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TEAM MEDIA NOTES: PANTHERS AIM FOR BROADER REACH

     TCI is still in negotiations with SportsChannel Florida to
carry the channel along with its coverage of the Panthers,
according to Barry Jackson of the MIAMI HERALD.  TCI's 330,000
South Florida subscribers have not been able to view Panthers'
games on SportsChannel.  The Panthers play the Avalanche tonight,
and while both ESPN2 and SportsChannel carry the game, many South
Florida residents won't be able to see it.  ESPN2 will be blacked
out because of NHL rules (MIAMI HERALD, 10/17)....The lack of TV
coverage for seven of the NHL Kings' first nine road games is due
to scheduling choices made by Prime Ticket, not the team's
decision, according to Kings' officials.  Kings Dir of PR Nick
Salata: "It was Prime's choice.  People ask us why there are less
games on TV and its just that Prime has more product" (L.A.
TIMES, 10/16). ...With the case between the NBA and WGN pending,
WGN will air movies and other programming to cable viewers
outside Chicago for its 35 Bulls games, while local viewers will
get the games (INSIDE MEDIA ONLINE, 10/17).
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