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Published January 3, 1996
The Broncos and KUSA announced the signing of the multi-year deal, making KUSA-Channel 9 the official TV station of the Broncos. The station will be the Broncos' exclusive official local TV partner for all non-news programming, including production of preseason games not shown nationally as well as the weekly coach's and pregame shows. Terms of the deal were not disclosed (Broncos).... Nolan Ryan will host a weekly syndicated outdoors show on Prime Sports, which premieres Sunday (USA TODAY, 1/3).... Doug Flutie, scheduled to be an analyst on CBS' Cotton Bowl coverage, pulled out for "unspecified reasons." The game "seemed a natural progression for a budding career in broadcasting," writes Jack Craig in Boston, but a "late pullout under anything other than exceptional circumstances is remembered in television" (BOSTON GLOBE, 12/27)....GM Hughes Electronics received a FORBES' award for "Most Impressive Product Rollout" for DirecTV. One year after introduction, DirecTV activated its millionth subscriber making it "the biggest product launch in consumer electronics history" (FORBES, 1/1 issue).... Echostar Communications, the direct-to-home satellite TV company, launched their first satellite. Echostar shares hit $25, a high for the year before closing at $24. They will compete against DirecTV and Primestar (N.Y. TIMES, 12/29)....ESPN has begun promotion of the fourth annual ESPY awards, which will be given out February 12 at Radio City Music Hall. Tony Danza will host, and General Motors is the primary sponsor (ESPN)....Foot Locker has added the '96 NBA All-Star Balloting to its Web site. Fans can vote worldwide until January 12 on Foot Locker's home page at "footlocker. com" on MCI's internet World Wide Web2 (Foot Locker).