PLAYOFF NOTES: PICTURE CLEAR FOR NHL PLAYOFFS ON CBC
CBC and its major unions reached a "12th hour" agreement in
ongoing labor negotiations to avoid a strike that would have
affected NHL playoff coverage and the network's Olympic
preparations (Montreal GAZETTE, 5/25).
CUP CRAZE HITS FLORIDA: The Panthers hit a new ratings high
on Miami's Fox affiliate, with a 10.6 rating and a 23 share for
Sunday's Game 4 against the Penguins. The Panthers averaged just
a 1.8 for the regular season. The NHL game topped both the Indy
500 (6.1) and the NBA's Jazz-Sonics (3.5) in Miami (Barry
Jackson, MIAMI HERALD, 5/29).
NO DEAL: TSN, Canada's cable sports network, failed to
acquire a package of NBA games for the '96-97 season. The
reason, according to William Houston of the GLOBE & MAIL: "TSN
thought the NBA's rights fees were too steep and objected to
sharing commercial time with the league." That leaves the
possibility that a new channel, S3 (whose license is pending
before Canada's Radio-TV and Telecom Commission), could get NBA
rights. Currently, CTV has the rights to 18 Raptors and
Grizzlies games (GLOBE & MAIL, 5/25).