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Published November 19, 2013
SUBSTITUTE ANNOUNCER: In Portland, Mike Tokito noted veteran broadcaster Scott Lynn "will fill in for ailing Brian Wheeler as the radio play-by-play man" for two Trail Blazers games, starting with yesterday's game against the Nets. The Blazers "went with a simulcast format for the first two games of the trip, using the audio of the team's television broadcast on their radio network" (OREGONLIVE.com, 11/18).
HEADED NORTH: The CFL Divisional Finals on TSN on Sunday delivered an overall audience of 7.3 million viewers. The Hamilton Tiger-Cats-Toronto Argonauts Eastern Final averaged 1.7 million viewers, making it the most-watched English-language Eastern Final ever. The Saskatchewan Roughriders-Calgary Stampeders Western Final averaged 1.9 million viewers, up 2% compared to last year's Western Final (Bell Media).
FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHT: MULTICHANNEL NEWS' R. Thomas Umstead noted while the Manny Pacquiao-Juan Manuel Marquez bout last November and Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley bout in June "averaged 1 million buys each, it's unclear whether the former champion still has enough juice to reach PPV boxing's gold standard." If Pacquiao-Brandon Rios on Saturday "approaches 1 million buys, that should be enough for the boxing category to match or surpass the nearly 4 million buys generated by the category" in '12. Showtime Exec VP & GM Stephen Espinoza said that the net in '14 "plans to offer Floyd Mayweather PPV fights on May 3 and Sept. 13." He added that Showtime also expects Canelo Alvarez to "fight at least three times in 2014, the first of which will be March 8 on PPV" (MULTICHANNEL NEWS, 11/18 issue).