New "Hard Knocks" To Feature Texans Fox Sports' World Cup HQ Wrapping Up Construction Gracenote Jumps Into Sports Data Market Vegas NHL Group Well Past Ticket Deposit Goal NHL Playoffs Seeing More Goals In Conference Finals Charter To Carry Dodgers' SportsNet LA Indy 500 Viewership Best Since '12 Nets Could Avoid "Repeater Tax" Next Season Bucks Arena Financing Deal Imminent Sources: Millen Leaving ESPN For Fox Sports
Upcoming Conferences and Events
PLAYOFF NOTES: PICTURE CLEAR FOR NHL PLAYOFFS ON CBC
Published May 29, 1996
CBC and its major unions reached a "12th hour" agreement in ongoing labor negotiations to avoid a strike that would have affected NHL playoff coverage and the network's Olympic preparations (Montreal GAZETTE, 5/25). CUP CRAZE HITS FLORIDA: The Panthers hit a new ratings high on Miami's Fox affiliate, with a 10.6 rating and a 23 share for Sunday's Game 4 against the Penguins. The Panthers averaged just a 1.8 for the regular season. The NHL game topped both the Indy 500 (6.1) and the NBA's Jazz-Sonics (3.5) in Miami (Barry Jackson, MIAMI HERALD, 5/29). NO DEAL: TSN, Canada's cable sports network, failed to acquire a package of NBA games for the '96-97 season. The reason, according to William Houston of the GLOBE & MAIL: "TSN thought the NBA's rights fees were too steep and objected to sharing commercial time with the league." That leaves the possibility that a new channel, S3 (whose license is pending before Canada's Radio-TV and Telecom Commission), could get NBA rights. Currently, CTV has the rights to 18 Raptors and Grizzlies games (GLOBE & MAIL, 5/25).