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Behind the Broadcast: ESPN appears to be cornering the market

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ESPN announced this week that it has acquired the rights to Hanna-Barbera’s Laff-A-Lympics. It’s a multiyear deal, but financial terms weren’t disclosed. It outbid Cartoon Network, which had been the rights holder for several years, to show the athletic compet­ition between the Scooby Doobies, the Yogi Yahooeys and the Really Rottens. “We enjoyed our time on Cartoon Network,” said Scooby Doobies general manager Scooby Doo in a statement. “But ESPN offered me too many Scooby ...

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