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Published May 9, 2013
NOT GOING ANYWHERE: In Buffalo, Alan Pergament reported Sabres play-by-play announcer Rick Jeanneret confirmed that he "will be back in the TV and radio booth" next season. Jeanneret said, "I don't know how many games I'm going to do. I'll do most of them. It depends on the schedule." Jeanneret worked "44 of the 48 games in the just-completed shortened season, missing the first four games because of an illness." His return would "appear to put an end to speculation that the Sabres are considering having different announce teams work radio and TV" (BUFFALONEWS.com, 5/7).
PAYMENT PLAN: MULTICHANNEL NEWS' R. Thomas Umstead noted the number of PPV buys for last Saturday's Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Roberto Guerrero fight has yet to be announced, but some cable execs are "already hoping that Mayweather’s next PPV fight will feature a marquee opponent with greater name recognition." Industry observers are "pointing to a potential Sept. 14 Mayweather bout with Canelo Alverez as a mega PPV event that could pull more than 1 million PPV buys, as well as help to build a future PPV star in the young Mexican fighter." If the Mayweather-Guerrero PPV numbers "fall short of expectations," Showtime may want to "consider an opponent for Mayweather with more box office appeal for the second of its six-fight deal" (MULTICHANNEL.com, 5/7).