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DENVER STATIONS SCRAMBLE TO SIGN ON WITH NEW NHL ENTRY
Published May 30, 1995
In Denver, Dusty Saunders reports that KKFN-AM (The Fan) has the "inside track" to broadcast rights to the soon-to-be-renamed Nordiques when they move to Denver next year. Jefferson Pilot- owned KKFN, which carries the Nuggets, also owned by COMSAT, has the rights to first refusal on the hockey team. On the TV side, Prime Sports "already is displaying interest" (ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS, 5/29). HOCKEY'S ON-AIR PARTNERS: The NHL moved up the start of the Western Conference Final two days to Thursday, with the Eastern Final starting on Saturday. NHL VP of Public Relations Arthur Pincus said the decision was made because CBC preferred to carry the Eastern Final on Saturday night because of the ratings draw of the Flyers' Eric Lindros. Pincus, on Fox, ESPN and CBC: "We have three national carriers with equal weight. We try to make the schedule so the maximum number of people can see the maximum number of games" (Davis Shoalts, Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 5/30).