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Published June 3, 1996
In Boston, Jack Craig examines the "nasty in-house dispute" among NESN's partners -- the Red Sox and Bruins vs. WSBK -- over the future of the regional sports network. Craig writes, "The issue is money, and indirectly, how quickly and how far NESN will move from a pay to a basic channel." One observer believes the legal action taken by the teams may lead to talks on a buyout of WSBK's 20% share (BOSTON GLOBE, 6/2)....In New York, Bob Raissman reports WPIX does not want to part with the Yankees, headed for MSG's new WBIS+. Also, the Nets will soon sign a new radio deal with WOR-AM (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 6/2)....The N.Y. TIMES' Bill Carter examines the networks' battles to gain cable access for their new all-news channels. NBC is threatening to pull network programming -- including the Olympics -- from any operator that refuses to carry MSNBC in place of America's Talking (N.Y. TIMES, 6/3).