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TEAM MEDIA NOTES: BLAZERS' WHITSITT SAYS DECISION IS FINAL

          The Blazers "are not reconsidering their decision" to
     remove Bill Schonely from its radio play-by-play, according
     to Steve Brandon of the Portland OREGONIAN.  Blazers
     President Bob Whitsitt: "I think that was pretty well
     decided last summer. ... I think the whole situation is
     unfortunate for everybody" (Portland OREGONIAN, 5/8).
          NHL RATINGS: The Sharks earned a 5.9 rating on Fox
     Sports Bay Area for their final first-round playoff game
     against the Stars.  Up until then, ratings had averaged
     around a 2.0 (OAKLAND TRIBUNE, 5/9)....Fox Sports Southwest
     reported its top two ratings of the season for coverage of
     the Stars first round games against the Sharks.  Game Two
     earned a 3.9 total rating and 7.5 cable rating.  Game Six
     earned a 3.6 total overall, and a 6.9 cable rating. 
     Regular-season Stars games drew an average of 0.7, with a
     1.3 cable rating (FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 5/9).

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