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Published November 20, 1997
NBA: In AZ, David Leibowitz called the Suns' pay-per- view (PPV) package a "rip off." Leibowitz: "The sad thing is, the fans fall for it -- the team expects a jump in buys over last year. Sadder still, the Suns keep trying to sell pay-per-view as a favor." Leibowitz looked at the schedule of PPV games vs. free TV games since '93. While the 78 regular-season PPV games have featured teams with a total winning percentage of .568, teams on the 127 games on free TV had a .447 winning percentage. He also notes that the three PPV games this week were against the Rockets, T-Wolves and Bulls (ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 11/19). NHL: The Islanders and Brett Lindros have "reached a settlement" on Lindros' contract. Lindros retired following three concussions suffered on the ice and "indications are" that Lindros will receive the full amount due to him in the five-year, $7.5M contract, "which could be as high as" $4.5M -- depending on how much of the deal was paid out in bonuses up front instead of salary (Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 11/20).