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Media Notes

Lundquist to call three Broncos
preseason games this year
In Denver, Dusty Saunders reported CBS' Verne Lundquist is "scheduled to do play-by-play" for the three Broncos' preseason games that will air on KUSA-NBC this season. A source said that Lundquist "has agreed to terms and will be in the broadcast booth" beginning with the Broncos' scheduled preseason opener on Aug. 11 against the Cowboys. Still "to be determined is Lundquist's broadcasting partner." KUSA "last week signed a two-year partnership with the Broncos," and in addition to the preseason games, the net's contract includes weekly shows with Broncos Exec VP/Football Operations John Elway and coach John Fox. Saunders noted Broncos Owner Pat Bowlen "worked behind the scenes to get the Broncos back with the NBC affiliate" (DENVER POST, 5/30).

REGULAR IN THE LINEUP
: On Long Island, Neil Best noted "after years of limiting himself to about 20 games," YES analyst Paul O'Neill "will roughly double that" this season. O'Neill will work "14 games in June alone," and the "busy June will test whether he wants to expand his schedule further." O'Neill: "We'll see how I do. I might get overexposed. ... I don't ever see myself doing 162 games. But I could see myself doing 80 or something" (NEWSDAY, 5/31). 

PRIZE OFFERINGS: MULTICHANNEL NEWS' Mike Reynolds noted Tennis Channel from Monday through Thursday this week is presenting its "first-ever 'Tennis Week'" on "Wheel of Fortune," which includes a "host of tournament-tinged prizes and top player appearances." Tennis Channel worked with the WTA, the ATP and the USTA "to provide the featured packages for 'Wheel of Fortune,' which include luxury vacation trips tied to upcoming major tennis tournaments." Reynolds noted "some of the world's top tennis players past and present ... appear in show openings, bumpers and closing segments and to award the prize packages" (MULTICHANNEL.com, 5/30).

NORTHERN EXPOSURE
: TSN has extended its partnership with the PGA Tour. The net as part of the deal secures the rights to the '11 and '13 Presidents Cups. TSN also acquires the multiyear rights to at least eight PGA Tour events, including opening-round coverage of the RBC Canadian Open (TSN).
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