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MEDIA NOTES: ENOUGH TV HOMES FOR BAY AREA BASEBALL?
Published September 23, 1994
KTVU-TV and the S.F. Giants are expected to extend their 36- year relationship for another five years, a deal which was threatened by Rupert Murdoch's "now-dormant bid" to buy NBC- affliiate KRON-TV. If KRON had gone to Fox, KTVU would have been NBC's "only realistic alternative" -- and "networks and baseball don't mix these days. ... NBC doesn't like KRON's pre-emptions for A's games, and the KRON-A's deal reportedly was an impediment to Murdoch." While both the A's and KRON claim to be happy with the deal, which was done at a timne when the Giants seemed headed to St. Petersburg. But the A's "aren't doing KRON much good. There won't be many places for the A's to go if KRON doesn't re- enlist." The A's deal with KRON is up in five years. With the team for sale, "problems with the next TV contract contract could discourage proespective buyers" (Colin Seymour, SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 9/23)....Buddy Ryan is reportedly looking to go after ESPN analyst Phil Simms as Cardinals QB and inquired about his availiability. Simms: "I can't say waht I'll do until I hear what it's about" ("SportsCenter," ESPN, 9/22).