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  • KTVT PULLS THE PLUG ON TEXAS REPLACEMENT RANGERS

         KTVT in Dallas/Ft. Worth announced it would not broadcast
    Rangers replacement games.  The station, which becomes a CBS
    affiliate in July, has been the team's flagship station for the
    past 10 years and pays $4M a year for the rights.  The move is
    seen as "the latest in an ever-deepening rift" between the team
    and station.  KTVT tried to get out off its contract last winter
    because of potential conflicts with CBS programming, but the
    Rangers insisted on KTVT fulfilling the final year.  Rangers
    President Tom Schieffer says the team "could seek another local
    outlet to televise the games or bring legal action in an attempt
    to enforce the contract."  The Yankees and Blue Jays' local TV
    outlets are also refusing to broadcast replacement games (T.R.
    Sullivan, FORT WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 3/14)....In New York, new MSG
    President Dave Checketts met with Yankee officials about a
    "requirement" that MSG Network pay its full $46M rights fee
    payment for the season, even if replacement players play.
    Checketts:  "I told them I want them to see this as a
    partnership, and we hope they resolve this" (Richard Sandomir,
    N.Y. TIMES, 3/14).
    

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  • VECSEY EXPLAINS NBC'S NON-COVERAGE OF REGGIE LEWIS STORY

         Peter Vecsey, analyst on NBC's coverage of the NBA and a
    N.Y. Post columnist, said that NBC's decision not to cover the
    Reggie Lewis story during last Sunday's NBA coverage was based on
    a feeling that the article in question was a "speculation piece."
    Vecsey's colleague at the Post, Phil Mushnick, raised the issue
    of NBC's non-treatment of last week's Wall Street Journal story,
    which alleged that cocaine use may have caused Lewis' fatal heart
    condition.  Vecsey, who made his comments on WFAN-radio's "Imus
    in the Morning" show:  "The Wall Street Journal, which obviously
    does not have enough brokers and guys downtown on Wall Street
    that they can write about who are doing drugs, have to find a guy
    that's dead for two years and speculate about him doing cocaine."
    Asked what he thought prompted the Journal story:  "[The Celtics
    are] retiring Reggie's number next week and I guess they felt it
    would be timely to sell some newspapers.  To go after a
    speculation piece that had nothing new than what the Boston Globe
    wrote a year ago when it did a huge investigative piece ...
    there's no reason to go after this.  Nothing was proved.  I've
    covered this league almost 30 years -- you're telling me that two
    years after this guy's death I wouldn't hear one word from one
    player that he did drugs.  I didn't hear it when he was playing,
    and I was around the Celtics all the time.  I haven't heard it
    since.  And nowhere in that story did they come up with anybody
    who said that they were with Reggie when he did it, that they
    heard about Reggie doing it.  You can't keep these things a
    secret in the NBA" (WFAN, 3/14).
    

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