BASKETBALL NIGHT IN CANADA: NBA TO SIGN ON WITH CTV?
CTV is close to signing a deal to become the primary
national carrier for the Raptors and Grizzlies. Sources have
indicated that CTV's deal with the NBA calls for the network to
receive eight Raptors games and eight Grizzlies games each
season. That package would be supplemented by CTV picking up
another 10 or so NBA games provided by NBC. TSN will not be the
primary NBA carrier in Canada, but the cable network will be sold
a 15-game package of Raptors and Grizzlies games (Neil Campbell,
Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 10/21). Farouk Muhammad, VP of Programming
for CFMT, a multicultural TV station, is negotiating a contract
with the Raptors to have the teams' games telecast in languages
other than English or French (Ken McKee, TORONTO STAR, 10/21).