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Published June 16, 1998
The case concerning's Viacom's suit against the Red Sox and Bruins, its partners in NESN, over rights fees inequities and compensation if NESN goes from premium pay status to basic cable, goes to an arbitration hearing this week. In Boston, Jim Baker wrote that the outcome, "in addition to addressing Viacom's dissatisfaction," may set the stage for more moves, including Fox Sports New England becoming a more aggressive bidder for local rights (BOSTON HERALD, 6/14)....The NHL Kings signed a new three-year radio deal with CBS-owned KRLA-AM, making it the team's new flagship. KRLA will carry all Kings games beginning this season, and the deal marks the end of the Kings' eight-year relationship with San Diego-based XTRA (Kings)....N.Y.'s WCBS-TV sports anchor Warner Wolf "found himself at a loss for words" yesterday "when his dentures popped out on live TV." Wolf eventually replaced the bridge and finished his report: "I've been on the air for 38 years and that's the worst thing that's ever happened to me" (N.Y. POST, 6/16).