SBJ/December 20 - 26, 1999/No Topic Name

USA completes vid grand slam

USA Home Entertainment has completed a clean sweep of video-licensing deals with the four major pro leagues by signing as the exclusive distributor of National Hockey League home videos.

A division of USA Films, part of Barry Diller's USA media holdings, USA Home Entertainment replaces CBS/Fox, which has been moving out of the professional sports video business.

NHL officials said the league will benefit from USA's year-round commitment to sports videos.

"They have permanent retail space devoted to sports," said Doug Perlman, the NHL's vice president of business affairs.

USA's first NHL title, "NHL 2000: A Millennium of Memories," will be released Feb. 1. A Stanley Cup video and one other title will follow before the end of next year. In subsequent years, USA plans to release four to five videos a year.

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