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Volume 24 No. 115
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     For the first time in 14 years, ABC will not cover the New
York City Marathon live.  Instead, ABC will show the November 6
race in a one-hour, tape-delayed format at 3pm.  The decision not
to cover the event live was blamed on declining ratings and hefty
production costs (Jim Shea, HARTFORD COURANT, 10/28)....The
Empire Sports Network and the AHL announced a one-year deal in
which the regional sports network will produce a seven-game
package involving the five NY state AHL franchises (Empire)....In
an effort to push package buys for regular-season pay-per-view
Trail Blazers and Spurs basketball games, KBLCOM Inc. systems
will offer subscribers discount package prices and added-value
premiums (MULTICHANNEL NEWS, 10/24 issue).