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TEAM MEDIA NOTES: BLAZERS HAVE THEIR OWN MUST-SEE TV PACKAGE
Published October 23, 1996
The Blazers and DirecTV will provide a DirecTV DBS 25-game in-market BlazerVision package to viewers within a 150-mile radius of Portland for $189. Stephanie Campbell, VP/Programming for DirecTV: "Portland area residents now have a viable alternative to cable when considering subscribing to the BlazerVision package" (Blazers). BULLS: WGN-TV's decision to comply with a federal appellate court ruling and make its coverage of Bulls' games available only in the Chicago area is "expected to dilute interest in the channel and cut into national ad revenues," according to Ellis Simon of ELECTRONIC MEDIA. The Tribune Co. Senior Counsel Chuck Sennett would not discuss the extent of WGN's ad revenue losses, but noted "because its case is an antitrust suit, if it wins, any damages awarded to the Tribune will be tripled." Sennett: "The national ad revenue will not be recovered. We intend to hold the NBA responsible for our losses times three" (ELECTRONIC MEDIA, 10/21 issue).