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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).