legislature, as well. Without giving you the punchline -- you have to read the story to get that -- it's clear that the Connecticut-ESPN marriage is one that's not likely to end anytime soon.

-- Phillip Tutor
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