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  • NHL, FOX MUM ON REPORT THE NET WILL AIR MORE APRIL GAMES

         Instead of two regular-season NHL telecasts, Fox now will
    reportedly broadcast all five Sundays in April.  As many as five
    games will be regionalized each week (Rudy Martzke, USA TODAY,
    1/26).  Spokespersons at both Fox Sports and the NHL would not
    confirm the report.
    

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  • WHAT WILL BASEBALL RIGHTS HOLDERS DO WITH REPLACEMENT GAMES?

         One of the "biggest problems" facing MLB and its teams in
    the event replacement players are used is whether TV and radio
    outlets "will demand rebates to air games -- or not carry them at
    all," writes Richard Sandomir in the N.Y. TIMES.  So far, MLB has
    not "articulated a policy to deal with their TV and radio rights
    holders."  And local and TV stations are in "uncharted terrain
    regarding what they can or will do."  Mets Owner Fred Wilpon:
    "We don't know what we'll do.  In terms of SportsChannel, we've
    always taken the view of long-term versus short-term
    relationships."  WFAN VP Joel Hollander, on their rights to the
    Mets: "We're examining all our options."  Several TV execs said
    they have asked their lawyers to examine their contracts,
    "seeking ways to wriggle out of paying what their contracts call
    for, or to reduce the number of games they carry."  Baseball does
    have a "precedent to follow."  In '87, the NFL announced that it
    would make rebates to the networks when they sanctioned games
    with replacments.  ABC, NBC and CBS eventually received about
    $60M (N.Y. TIMES, 1/26).
    

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