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GROUP W SATELLITE TO GIVE BREWERS, BUCKS CABLE DEALS?
Published December 8, 1995
Group W Satellite Communications "seems poised" to bring Brewers and Bucks games to cable TV subscribers in Wisconsin, according to Bob Wolfley of the MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL. Neither team currently has a cable deal, but Brewers VP Laurel Prieb and Bucks VP John Steinmiller are "cautiously optimistic that a deal could be struck." The state's largest cable company, Warner Cable, recently sent a postcard to subscribers announcing the "Wisconsin Sports Network" would be available on basic cable soon, and would televise up to 60 Brewers and Bucks game not available on network TV (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, 12/8). THE UN-FAN? Toronto's all-sports radio station, "The Fan," is losing listeners after losing broadcast rights to the Leafs, according to Rob Longley of the TORONTO SUN. The Leafs, who went to rock station Q-107, saw their total audience grow from 127,600 per game to 198,950. The increases of being on a bigger, higher- profile station "pleases Leaf management, which is now getting more money and audiences for its radio broadcasts." In the market, The Fan places "a dismal" 14th (TORONTO SUN, 12/8).