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Published June 16, 1995
By a vote of 81-18, the Senate passed a "massive overhaul of telecommunications law that would affect every telephone user and television viewer by freeing industries from many government rules." Among the provisions: allowing cable and local phone companies to enter each other's businesses immediately; easing restrictions on foreign ownership of TV stations and phone companies; and allowing a single company to own an unlimited number of radio and TV stations covering up to 35% of an area's population (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 6/16)....The TORONTO SUN reports that Fox is preparing to bid for the '99 Pan-Am Games, which will be held in Winnipeg. The bid is believed to be in the neighborhood of C$15M (TORONTO SUN, 6/16).... The WASHINGTON TIMES profiles Comsat's transition from satellites to sports and entertainment. Comsat is seen as "building a Denver sports empire along the lines of a Turner Broadcasting or Walt Disney Co." (WASHINGTON TIMES, 6/16). ....The Blues extended their radio deal with KMOX through the '99-2000 season (ST. LOUIS POST- DISPATCH, 6/16).... Philadelphia's Prism/SportsChannel reports sales leads for May were up 76% over '94 due to a promotion which offered new subsribers a limited edition print signed by Phillies Hall of Famers (Prism).....The NFL Panthers have sued WXRC-FM over the station's use of the nickname "The Panther." The suit, filed by Richardson Sports Limited Partnership, which owns the team, and NFLP, claims that the station leads listeners to believe that WXRC is affiliated with the team (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 6/16)....ESPN's Extreme Games will be distributed to outlets in more than 150 countries (ESPN).