The NFL Network and Walt Disney Co.'s ESPN are in talks about a partnership, a person familiar with the talks told The Associated Press.
The person requested anonymity because the negotiations are ongoing.
A deal could end a long standoff between the league and cable carriers, some of whom said the NFL was asking them to pay too much for its programming.
The prospective deal first was reported by The Wall Street Journal on Friday.
• LOCAL BASEBALL -- The Carolina Reds 16U travel baseball team from Rock Hill took first place in the "Road to Omaha" USSSA Tournament in Omaha, Neb., last weekend.
The Reds outscored the opposition 17-1 in pool play, beating the KC Reds 12-0 behind the strong pitching of Kody Kirkland and the Midwest Mules 5-1, behind the three-hit pitching of Keiston Stevens.
The Reds, who also got to attend the Miami-Georgia College World Series game, were the No. 1 seed in the 14-team field entering Saturday's play. They stopped the KC Reds 12-7, with Bob Howland and Stevens each going 3-for-4. Howland had a double and Stevens a pair of doubles and a triple.
Due to the heavy rains in the Midwest, Sunday's games were canceled and the Reds were awarded the championship trophy on the basis of their unbeaten record and No. 1 seeding.
Team members are: JoJo Beatty, Miles Broome, Michael Crow, Devaion Davis, Howland, Kirkland, Spencer Rash, Daniel Revis, Stevens, Gerard Taylor and Cameron Toney.
The team is coached by Chuck Broome and Joe Beatty. According to Broome, this is the first time a team from Rock Hill has won first place in a tournament of this size.
• NHL -- Steven Stamkos was selected with the No. 1 pick in the NHL draft by the Tampa Bay Lightning.
The Lightning made no secret how much they liked the speedy, offensive-minded 18-year-old forward from suburban Toronto and chose him just minutes after they went onto the draft clock.
Tampa Bay, coming off an NHL-low 31-win season, had the first pick in the draft for the second time. The Lightning chose Vincent Lecavalier No. 1 in 1998.
• MLB -- Big Z's shoulder pain might not be a big problem for the Chicago Cubs.
Star right-hander Carlos Zambrano has a minor strain in his right shoulder but no major structural damage, a team spokesman said after the Cubs' 4-3 victory over the Chicago White Sox.
Zambrano underwent an MRI arthrogram, a test in which dye is injected into the troubled area to provide a more detailed look, at Northwestern Memorial Hospital on Friday and headed home. He will meet with the trainers and coaching staff today.