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McManus sports new Eye pact

Current NFL deal expires after next season

NEW YORK — CBS has renewed the contract of Sean McManus, president of CBS Sports, for three years.

“This decision was a no-brainer,” CBS chairman Leslie Moonves said. “McManus successfully negotiated the long-term deal for the NCAA playoffs and renewed U.S. Open tennis,” two of the network’s three big-ticket items in sports, along with the National Football League.

McManus, the president of CBS Sports since 1996, is the network’s point man on negotiations over a new contract with the NFL. The current NFL deal expires after next season.

Moonves declined to comment on the state of the talks, but CBS is facing potential competition from NBC and TNT, two networks that used to carry live NFL games but were outbid in 1997 and are looking to get back in to the fold.

CBS pays $500 million a year under the existing eight-year deal, a license fee that’s certain to rise.

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