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Published December 2, 1997
NETWORKS: Regarding the NFL TV negotiations, NFL VP/ Communications Greg Aiello confirmed that the December 1 deadline for the incumbents' exclusive bargaining period has not been extended. Aiello: "At this point, we can now talk to other interested parties" (Steve Zipay, NEWSDAY, 12/2). Fox Sports President David Hill, on Fox's NHL coverage: "We're trying to get more access to NHL coaches. ... To the novice, hockey appears to be players skating where they want. But the coach is doing more than chewing gum behind the bench. There's strategy and tactics and we can do a better job of explaining that" (Steve Zipay, NEWSDAY, 12/2). GENERAL: WVNJ-AM, which syndicates One-On-One Sports radio in the NYC-area, was profiled by Christine Burke in the N.Y. POST. One-On-One President Chris Brennan, who also owns WVNJ, said that he "has seen listener interest in female sports increase, while female listenership has gone up from almost non-existent to about 25-30 percent of One- On-One's national audience" (N.Y. POST, 12/1)....In N.Y. Keith Kelly reports that the Wall Street Journal "is having a tough time finding a new star reporter for its sports biz page," after John Helyar left the sports department to do other investigative features (N.Y DAILY NEWS, 12/2).