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Published January 18, 1995
American soccer officials are close to completing a deal with ABC in which three to five U.S. national team games will be televised annually for the next few years. The telecasts will begin in June with the U.S. Cup '95. Rothenberg made the announcement that a TV deal was close yesterday, but he declined to say which network (AP/ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 1/18)....The N.Y. POST's Phil Mushnick reports that Cablevision-owned SportsChannel has announced it "will not provide rebates due to the loss of more than 70 Devils and Islanders telecasts. And SportsChannel is a premium additional pay channel that cost as much as $16 per month." MSG Network has also not decided what it will do regarding 38 lost Ranger games for which subscribers paid. Mushnick: "What's to decide? If one keeps the money for goods undelivered, it is called stealing" (Phil Mushnick, N.Y. POST, 1/18). USA Network will kick off its '95 Golf coverage with the Pebble Beach Pro-Am on February 2. The network will also provide early round coverage of The Ryder Cup, The Masters, The Players Championships, and The PGA Seniors Championship (USA)....The NFL Expansion Draft will be televised live on ESPN on February 15 (ESPN)....According to a recent study by BBDO Worldwide advertising agency, the top rated show among Hispanic-American television viewers between the ages of 14 and 49 is ABC's "Monday Night Football" (NFL)....TBS will telecast "Hank Aaron: Chasing the Dream" on April 4 to commemorate the 20 anniversary of his 715th homer (Turner). ...Ratings: The AFC Championship Game drew a 27.9 rating/56 share on Sunday. CBS reported that its Eye on Sports ice skating series averaged an 3.4 rating over the 11 weeks the series aired. It "greatest appeal was among women" (Milton Kent, Baltimore SUN, 1/18).