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  • CANUCKS AND GRIZZLIES MOVING TO VANCOUVER TV NEXT SEASON

              After more than 20 years of association with British
         Columbia Television [BCTV], "the Canucks will move their
         regional telecasts" to Vancouver TV [VTV], a Baton
         Broadcasting station launched last fall, according to Grant
         Kerr of the Toronto GLOBE & MAIL.  VTV will telecast 27-30
         Canucks games in '98-99, along with 24 Grizzlies games. 
         Financial details of the two-year deal, plus an option year,
         were not disclosed.  BCTV paid an estimated C$1.7M to
         broadcast the Canucks this season, and reports in Vancouver
         put VTV's bid at C$2.7M a year.  BCTV's sister station,
         CHEK-TV, handled Grizzlies games.  Details of their new
         agreement were not available (Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 4/9).
    
    
    

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  • MEDIA NOTES

              In K.C., club and network sources say that Chiefs RB
         Marcus Allen will announce his retirement today and join CBS
         Sports as an NFL studio analyst (K.C. STAR, 4/9)....ESPN has
         tapped the AP's Electronic News Production System as its
         newsroom computer system.  The system features a fully
         integrated search engine, complete off-line and remote
         access capabilities for field staff, and the ability to work
         in any language (BROADCASTING & CABLE, 4/6 issue)....News
         Corp.-backed Sky Latin America and Fox Sports Americas "have
         bagged rights to most of the Chilean soccer to be broadcast
         over the next five years."  Between them, Sky and FSA have
         exclusive rights to 90 out of 120 league games per season. 
         FSA will carry one game per week through the 30-week season. 
         DAILY VARIETY's Andrew Paxman wrote that the for Fox, "the
         deal signals the latest blow in its high-stakes battle with
         ESPN for pole position in the Spanish-speaking Americas"
         (DAILY VARIETY, 4/8)....British Sky Broadcasting and
         Scottish Media Group "are shutting down Sky Scottish, their
         soccer-based TV channel, after a run of less than 18
         months."  The 50/50 joint venture will close May 31 (DAILY
         VARIETY, 4/8)....Fox Sports Detroit will showcase a 22 foot-
         by-10 foot mobile Go Tigers! billboard today and tomorrow at
         various locations in metro Detroit.  The billboard reads,
         "Go Tigers! Good Luck From Your Fans!" (Fox Sports Detroit).
    
    

    Print | Tags: CBS, Detroit Tigers, ESPN, Kansas City Chiefs, News Corp./Fox, NFL, Media, Viacom, Walt Disney
  • MLB ONLINE NOTES: YANKEES SIGN THREE-YEAR DEAL WITH AUDIONET

              AudioNet and the Yankees announced a three-year
         exclusive contract under which AudioNet will broadcast live
         action of Yankees games at www.yankees.com.  Additional
         coverage will include "Yankees Magazine," a weekly live show
         with audio and video; Yankees Online, broadcasting exclusive
         reports on players; live chats with players and coaches; and
         vintage audio and video highlights (AudioNet).
              MLB ONLINE NOTES: Roger Clemens' new Web site,
         www.rocketroger.com, was launched last week.  The site will
         feature a post-game interview after each of Clemens' starts
         this season, as well as a pitch-by-pitch breakdown of each
         start, and a monthly chat with Clemens (THE DAILY). 
         Officials at Sports Internet Marketing, the company that
         developed Clemens' Web site, said the site has been getting
         "roughly" 6,000 visits a day since its debut (TORONTO STAR,
         4/8)....The Cubs' official Web site, www.cubs.com,
         experienced a "record level of traffic" last Friday for the
         team's home opener.  The site generated "nearly" 250,000
         page views and quadrupled the '97 single-day high.  Also,
         approximately 25,000 tuned into the Cubs radio broadcast
         that was available through the site (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 4/8).
    
    

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