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FALLOUT FROM MCCAW PURCHASE OF NORTHWEST ENTERTAINMENT
Published March 9, 1995
The majority purchase of Northwest Entertainment Group (NEG) by U.S. billionaire John McCaw, Jr. continues to be big news in Vancouver. "Ego, involvement, or investment, it's not exactly clear under which category 44-year old John Elroy McCaw, Jr. fits. But I have a hunch it is not ego," writes Mike Beamish in this morning's VANCOUVER SUN. The U.S. and Canadian Pacific Northwest -- "Cascadia" -- as Beamish writes, is "forging ever- increasing links in tourism, telecommunications and now sports." Beamish mention the Mariners wish to play at B.C. Stadium and the Canucks' more aggressive marketing in the U.S. A regional cable or pay per view network with hockey and basketball "seems inevitable," and with a new arena, NBA and NHL teams, a golf tournament, broadcasting and promotion, and possibly pro tennis, NEG "is being regarded as a powerful western equivalent of Madison Square Garden" (VANCOUVER SUN, 3/9). Canucks goalie Kay Whitmore on the "reclusive" McCaw: "Maybe he's like Charlie on Charlie's Angels" (Elliot Pap, VANCOUVER SUN, 3/9).