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REFUND! REFUND! EBU, OTHERS WANT RIGHTS REBATE ON GAMES

     The European Broadcasting Union said yesterday it wants  a
refund of some of the $250M it paid for rights to the Atlanta
Games.  In a letter to IOC, EBU cited working conditions "so bad
that its members could not deliver acceptable programs to viewers
and listeners."  The EBU is the largest media rightsholder after
NBC and any refunds "would be a severe financial setback" for
ACOG (Richard Walters, FINANCIAL TIMES, 7/23).  The EBU's Jarle
Hoeysaeter said broadcasters arriving at some events "looked for
competitors names and found blank papers instead."  The results
system listed the age of one fighter at 95, when the boxer was
only 21 (Johnson & Brown, USA TODAY, 7/23).
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