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Published August 31, 1995
How are the Raiders and Rams doing in their former home? KTTV, L.A.'s Fox affiliate, has asked fans to call in and vote for the game they want to see on Sunday -- 49ers-Saints or Rams- Packers. Fox spokesperson Lou Dermilio said the vote is running 70-30 in favor of the 49ers. An NBC spokesperson said the Raiders will "see a fair share of air time" in L.A. this year (L.A. TIMES, 8/31)....In Boston, Jim Baker reports that Fox is in the best position to bring about the return of a Saturday MLB Game of the Week, and that a source at The Baseball Network said that officials at MLB and CBS still have a "bad taste in their mouth" over the old CBS deal. Baker writes to expect Fox and ABC-ESPN to prevail. On the local front, Boston's WABU-TV (Channel 68) is reportedly "close" to a rights fee deal with the Red Sox, although incumbent WSBK-TV is still in the running. Ray Rajewski, broadcast head at Paramount, WSBK's parent company, would not comment on reports that Paramount would not authorize a bid above $8M due to baseball losses (BOSTON HERALD, 8/31)....Some different takes on preseason NFL network ratings. VARIETY's Stu Miller notes that ABC's first three NFL games not only fell below last year's average (which spiked due to the baseball strike), but also below the '93 numbers (VARIETY, 9/3 issue). However, A release from Turner broadcasting reports that TNT's NFL coverage generated the highest basic cable ratings for August (Turner)....Announcer Kenny Albert's move from HTS to MSG is "all but official" (Baltimore SUN, 8/31).