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Opener is doubtful on Paragon

Paragon Cable probably will not televise the Tampa Bay Lightning's first game tonight against the Chicago Blackhawks because it still has not reached a contract settlement with Sunshine Network.

"We haven't heard anything," Tony Marino, Paragon's vice president of marketing, said Tuesday afternoon. "But if something were to break (today), we'd be able to respond and air the game up to an hour before game time (7:35 p.m.)."

Paragon Cable has more than 300,000 subscribers in Pinellas, Hillsborough, Manatee and Polk counties.

However, two other local cable outlets will show tonight's game.

Vision Cable also has been unable to reach a contract agreement with Sunshine Network, but it will televise the contest, according to Vision Cable vice president and general manager Jim Waldo.

Vision Cable has more than 100,000 subscribers in Clearwater, Dunedin, Belleair, Kenneth City, Largo, Oldsmar, St. Petersburg, Pinellas Park, Tarpon Springs and unincorporated parts of Pinellas County.

Jones Intercable, with 60,000 subscribers in Tampa, also will carry the game.

In lieu of the Lightning-Blackhawks game, Paragon Cable will offer taped sports programing on Prime Network (an affiliate of Sunshine Network) from 7 p.m.-2:30 a.m. Sunshine will air a repeat of the hockey game at midnight.

Commemorative piece

offered on Lightning

Enviromint, the company that mints the official Stanley Cup, World Series, Super Bowl and NBA championship medallions, has been licensed by the NHL to mint 5,000 pure silver medallions celebrating the Tampa Bay Lightning's inaugural season.

Each 1-ounce medallion is numbered and features the Lightning logo on the front with the Campbell Conference logo and the words "Tampa Bay Lightning" and "Inaugural Game October 7, 1992" on the reverse.

The medallion retails for $29.95 plus $5.00 shipping and is available by calling (800) 765-0123.

_ Information from special reports was used in this roundup.