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HOCKEY NEWS & NOTES: FLYERS TO CALL THE CABLE GUY?
Published September 10, 1996
The Flyers are set to open the season in 26 days and the team still does not have a cable carrier, according to Mike Bruton of the PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER. The Flyers and Prism, the team's previous TV carrier, have been negotiating since Comcast- Spectacor purchased the team, but "have come to no agreement." The deal would be for one year, until the Comcast sports network "is up and running and presumably ready to showcase the Flyers, Sixers and Phillies," which is why Prism was reportedly only offering a nominal rights of $5M. The Flyers are negotiating with independent cable operators as an alternative to Prism, and if a deal is reached, the games would be shown on each cable system independently, and the team would pay the production costs of about $20,000 a game. Bruton notes "cable operators are being squeezed ... between Prism and the Flyers and they don't seem comfortable." Bruton: "If a deal isn't made soon, somebody is going to turn into a pumpkin, and that somebody could be [Comcast-Spectacor Managing Partner] Ed Snider" (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 9/10). WORLD CUP NOTES: The NHL and NHLPA will co-host a cybercast of tonight's Canada-U.S. game one of the World Cup of Hockey finals in Philadelphia at www.worldcup hockey.com. It will be hosted by Greg Millen, with analysis by Ranger coach Colin Campbell. The action begins at 8:00pm ET and the site will also host events for game two and, if necessary, game three in Montreal (THE DAILY)....Prime Sports will air the World Cup of Hockey final tonight and Thursday and game three, if necessary, from Montreal (Prime Sports). In Toronto, William Houston notes Fox is expected to air the third game from Montreal nationally (Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 9/10). But a Fox spokesperson told THE DAILY this morning that Fox has no plans to broadcast game three nationally, but that it would be on fX (THE DAILY).