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Published September 11, 1996
Classic Sports Network has entered into an expanded distribution agreement with Cox Communications that could ultimately add "more than one million subscribers for the network." Under the deal, Cox will begin a broader roll-out of the network in October beyond current Cox systems in AZ, NE, OH, and CT (Classic Sports Network)....ESPN and ESPN2 have announced their schedules for the '96-97 NHL season. ESPN will televise 26 regular season games, beginning October 4 with the Avalanche- Blues. ESPN2 will show up to 78 regular season contests, beginning October 6 with Wayne Gretzky's Ranger debut against the Panthers (ESPN). ..ESPNEWS chief Vince Doria says the channel, scheduled for launch November 1, plans to spend more time on breaking news stories and cover topics that "don't get enough attention on 'SportsCenter,' such as the business of sports, sports technology, women's sports and high school sports" (ELECTRONIC MEDIA, 9/9 issue).