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RED SOX NIX DUQUETTE'S PROPOSED SHOW ON NON-RIGHTS CARRIER
Published March 18, 1998
The Red Sox have "killed" GM Dan Duquette's new TV show on WBZ, "Boston Red Sox with Dan Duquette," which was supposed to begin airing in April on Sundays with WBZ sports anchor Bob Lobel as host, according to Joan Vennochi of the BOSTON GLOBE. Duquette's publicist John Flynn had negotiated a three-year deal with WBZ that would have paid Duquette "a six-figure salary," but on Friday, Sox Exec VP John Buckley told WBZ GM Ed Goldman the deal was off. Vennochi calls this "an intriguing turn of events," as the Sox "continue to display an odd resistance to even the most overtly friendly media contact." Buckley could not be reached for comment, but Flynn and Goldman said he told them that the team was "concerned" about its contractual arrangement with Sox broadcast carrier WABU. Flynn said Duquette was "very upset" and described the breakdown of talks with WBZ as a "control issue" with the team. Flynn: "They get very paranoid. It's ridiculous. Their marketing and sales mentality is from somewhere in the 1940s." Flynn said the team wants to pitch a Duquette show to WABU, but Duquette "doesn't want to do a show" on WABU. Fallout from the nixed show "reveals a larger problem: a potential rift between Duquette ... and the top Sox brass, in the last season of Duquette's contract" (BOSTON GLOBE, 3/18).