Does anyone really think Google is going to run away with rights to the NFL’s Sunday Ticket? ESPN pres John Skipper doubts it. “I’ve always been pretty skeptical that rights holders of [signature] events will put those rights on digital platforms” for appointment viewing, he told reporters gathered in Bristol for the company’s annual media day. Although leagues love to float that idea to create competition, “I don’t think that’s going to happen,” he said. More from ESPN Media Day about FS1, soccer and recent layoffs.

More top stories from today’s CableFAX Daily:

It’s day 19 of the CBS/TWC scuttle, or day 20, depending on how you count it. CBS and Time Warner Cable are briefly lifting the blackout in NYC.
Al Jazeera America said late Tues that it has sued AT&T for breach of contract.
DirecTV, Time Warner Cable and ACA backed up their petition to deny the Gannett-Belo merger.

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FCC Order on DISH Designated Entities

The FCC made it official Monday, releasing an order on remand finding that SNR Wireless LicenseCo and Northstar Wireless are controlled de facto by DISH and thus ineligible for the $3.3bln in AWS-3 bidding credits they sought.

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