SBD/Issue 86/Sports Media

Media Notes

In Chicago, Lewis Lazare cites a source as indicating that the Blackhawks are "close to inking a new three-year contract" with WGN-AM. WGN is "currently in the middle of the second year of its first three-year broadcast deal with the Hawks," and the source said that the two have "established an extremely good working relationship." Lazare writes the Blackhawks have, "in just a matter of a couple of years, become a hot broadcast commodity again" (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 1/18).

CLOSING IN ON A DEAL?'s Allan Muir noted a report by's Josh Gross last week cited a source as indicating that an agreement ending the DirecTV-Versus dispute "was expected by March." However, a Versus source earlier this month said, "I know (talks are ongoing), but it's pretty quiet. I don't think anyone at DirecTV is losing any sleep over this" (, 1/15).'s E.J. Hradek noted NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman Thursday said that the Versus and DirecTV have "started talking again," though he "stopped well short of saying the groups were anywhere close to an agreement" (, 1/15).

REPLAY RULES: In N.Y., Klein & Hackel noted the NHL two weeks ago, in response to a FSN Pittsburgh producer witholding a replay during the January 7 Flyers-Penguins game, "issued a memo to all the holders of television rights, saying that 'replays from all camera angles [should] be shown in a timely sequence' to enable replay officials to rule accurately on disputed goals." The memo added, "In the case of video review, producers and their crews have an obligation to the game, the teams and our fans to provide any and all replays of the play in question." But Klein & Hackel noted nothing in the memo "indicated that penalties would result if another producer hid evidence from replay officials" (N.Y. TIMES, 1/17).

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