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  • JAGUARS RADIO NETWORK GROWS

         The Jaguars radio network has grown to 21 stations and will
    "reach parts of the Panhandle, southern Georgia and Central
    Florida," according to the FLORIDA TIMES-UNION.  In addition, the
    team has "deals pending" with 34 stations with another 40
    stations "being pursued to join."  Officials at WOKV-AM 690, the
    Jaguars' flagship, say that by the "time all deals are final,
    Jaguars football will likely be heard" in Pensacola, Melbourne,
    Macon, GA, and Columbia, SC (Earl Daniels, FLORIDA TIMES-UNION,
    2/8).
    

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  • MEDIA NOTES

         CTV and TSN are posturing for broadcasts of the Raptors and
    Grizzlies in the NBA teams' inaugural seasons, but may face
    similar broadcast restrictions as U.S. networks.  NBA Television
    Ventures' Matt Bostock says Canadian networks will "face a
    similar restriction" as their U.S. counterparts of only eight
    nat'l telecasts per broadcaster per team (Vancouver PROVINCE,
    2/10)....In this morning's N.Y. POST, Phil Mushnick attacks the
    proposed "Telecommunications Competition and Deregulation Act"
    drafted by the Senate Republicans: "Instead of being furious
    about how cable exploited the baseball and hockey stoppages to
    steal millions of dollars from their constituents, the GOP's
    preparing to hand these bullies a matching set of brass
    knuckles."  The bill would eliminate all cable-TV deregulation
    within a year (N.Y. POST, 2/10)....Richard Sandomir analyzes
    Fox's losses on its NFL contract in this morning's N.Y. TIMES:
    "By its measurements, the football strategy has worked, by roping
    in new VHF stations ... improving the value of its existing
    stations, enhancing its affiliate network, and expanding the
    network's reach from 93 percent to 98 percent of TV homes" (N.Y.
    TIMES, 2/10).... WJR, the radio home of the Lions from 1934-88,
    is making a bid to regain the team's radio rights from WWJ, whose
    contract expired after last season (DETROIT NEWS, 2/9). ...The
    Eagles, who will help produce their TV package next season,
    "won't rule out" the possibility of owner Jeffery Lurie having
    his own show (PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS, 2/9). ...CNN's Nancy
    Newman is the leading candidate to become the Raptors' TV host.
    Newman worked at TSN before moving to CNN's "Sports Tonight."
    Mark Jones, and John Saunders are on the team's short list for
    play-by-play work (Rob Grant, TORONTO STAR, 2/10)....NASCAR's
    newest racing series, "SuperTruck Series by Craftsman," on TNN
    was the highest-rated sports program on cable last weekend
    (NASCAR).
    

    Print | Tags: Detroit Lions, Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, NASCAR, NBA, News Corp./Fox, NFL, Philadelphia Eagles, Media, Time Warner, TNN, Toronto Raptors
  • ON THE AIR: STRIKE LEAVES MEDIA OUTLETS WITH QUESTIONS

         TSN, Canada's cable sports network, has decided against
    broadcasting Blue Jay replacement spring training games.  TSN
    Programming Dir Rick Brace: "Spring training's supposed to be a
    preview of the regular season, and this isn't truly
    representative of real baseball.  We're not going to do spring
    training games.  The network will give a decision on the
    broadcasts of regular season replacement ball halfway through
    spring training (Rob Grant, TORONTO STAR, 2/10).... In the Bay
    Area, the A's radio network will broadcast replacement games.
    The team sells its own radio ads, so flagship KFRC will not "take
    the lumps if the games are hard to sell."  But Giants flagship
    KNBR "may be developing cold feet" about broadcasting replacement
    games.  Two KNBR execs gave conflicting statements regarding the
    issue yesterday  KNBR sells advertising for Giants games (Colin
    Seymour, SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 2/10).
    

    Print | Tags: Oakland Athletics, Media
  • POSSIBLE TURNER PURCHASE OF NBC REMAINS A HOT TOPIC

         NBC has recently "sent out some feelers" to see if talks
    with Turner Broadcasting can be renewed, according to Robin
    Schatz in this morning's N.Y. NEWSDAY.  Schatz reports that
    "enthusiasm still runs high" among both parties regarding a
    merger.  Schatz sites Time Warner Chair Gerald Levin's
    announcement last week that his company would consider selling
    its share in the company as "a factor in Turner's efforts to buy
    a network" (N.Y. NEWSDAY, 2/10).  This morning's WALL STREET
    JOURNAL puts NBC at the "top of the list" of likely buyers of
    Time Warner's share of Turner. Turner, who has "rebuffed" NBC's
    overtures for a partnership, "still would like to buy NBC" and
    have majority control of that company (WALL STREET JOURNAL,
    2/10).
         DILLER WATCH:  Reports continued that outgoing QVC Chair
    Barry Diller might make a run at CBS.  Morgan Stanley media
    analyst Alex Kassan:  "What CBS needs at some point is someone
    who's going to lead them forward and develop the new hits.  This
    is basically a hits-ridden business -- and if you have the hits,
    you're a hero and if you don't, you have problems.  It's as
    simple as that" ("NBR," PBS, 2/9).
    

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