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August 31, 1990 | MICHAEL GRANBERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A high-ranking official of one of the NFL's biggest advertisers said Thursday that, after meeting with executives of Anheuser-Busch, Inc., the league had postponed indefinitely its "scrambling" of fall telecasts. Fearing a prolonged national boycott of Anheuser-Busch products, the official said the league and the networks had agreed not to scramble, at least for "the immediate future."
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August 31, 1990 | MICHAEL GRANBERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A high-ranking official of one of the NFL's biggest advertisers said Thursday that, after meeting with executives of Anheuser-Busch, Inc., the league had postponed indefinitely its "scrambling" of fall telecasts. Fearing a prolonged national boycott of Anheuser-Busch products, the official said the league and the networks had agreed not to scramble, at least for "the immediate future."
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August 29, 1990 | MICHAEL GRANBERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Congressional opposition to the scrambling of NFL telecasts has begun forming in Washington, with a San Diego congressman announcing Tuesday that he intends to introduce "de-scrambling" legislation after Congress reconvenes Sept. 4. Rep. Jim Bates (D-San Diego) claims to have the backing of "30 to 40" senators and congressmen. Said Greg Aiello, the NFL's director of communications: "We don't have a reaction. It's a speculative situation, so we would react at the time . . . if something happens."
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August 29, 1990 | MICHAEL GRANBERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Congressional opposition to the scrambling of NFL telecasts has begun forming in Washington, with a San Diego congressman announcing Tuesday that he intends to introduce "de-scrambling" legislation after Congress reconvenes Sept. 4. Rep. Jim Bates (D-San Diego) claims to have the backing of "30 to 40" senators and congressmen. Said Greg Aiello, the NFL's director of communications: "We don't have a reaction. It's a speculative situation, so we would react at the time . . . if something happens."
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August 30, 1990 | MICHAEL GRANBERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue said Wednesday that plans to "scramble" its fall telecasts were carried out at the urging of major advertisers--a statement promptly denied by one of the league's biggest commercial sponsors. Meanwhile, fans across the country began threatening a boycott of some sponsors, including Anheuser-Busch., Inc., which issued a statement saying that scrambling was "strictly" the decision of the league and the television networks.
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