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RAVENS CLOSE TO A DECISION ON TV AND RADIO DEALS
Published July 2, 1996
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).