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Published May 6, 1998
The WALL STREET JOURNAL's Pope & Cauley examine the efforts of broadcast networks to convince advertisers to buy time on the networks, rather than on cable. CBS has sent out a study which shows statistics "suggesting that cable viewership is higher than the national average in households earning less than $30,000 a year" (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 5/6)....In Toronto, William Houston reports that the "most important" regional cable package in Canada is the Maple Leafs' rights, and that rights to the Leafs and Raptors could be sold as a package. Houston: "Insiders predict TSN will outbid CTVSN for the Leafs and perhaps also the Raptors" (Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 5/6)....In his final column for the HOCKEY NEWS, Al Morganti thanks Editor-in-Chief Steve Dryden for "giving me a forum to express my views over the years." Morganti: "As a conflict due to my expanded role with ESPN has arisen, I reflect back on how my decade- long association with THN has always enhanced my ability to gather news" (HOCKEY NEWS, 5/8 issue)....N.Y. media buyer Paul Schulman on ABC rebranding "Monday Night Football" to include the name ESPN: "[A]s a buyer, I don't think it will help in the NFL marketplace. It takes away from it. ESPN's name means a lot, but ABC's 'Monday Night Football' has already got a great name" (Rudy Martzke, USA TODAY, 5/6).