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KTVT PULLS THE PLUG ON TEXAS REPLACEMENT RANGERS
Published March 14, 1995
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).