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Volume 25 No. 27
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FOX SPORTS INKS DEAL WITH PASS FOR RIGHTS TO TIGERS/PISTONS

          Fox Sports Detroit (FSD) has acquired the exclusive
     cable rights to the Pistons and Tigers from the PASS network
     and, upon completion of the deal, the Pistons will be seen
     on FSD at the start of this season, while the Tigers will
     debut for the '98 season.  Earlier this year, FSD had
     acquired the cable rights to the Red Wings, along with the 
     rights to the Pistons starting in '99.  FSD will debut in
     mid-September and launch as a basic cable channel (Fox).
          POWER PLAYER: In Detroit, Steve Crowe reports that
     Ameritech New Media has become "the first" local cable
     system to sign on to carry FSD.  Also on Tuesday, TCI Cable
     said that "its many outlets across Michigan would pick up"
     FSD.  In purchasing PASS' inventory, FSD will make it
     "easier for cable systems" to offer channel space for its
     new basic service (DETROIT FREE PRESS, 8/27).