NABET, ABC pact on web’s ESPN b’casts

Union's tech crews will now work on 'time-buys'

HOLLYWOOD — The National Assn. of Broadcast Employees & Technicians has reached a six-year deal with ABC that gives the union jurisdiction over most ESPN sports presentations when broadcast over the ABC television network.

NABET, which is part of the Communications Workers of America, said such broadcasts, called “time-buys,” have been increasing, with ESPN purchasing time on ABC for ESPN-produced events such as NBA, WNBA, college basketball, horseracing and auto racing.

Until the agreement was reached, such broadcasts were produced without a NABET technical crew.

The pact also covers programs associated with the time-buy broadcasts such as pre- or postgame shows when those programs are produced to be broadcast on ABC along with the time-buys such as the NBA preshow.

In the works since Dec.

“We believe that this is a significant agreement which should bring a significant amount of work for our members at ABC,” NABET-CWA prexy John S. Clark said, adding the agreement marked a step forward in the formerly strained relationship between NABET and the net.

The parties have been working on the agreement since December. ABC has reached similar pacts with AFTRA and the DGA.

The NABET-ABC agreement goes into effect July 11 and runs until March 31, 2011.

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