Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Blues Eye Playoff Pay-per-View

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Blues Eye Playoff Pay-per-View

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The Blues are close to placing some of their home playoff games on pay-per-view television this spring, sources say.

"Yes, it has been under discussion," club President Jack Quinn said. "That's all I want to say about it now."

The National Hockey League games would be on a special cable channel available only to those people who pay a fee in addition to their normal cable charge. Sources estimated the telecasts would be priced in the $15 to $20 range per game.

"We are going to the cable operators formally next week," Prime Sports general manager Tim Griggs said Thursday. His cable television company has the rights to Blues home games in the first two rounds of the playoffs. Most, if not all, road games would remain on free television (KPLR, Channel 11).

The pay-per-view area would affect any homes in a 35-mile radius of Kiel Center. Outside that circle, the telecasts would appear at no extra charge on the regular Prime channel for cable customers who receive that network.

Games in the conference finals and Stanley Cup finals, if the Blues advance that far, would not be affected by the pay-per-view concept because ESPN and Fox have exclusive rights to those contests under a new broadcast contract engineered by the NHL.

That means there will be no local television coverage after the first two rounds of the playoffs.

Job Bulletin Board: Bob West has been hired as a sportscaster at KMOV (Channel 4), filling the spot that opened when Steve Savard was elevated to the sports director job. That came when Zip Rzeppa stepped down in January as the department's head.

West had been working in Salisbury, Md., as sports director of WBOC. Before that, he was a sports producer at WBAL in Baltimore.

He will be primarily a sports reporter at KMOV. West will do occasional anchoring to relieve Savard or weekend anchor Doug Vaughn. …

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