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Published June 20, 1995
In Denver, Dusty Saunders writes the new NHL team is close to signing both TV and radio deals, including a deal for about 25 games on Prime Sports and similar deal with a regional broadcast channel. The "leading radio" station is KKFN-AM if "conflicts with Nuggets coverage can be worked out" (ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS, 6/19)....ITT Corp. Chair Rand Araskog is profiled in the current NEWSWEEK. Araskog "relishes being a sports magnate, and may become a megamogul if ITT ... purchases a TV network" (NEWSWEEK, 6/26 issue). Chase Carey, Chair and CEO of Fox Television, is the focus of a piece in the current BROADCASTING & CABLE. Carey on the goal of News Corp. Chair Rupert Murdoch: "He is willing to take the bets necessary to build the business. Our biggest challenge is to fulfill that vision for him" (BROADCASTING & CABLE, 6/19 issue)....Prime Deportiva will televise live nine games of the Copa America soccer tournament exclusively on cable TV. The channel will produce the entire 26-game tournament, 17 of which will be distributed in conjunction with Reiss Media Entertainment on Request TV and Viewer's Choice pay-per-view services (Prime Deportiva)....America Online expects to have five million subscribers by the end of the year, up from 2.3 million subscribers currently (VARIETY, 6/20)....Turner Sports President Harvey Schiller says that the Salt Lake Games could get as much as $400-500M in TV rights fees, close to the number expected for Sydney 2000. Fox Sports President David Hill, the "only one in Budapest to meet with Sydney Olympics head Gary Pemberton," agrees that Salt Lake could affect Sydney's payout. Former CBS Sports President Neal Pilson pitched the Salt Lake Bid Committee on representing them in TV negotiations (Rudy Martzke, USA TODAY, 6/20).