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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.
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