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Published September 18, 1997
TV: USA TODAY's Gordon Forbes reports that the NFL's TV negotiations "will run slower this year." The October 1 exclusivity deadline for talking to current broadcast carriers "will be pushed back" to November 1. Forbes: "The new deal won't be firmed up until after the Super Bowl" (USA TODAY, 9/18)....Mike Keenan "has had talks with ESPN and Fox Sports about becoming a hockey commentator this season" (DETROIT FREE PRESS, 9/17)....Ed Pinckney will serve as an in-studio host for UPN-33's Heat road TV broadcasts, as well as a radio analyst on WIOD for home games (Heat). PRINT: SI will publish "The Boston Collection: The Best Boston Sports Stories from The Pages of Sports Illustrated," the first in a series of city-specific special issues. The 164-page issue will hit Boston newsstands on October 6, and will have a cover price of $5.95. Ford Division/New England is the exclusive advertiser of the issue which features Ted Williams on the cover. Chicago will be the next issue (SI).