LES EXPOS WILL NOT BE SEEN ON ENGLISH TV IN CANADA
Published April 6, 1995
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.