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Boston NBC-TV Station Banned

December 28, 1997

FOXBORO, Mass. (AP) _ The local NBC-TV affiliate was denied access to Foxboro Stadium for Sunday’s Patriots playoff game against the Dolphins, reportedly because of an ongoing feud between its parent company and team owner Robert Kraft.

WHDH-TV, Channel 7, broadcast its pregame and postgame shows from the parking lot of a car dealership across the street, and commentators made repeated wry references to their eviction from the stadium.

The snub apparently stems from a rift between station owner Sunbeam Communications and Kraft, who once owned Channel 7.

The feud reportedly began when the station stopped airing a regular-season pregame show two years ago, and deepened when Channel 7 declined to renew its lease on a luxury box.

WHDH-TV has broadcast the 11 Patriots regular-season games carried by NBC and carries the postgame show, ``Fifth Quarter,″ which the team owns.

Station employees said no one was available to answer questions about the issue Sunday.

Patriots spokesman Don Lowery said the team did not hear from the station until late Friday night. By that time, he said, ``We just weren’t prepared to accomodate them.″

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