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TEAM MEDIA NOTES: BLAZERS HAVE THEIR OWN MUST-SEE TV PACKAGE

     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).
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