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ABC to show women
for first time, except
49 affiliates will not.

(Saturday, June 5, 1999) -- The good news is the United States women will make their network television debut when ABC televises their match tomorrow against Canada at Civic Stadium in Portland, Ore., at 2 p.m. (ET). The bad news is that 49 affiliates will not show the game because of prior commitments to the Children Miracle Network’s annual telethon.

The United States Soccer Federation predicts attendance at American women’s last game before the Women’s World Cup starts June 19 to draw more that 25,000 fans.

Forty-nine ABC affiliates will not televise the match live, including major TV markets in Baltimore, Chicago, Cleveland, Los Angeles, Miami, Milwaukee, Phoenix, Portland, Sacramento, Calif.; San Diego, San Francisco, and Seattle.

The Pacific Time Zone will be hit particularly hard, but six affiliates, according to the USSF, are scheduled to air the game on a two-hour delay at 4 p.m. (ET). Those are stations in Bakersfield, Calif.; Kennewick, Wash.; Las Vegas; Palm Springs, Calif.; Redding, Calif.; and San Jose, Calif.

A list of the affiliates not broadcasting the women’s game live:

Albany, N.Y. -- WTEN-10
Austin, Tex. -- KVUE-24
Baltimore -- WMAR 2
Baton Rouge, La. -- WBRZ-2
Boise, Idaho -- KIVI-6
Burlington, Vt. -- WVNY-22
Chattanooga, Tenn. -- WTVC-9
Chicago -- WLS-7
Cleveland -- WEWS-5
El Paso, Tex. -- KVIA-7
Eugene, Ore -- KEZI-9
Flint, Mich. -- WJRT-12
Fresno, Calif. -- KFSN-30
Ft. Wayne, Ind. -- WPTA-21
Gainesville, Fla. -- WCJB-20
Green Bay, Wisc. -- WBAY-2
Greenwood, Miss. -- WABG-6
Huntsville, Ala. -- WAAY-31
Jackson, Tenn. -- WBBJ-7
Jonesboro, Ark. -- KAIT-8
Kingsport, Tenn. -- WKPT-19
La Crosse, Wisc. -- WXOW-19
Los Angeles -- KABC-7
Lynchburg, Va -- WSET-13
Manchester, N.H. -- WMUR-9
Medford, Ore. -- KDRV-12
Miami, Fla. -- WPLG-10
Milwaukee, Wisc. -- WISN-12
Moline, Ill. -- WQAD-8
Norfolk, Va. -- WVEC-13
Oak Hill, W.V. -- WOAY-4
Oklahoma City, Okla. -- KOCO-5
Panama City, Fla. -- WMBB-13
Pensacola, Fla. -- WEAR-3
Phoenix -- KNXV-15
Portland, Ore -- KATU-2
Reno, Nev. -- KOLO-8
Sacramento, Calif. -- KXTV-10
San Diego -- KGTV-10
San Francisco -- KGO-7
Santa Barbara, Calif. -- KEYT-3
Scranton, Pa -- WNEP-16
Seattle -- KOMO-4
Spokane, Wash. -- KXLY-4
Syracuse, N.Y. -- WIXT-9
Wausau, Wisc. -- WAOW-9
Wichita, Kan. -- KAKE-10
Wilmington, N.C. -- WWAY-3
Yakima, Wash. -- KAPP-35

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