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          Fox Sports Pittsburgh (FSP) will "continue to broadcast
     Penguins games at least through the end of this season,"
     while the network and team "battle over disputed" TV rights,
     according to David Brown of the Pittsburgh TRIBUNE-REVIEW. 
     On Friday, Judge Judith Friedman "continued a temporary
     restraining order" that blocks Pittsburgh Hockey Associates,
     owner of the Penguins, from "immediately" dropping FSP and
     broadcasting its team's game on its own cable network. 
     Friedman also established a schedule of legal action in the
     dispute that could lead to a trial "no sooner than June 1." 
     After the ruling, both sides "claimed a degree of success,"
     with FSP attorney Greg Jordan saying the injunction was
     upheld because the network's case is "very strong."  Brown
     wrote that the ruling does not restrain the newly created
     Marino Sports Television "from promoting, developing and/or
     operating as a regional sports network."  Yale Gutnick, an
     attorney for Penguins Owners Roger Marino and Howard
     Baldwin, said the owners "intend to move forward with their
     [TV] business aggressively" (TRIBUNE-REVIEW, 3/7).  
          CRITICAL OF TEAM: In Pittsburgh, Steve Sampsell called
     the dispute "unsettling."  Sampsell: "Here's a hockey team
     that wants its players to honor its contract and its trying
     to break its arrangement with the existing regional sports
     channel."  Sampsell, on the decision to name its channel
     after Marino, who is from Boston: "That'll really help build
     ties with the region.  What's wrong with Pittsburgh Sports
     Television?" (Pittsburgh TRIBUNE-REVIEW, 3/8).  

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