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A RETURN TO NORMALCY AS MLB BEGINS TV NEGOTIATIONS?

     MLB's TV committee is negotiating "with these three basic
points in mind," according to Glenn Dickey of the S.F. CHRONICLE.
No regionalization of broadcasts; returning game of the week
telecasts; and starting weekend playoff games earlier to allow
children to watch (S.F. CHRONICLE, 10/13).  In Boston, Jack Craig
reports that Fox reportedly would like to bring back the Saturday
"Game of the Week" for afternoon telecasts, but "would insist"
that there be no competition of local telecasts.  Craig notes
that a Fox deal would move all other games to Saturday nights
(BOSTON GLOBE, 10/13).  In San Jose, Colin Seymour writes that
for "day games, networks and affiliates don't want any. Cable
giants do ... ESPN would love to fill the daytime baseball void"
(SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 10/13).
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