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Published April 28, 1998
CITIES OF ANGELS: In N.Y., Richard Sandomir notes the frequency of Angels' telecasts on Disney-parent ESPN's MLB action this season, pointing out that following its upcoming broadcast of the Angels-White Sox game on May 3, ESPN will have carried five Angels games this season, two more than any other team. Sandomir writes that with Disney holding controlling interest in the Angels and ESPN, "it's easy to label this a conspiracy." But ESPN VP/Communications Chris LaPlaca said, "There is no shadowy programmer on the grassy knoll. Even Oliver Stone would have a hard time making something out of this" (Richard Sandomir, N.Y. TIMES, 4/28). NOTES: In Cincinnati, John Fay wrote that no decision has been made on whether Pete Rose will get a bigger role on FSN's "The Last Word" following his stint as co-host last week, but added that Rose's "gig probably earned him strong consideration" (CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, 4/27)....More turnover at the N.Y. Daily News sports dept. after Frank Brown left to work for the NHL. Daily News Sunday Sports Editor Dave Kaplan "will soon leave" for the Yogi Berra Museum. Also, Assistant Sports Editor Eric Gerard and Associate Sports Editor Anthony Rieber are "both leaving" the paper for journalism jobs outside NYC (CRAIN'S NEW YORK BUSINESS, 4/27)....VARIETY's Rich Katz reports that the dispute between the NFL and CBS and Fox over the nets' stations being barred from using NFL clips in Sunday night highlight shows "will be resolved amicably this week." The compromise reportedly allows "limited highlights in select markets of the home team's games," and sources said that it "satisfies" all parties concerned (VARIETY, 4/27 issue).