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WPVA TOUR AIMS TO SECURE NETWORK TIME ON ABC AND ESPN

          ESPN and ABC "could team up" with the WPVA and Leonard
     Armato's CA-based Management Plus to operate the tour,
     according to Mike Reynolds of CABLE WORLD.  Sources say the
     discussions also include the possibility of a fourth party
     becoming an equity holder.  Reynolds adds that the pending
     deal could take care of the "nearly" $1M the WPVA owes ABC
     for time buys during "its four broadcast windows" during the
     '97 season.  WPVA Exec Dir Dave Williams said that "the
     shortfall stemmed from the departure of tour sponsors Coors
     Light and Killer Loop."  Reynolds adds that a deal has been
     reached "in principle" that would let ABC televise four
     shows in '98, three of them live, while ESPN would air one-
     hour taped shows of the preceding week's championship match
     on Saturdays.  ESPN and Management Plus declined comment on
     the story (Mike Reynolds, CABLE WORLD, 12/8 issue).

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