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NBA AND SPURS TRY TO CRACKDOWN ON ILLEGAL TV BROADCASTS

     The NBA and Spurs are telling local businesses in the San
Antonio area they "may face legal trouble if they show playoff
games without authorization," according to the SAN ANTONIO
EXPRESS-NEWS.  Lawrence Payne, Spurs Senior VP/Broadcasting, said
a letter mailed to 400 recipients said, "If you want to show
these games, you have to get permission."  Payne said about 30
outlets had been licensed for games over this past weekend, and a
blackout area extends 75 miles for NBC broadcasts and 35 miles
for cable (Joe Fohn, SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS, 5/1).
     NBC RELEASES FINAL RATINGS:  The "NBA on NBC" has scored its
highest regular-season ratings average in its last five years.
The series finished with a 5.2 rating/14 share for 26 telecasts,
an increase of 13% over last season, which ended with a 4.6/12.
It was the highest regular-season average for the NBA on network
TV since the '88-89 season when the NBA got a 5.8 on CBS (NBC).
     CHECK YOUR LOCAL VIDEO STORE:  NBA Entertainment will
release two home videos tomorrow:  "Hakeem the Dream" and "Shawn
Kemp The ReignMan" (NBA NEWS, 4/25 issue).
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