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THE BASEBALL NETWORK: THE HITS JUST KEEP ON COMING
Published August 23, 1995
In Chicago, Steve Nidetz criticizes The Baseball Network's policy of blacking out non-prime time games on nights that TBN has exclusivity. This Friday, the Cubs day game will not be locally broadcast because NBC has the "day-long" rights to all MLB games. Due to a city ordinance, the Cubs cannot have night games on Fridays. TBN spokesperson Dan Bell: "We know it isn't perfect. But we're trying to rebuild the baseball package to make it more attractive to advertisers." Nidetz writes, "Isn't it kind of silly to black out the entire day for a program that's only going to air at night?" Cubs Broadcast Services Coordinator Phil Bedella: "We agree." Nidetz closes, after an examination of likely playoff conflicts: "Is it any wonder The Baseball Network will not be missed when it dissolves after this season?" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 8/23).