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Published February 10, 1995
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).