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REDSKINS OFF THE "TEAM" -- DC SPORTS RADIO PASSES ON RENEWAL

     DC's WTEM-AM Sports Radio ("The Team") announced it will not
renew its contract with the Redskins for '95.  WTEM GM Bennett
Zier cited costs as the main issue.  Industry sources said WTEM
paid between $3.2 and 3.5 million for rights to the Redskins, not
counting production or talent costs.  Despite other talent
changes, Zier said the station will maintain its all-sports
format.  Other stations interested in the Redskins are WJFK-FM
and WMAL-AM, which had held the rights to the Redskins since the
early '40s before the Redskins signed with WTEM.  WJFK is owned
by Infinity Broadcasting, whose stations already own the rights
to five NFL teams, including the Cowboys and a new deal with the
Patriots (Leonard Shapiro, WASHINGTON POST, 12/3).
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