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Published June 2, 1998
Turner Sports and the PGA of America announced a seven- year extension, through 2005, for exclusive cable rights to The PGA Championship and The PGA Grand Slam of Golf annually. The deal calls for 18 hours of PGA Championship coverage and eight hours of PGA Grand Slam coverage annually. Beginning in '99, TBS's PGA Championship coverage will also feature a Wednesday preview show (Turner)....Red Wings coach Scotty Bowman, who complained Sunday about Fox's electronically enhanced pucks, "backed off" yesterday and said he "wasn't coming down on the puck," but that, on Sunday, the ice "was the problem" (USA TODAY, 6/2)....NBC MLB analyst Bob Uecker is leaving the net due to a back problem. Uecker will continue his radio play-by-play duties with the Brewers (USA TODAY, 6/2)....Boston Globe Assistant Managing Sports Editor Don Skwar said reader reaction to the paper's Spanish game stories of Red Sox P Pedro Martinez's home starts are running "about" 60-40 in favor, but said that "no spike in circulation has been detected" (MEDIAWEEK, 6/1)....In S.F., C.W. Nevius writes under the header, "Some Tinkering Could Let NHL Translate To TV." Nevius suggest that carriers covering hockey should install "cameras above the ice" (S.F. CHRONICLE, 6/2)....In Boston, Jim Baker wrote that Fox's Catcher-Cam should be used only on replays and said that when it's used live, "you can't tell whether a pitch is a ball or strike" and when it's hit, it is difficult to "follow it" (BOSTON HERALD, 6/1).