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BASEBALL TUBE-NOTES: THE COMING DEAL; RIZZUTO SCOOTS
Published August 21, 1995
In Philadelphia, Jayson Stark reports that MLB's next TV deal "will be a vast improvement over the current mess and will be modeled after the one struck by the NFL, with two over-the-air networks and two cable networks sharing the package" (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 8/20). In Boston, Jack Craig writes that MLB "could be in a strong bargaining position with TV next season" because of NBC's Olympics bids. NBC's expenditures "freed up money and perhaps desire for Fox to retaliate by claiming baseball." CBS and ABC may also have "renewed interest" (BOSTON GLOBE, 8/20). SCOOTER RETIRES: Yankee announcer Phil Rizzuto resigned Friday from his post at WPIX claiming he was disappointed that he couldn't make Mickey Mantle's funeral. WPIX officials say they didn't force Rizzuto to stay and cover that night's game, but that they did want his voice on a WPIX Mantle tribute. Brandon Steiner, Rizzuto's agent: "The WPIX thing upset him. But I spoke to him and it was more the funeral that made him take stock. He's 77, the schedule is tough and he wants to spend more time at home" (Steve Zipay, NEWSDAY, 8/19). The DAILY NEWS has launched a "Save our Scooter" campaign (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 8/20). Richard Sandomir reports that since his statements Friday, "Rizzuto is wavering" (N.Y. TIMES, 8/20).