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RAVENS CLOSE TO A DECISION ON TV AND RADIO DEALS

     With a "scant month" to go before the NFL exhibition season,
the Ravens still have not reached a decision on TV and radio
partners, according to the Baltimore SUN.  But Ravens Exec VP
David Modell said an answer should come tomorrow.  Some
programmers and salespersons have privately "grumbled" that the
"perceived delay" in making the decision and the shortened sales
time the delay has caused will "make it difficult" to make any
deal a successful one.  Modell says the Ravens are taking the
extra time to ensure they make the right decision.  Modell said
the team will produce its three TV preseason games and buy
airtime from a local station.  He also said the team is deciding
whether to accept a rights fee from a radio station or to produce
those games after buying time.  Hearst Broadcasting and Infinity
are considered the leading contenders for the radio rights if the
team takes a bid (Baltimore SUN, 7/2).
     TEAM NOTES:  Jazz VP for Broadcasting Randy Rigby said the
team should be ready to announce a new flagship station "in the
next seven days."  As for buying a station outright, Rigby says
the team would like to, but added they have not found the right
property yet (SALT LAKE TRIBUNE, 7/2).
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