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Published February 6, 1998
Veteran SI writer Rick Telander has accepted a position at ESPN Magazine (N.Y. POST, 2/6)....In DC, Leonard Shapiro noted that the Duke-UNC basketball game last night could not be seen because local provider District Cablevision does not carry ESPN2. Raycom, which owns the rights to ACC basketball, tried to get the game on a local DC station, WUSA-CBS, but the CBS affil would not preempt its prime-time schedule (WASHINGTON POST, 2/6). In N.Y., Steve Zipay, on ESPN putting Duke-UNC on ESPN2: "[D]on't tell me the game isn't a carrot to lure more cable subscribers into asking for the Deuce" (NEWSDAY, 2/6)....In Toronto, City-TV Chair Moses Znaimer said his broadcast group "has no plans of ditching" the Raptors and has begun negotiations to renew its four-year deal with the team (TORONTO SUN, 2/6).