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HAS FOX HAD ENOUGH HOCKEY? DISPUTES REPORT OF RHI OBLIGATION

          Fox Sports Senior VP/Media Relations Vince Wladika
     denied a report (THE DAILY, 8/4) that Fox Sports Net may be
     required to show RHI games due to a three-year-old contract
     between Fox partner Liberty Media and the McMullen Group,
     which has aligned with Beachport Entertainment, a new
     partner of RHI.  Wladika said Liberty's deal with the
     McMullen Group in '95 was to televise a league "developed,
     formed, owned and operated" by McMullen Group.  Wladika: "We
     believe that we have no obligation to televise games of RHI,
     a league which was already in existence when the agreement
     [with McMullen Group] was executed, and who has already
     approached us in the past about televising games of its
     teams.  Without knowing the details of the transaction that
     took place between McMullen Group, Beachport and RHI, we
     feel we're under no obligation" (THE DAILY).  

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