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NBC DOESN'T WAIVE BASEBALL RIGHTS -- JUST A FORMALITY?
Published August 25, 1995
NBC said that it will refuse to waive its exclusive negotiating period of 45 days with MLB, which starts today. While a statement from the network said there would be "no further comment," the announcement was seen "purely as a legal move and was not expected to signal any renewed interest in bidding for baseball by NBC." ABC similarly refused to waive its rights, but is said to be interested in re-bidding (WASHINGTON POST, 8/25). NBC's strategy most likely is to keep Fox and CBS away until negotiations open on October 9 (Rudy Martzke, USA TODAY, 8/25). THE GRAND PLAN: Hal Bodley reports that MLB's TV committee met with chief negotiator Barry Frank in New York on Wednesday and decided that their next contract will include two over-the- air networks and two cable outlets, similar to the NFL (USA TODAY, 8/25).