Rachel Maddow is thinking about leaving MSNBC and starting her own media venture

Maddow may ultimately decide to renew her contract with MSNBC’s parent, NBCUniversal, the sources said. That’s what usually happens in these situations. But difficult negotiations with NBC have made her departure appear somewhat more likely.

The Daily Beast reported earlier Thursday that Maddow is “seriously considering leaving the network when her contract ends early next year.”

Spokespeople for Maddow and MSNBC declined for comment to CNN Business. One of Maddow’s agents, Endeavor’s Mark Shapiro, told the Beast that “nothing has been decided. We are deep into it with NBCUniversal and Rachel has an excellent relationship with them.”

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Colorado Springs area entertainment events starting Aug. 12 | Arts & Entertainment

THURSDAY

Dotsero — 11 a.m., Midland Pavilion, next to Ute Pass Cultural Center, 210 E. Midland Ave., Woodland Park; woodlandmusicseries.org.

Banning Lewis Ranch Summer Concert Series — With Martini Shot, 6-8 p.m., Banning Lewis Ranch Recreation Center, 6885 Vista Del Pico Blvd.; 522-2432.

Concerts in the Park — With Ashlee Tatum & Longshot Revival, 6-8 p.m., Homestead Ranch Regional Park, 16444 Gollihar Road, Peyton; elpasocountynaturecenters.com.

Sunset Patio Sessions — With Rico Southee, 6-8 p.m., Boot Barn Hall at Bourbon Brothers, 13701 Bass Pro Drive; 401-0600, bootbarnhall.com.

Black Forest Summer Jazz Series — With Academy Jazz Ensemble, 6:30-8

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Colorado music, stage and art events starting Aug. 12 | Arts & Entertainment

AT: altitudetickets.com

AX: axs.com

CW: comedyworks.com

LN: livenation.com

PM: paramountdenver.com

PMH: pueblomemorialhall.com

TM: ticketmaster.com

MUSIC

Friday: Wu-Tang Clan with Colorado Symphony — With Big Boi, Chris Karns, 7 p.m., Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, $69.95-$139.95; AX.

Friday: Kayzo — With Maurada, Calcium, Reaper, 9 p.m., Mission Ballroom, Denver, $25-$69.99; AX.

Saturday: Paul Cauthen — 8 p.m., Ogden Theatre, Denver, $30-$35; AX.

Sunday: Kesha — With Betty Who, 8 p.m., Mission Ballroom, Denver, $60-$149.50; AX.

Sunday: Josh Turner — 7 p.m., Pueblo Memorial Hall, Pueblo, $35.50-$90.50; PMH.

Monday: P.O.D. — With From Ashes to New, All Good Things, Sleep Signals, 7 p.m.,

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