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NETS AIM TO GAIN MLB PLAYOFF EDGE WITH DODGERS/YANKS GAMES

          The "annual tussle" among ESPN, Fox and NBC for first-
     round MLB playoff games "will be finalized this week,"
     according to an AP report in the N.Y. POST.  Each wants "as
     many games as they can get involving the Yankees and
     Dodgers."  MLB officials say that if the Yankees advance to
     the AL Championship, "they would like to switch" Game 3 of
     the AL series, currently scheduled for Saturday, October 11
     at 4:10 pm ET, with Game 4 in the NL, currently due to start
     at 7:40 pm ET.  The later start "would push the start of the
     Yankees game until after sunset, and the end of Yom Kippur
     ... which affects a significant percentage of their ticket
     holders."  The move "would cost NBC a prime-time game and
     give an extra one to Fox, and so," MLB officials say, some
     TV execs "are resisting the change" (AP/N.Y. POST, 9/20).

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