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AL, DAN & FRANK-LESS IN SEATTLE

     While "Monday Night Football" celebrates its 25th
anniversary this season, fans in Portland and Seattle continue
their 25th year of aggravation.  Because stations KOMO in Seattle
and KATU in Portland refuse to "give up" their local and national
news between 6pm and 7pm, viewers see MNF on tape-delay.  While
football fans have vocally opposed the practice for a quarter-
century, there's little chance for a change.  The NFL "didn't
know about it" until contacted by THE SPORTING NEWS.  The league
was not even aware of the stations' policies.  But NFL
Communications Dir Greg Aiello explained:  "It's a situation that
has been grandfathered" (Ted Rogers, THE SPORTING NEWS, 12/12
issue).
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