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  • LES EXPOS WILL NOT BE SEEN ON ENGLISH TV IN CANADA

         For the first time in franchise history, the Expos may not
    be seen on English-language TV in Canada this season, according
    to Don Cambell in Ottawa.  Expos VP of  Marketing and
    Communications Richard Morency said the club "failed to
    negotiate" a TV deal with CBC, TSN or Baton Broadcasting, leaving
    the team without a single English TV outlet.  Morency said the
    team also tried to establish its own TV network, made up of
    independent English-language stations, "but failed because of the
    high production cost."  The Expos have also not negotiated a deal
    with RDS, the French-version of TSN.  They do have a contract
    with Radio-Canada, the French-language arm of the CBC, which will
    air 32 games this season.  By comparison, TSN is finalizing a
    deal to air 80 Blue Jays games, while Baton is expected to show
    more than 30.  Morency blames the strike for the team's failure
    to negotiate an English-TV contract (OTTAWA CITIZEN, 4/6).  Expos
    President Claude Brochu:  "We're talking and we're still hoping"
    (Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 4/6).
         MONTREAL FIRE SALE:  The trades of John Wetteland and Ken
    Hill, the impending trade of Marquis Grissom and the expected
    signing of Larry Walker by the Rockies illustrates Montreal's
    place as a small-market franchise in a tight market.  In Toronto,
    Bob Elliott notes that some scouts say the Blue Jays' offer for
    Hill was better than that of the Cardinals, who won the bidding,
    and speculates that the Montreal-Toronto rivalry may have played
    a role.  Expos management was recently told by TSN that the
    team's usual 25 games on the cable network wouldn't be carried
    because of the costs of producing Blue Jays' replacement games
    from Dundein, FL.  TSN and the Expos have since broken off talks
    (TORONTO SUN, 4/6).  TSN and the Jays are owned by Labatt.
    

    Print | Tags: Canadian Broadcasting Corp., Colorado Rockies, Labatt Brewing, Media, Toronto Blue Jays
  • LIBERTY SPORTS/SILVER BULLETS ANNOUNCE AGREEMENT

         Liberty Sports and the Colorado Silver Bullets have
    announced a TV agreement giving Liberty exclusive worldwide TV
    rights to 20 games this season.  Financial terms of the deal were
    not disclosed.  In addition to coverage on RSNs around the
    country, select games will be available on Liberty's Women's
    Sports Network.  Silver Bullets Chair Paul Beckham:  "This is
    more than a business deal; it is a major statement by Liberty
    Sports to women's sports" (Liberty).
    

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  • MEDIA NOTES

         Fox Sports President David Hill will not comment on
    acquiring MLB TV rights until a CBA is signed by the players and
    owners: "I don't think anyone would become involved in meaningful
    discussions until baseball comes up with labor peace" (Rudy
    Martzke, USA TODAY, 4/6)....In this morning's WALL STREET
    JOURNAL, Elizabeth Jansen & Daniel Pearl profile civil rights
    attorney David Honig, who help initiate the FCC investigation
    into whether Fox was a foreign held company.  The FCC is expected
    to rule on the "sweeping inquiry" any day now (WALL STREET
    JOURNAL, 4/6)....ESPN will be the exclusive TV outlet for MLB's
    Opening Game, April 25, between the Marlins & Dodgers.  The game
    was moved back from April 26 (ESPN)....Wireless telecomm pioneer
    Craig McCaw, the brother of John McCaw, who recently bought a
    majority interest in the Canucks and Grizzlies, will invest $350M
    into Nextel Communications immediately and has options to invest
    as much as $1.1B in the future ("Nightly Business Report," PBS,
    4/5)....Viewership of the '94 World Cup increased 20% worldwide
    from '90, reaching an estimated 32.1 billion viewer exposures,
    according to ISL Marketing, FIFA's marketing partner (USA TODAY,
    4/6).... Basic cable TV's share of prime-time TV viewing set a
    new record for the first quarter of '95, reaching 26% of all
    households watching TV in prime time, up 18.2% from the 22 share
    it had in the 1st quarter of '93, according to a Cabletelevision
    Advertising Bureau analysis (AD AGE ONLINE).
    

    Print | Tags: ESPN, Miami Marlins, Los Angeles Dodgers, MLB, News Corp./Fox, Canucks Sports and Entertainment, Media, Vancouver Canucks, Walt Disney
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