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FALLOUT FROM MCCAW PURCHASE OF NORTHWEST ENTERTAINMENT

     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).
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