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ESPN opens state-backed SportsCenter studio

BRISTOL, Conn. — ESPN executives and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy officially opened the new home of the sports broadcasting giant’s “SportsCenter” program Monday. The company agreed to build the new facility in Connecticut in exchange for state assistance.

In return for locating the “Digital Center 2” building in Bristol and promising to create at least 200 jobs by 2017, ESPN is receiving $10 million in Urban and Industrial Sites Reinvestment Tax Credits.

That’s a different deal than the agreement the Malloy administration and the sports network announced back in 2011 when the company became the third to participate in Malloy’s “First Five” assistance program. The original agreement made ESPN eligible for a $17.5 million loan and up to $1.2 million in job-training grants.

During the opening ceremony, Malloy and ESPN President John Skipper took to the new “SportsCenter” studio, where, with cameras rolling, the governor offered sports commentary on the recent championship victory of University of Connecticut basketball team.

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