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BOSTON GARDEN CORP. FILES SUIT AGAINST FOX SPORTS N.E.

          The New Boston Garden Corp. has filed suit and "has
     threatened to block Fox Sports New England [FSNE] from
     televising games," because it has failed to pay new fees
     that went into effect when the FleetCenter opened in '95,
     according to Andrea Estes of the BOSTON HERALD.  FSNE, which
     recently bought SportsChannel New England, has reportedly
     "balked" at new fees for hooking up TV trucks outside the
     arena, which "soared" from $550 per truck per game to
     $1,500, a 200% increase.  FleetCenter officials claim the
     cable company now owes $297,000 in charges as of January 30. 
     Estes reports that FSNE officials have not yet responded to
     the suit, filed January 20, "nor would they discuss the
     dispute."  Current FleetCenter President Richard Krezwick
     said that the fees "were hiked because the company had high-
     tech features built into the new arena" and added that the
     new fees are "completely justifiable" (BOSTON HERALD, 3/2).

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