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ABC TO ADD FOUR YEARS OF INTERNATIONAL FIGURE SKATING

     Beginning in '96, ABC will pay $45M for four years of the
world and European figure skating championships, "plus three
world speed-skating events."  Richard Sandomir reports that is
"slightly more than twice NBC's current five-year, $27.5M deal,
which expires this year."  ABC Sports President Dennis Swanson
said the network will air six hours of the World Championship in
prime time, adding: "This isn't a made-for, it's the worlds.  If
you want to identify with the sport, this is the kind of event
you want.  I'd hope we'd break even" (Richard Sandomir, N.Y.
TIMES, 1/20).
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