CANADA'S TSN DENIES REPORTS OF NO EXPOS COVERAGE
Published April 7, 1995
TSN VP Jim Thompson said there is "absolutely no truth" in the report that TSN is not interested in televising Expos games. He did say that TSN has yet to reach an agreement with the Expos for '95, but that the fault was with the Expos. He also "denied the team's claim that there was no deal because TSN couldn't sell advertising for Expos games." Thompson: "We reached a tentative agreement six weeks ago. It wasn't signed at that time because of the uncertainty over the strike. When the strike ended, we went back to the Expos and they were asking for far more money than we had agreed to." Thompson said he will be in Montreal today to talk with Expos President Claude Brochu and Expos VP Richard Morency about a deal. More Thompson: "For the past 10 years, we have been the only telecaster offering English-language coverage of the Expos, and we hope to continue." In Montreal, Pat Hickey notes with the trades the Expos made this week, the value of the Expos' TV rights has decreased (Montreal GAZETTE, 4/7). Two conference calls between TSN and the Expos were held yesterday where it is believed TSN up their offer "marginally" (TORONTO STAR, 4/7).