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COLANGELO SECURES CABLE DEALS FOR D'BACKS, NHL TEAM
Published March 22, 1996
The Diamondbacks and Phoenix's NHL franchise have signed separate 10-year cable deals with Fox-Liberty Sports for cable telecasts of their games, according to the ARIZONA REPUBLIC. Don Ketchem reports Jerry Colangelo, Managing General Partner of the D'Backs and a key player in the NHL team's relocation from Winnipeg, said the packages would put both teams :in the top five in their respective sports in cable-generated revenue." Terms call for 60 Diamondbacks games to be televised on the Prime Network during the '98 season. The NHL club will have as many as 40 of their games on Prime. The Diamondbacks have already agreed to a deal with Phoenix station KTVK to televise around 75 games over-the-air. Shawn Hunter, Exec VP/COO for the NHL team, said the team and sport will be introduced this summer with several programs on Prime (ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 3/22). Liberty Sports plans on opening an office in Phoenix surrounding the venture. In addition, Liberty's Prime Network will be the title sponsor of the Diamondbacks' baseball museum inside Bank One Ballpark (GOULD MEDIA, 3/22).