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  • CELTICS SELL OFF REMAINDER OF FOX AFFILIATE

         Fox Broadcasting has announced that it will purchase the
    remaining 49% of Boston affil WFXT-TV, owned by the Boston
    Celtics Limited Partnership.  The $80M cash purchase gives Fox
    full ownership of the station, which has been a Fox affiliate for
    the past eight years.  Celtics CFO Joseph DiLorenzo said that Fox
    had an option last fall to purchase the Celtics 49% of the
    station for $45M but declined: "This was a prime piece of
    property" (Nutile & Krasner, BOSTON HERALD, 10/6).  Celtics stock
    was up 2 points yesterday.
    

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  • MEDIA NOTES

         ESPN has won exclusive rights to Big Ten Conference football
    and basketball games not on a national network beginning with the
    '95 football season through 2000-2001 (THE DAILY)....TSN will air
    two games from each of the AHL, IHL, and junior hockey leagues
    over the the next month (TORONTO STAR, 10/7)....Home Teams
    Sports, the MD-based regional sports cable network, is still
    offering a full schedule of sports programming.  But HTS, will
    take a "significant hit" -- $2M or more in lost ad revenue -- if
    hockey is out for an extended period (WASHINGTON POST,
    10/7)....NFL ratings were released yesterday:  NBC is up 21%;
    Fox's is 1% better than CBS in '93; TNT is up 12%; and ABC is
    down 3% (Rudy Martzke, USA TODAY, 10/7).
    

    Print | Tags: ABC, AHL, CBS, Comcast-Spectacor, ESPN, NBC, News Corp./Fox, NFL, Media, TBS/TNT, Viacom, Walt Disney
  • NFL AND DIRECTV AGREE TO DIGITALLY BROADCAST GAMES

         The NFL and DirecTV, a unit of GM, are expected to announce
    an agreement to air all regular-season football games on
    DirecTV's digital-broadcast service.  The "NFL Sunday Ticket,"
    will offer the last five weeks of regular NFL games beginning
    Nov. 27 for a price of around $50.  In '95, a full of NFL games
    is expected to cost $140-$150.  The deal will give a "needed
    boost to the fledgling satellite service, which delivers digital
    TV signals to 18-inch dishes" (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 10/7).
    

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