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A CONTRACT WITH THE KREMLIN
William Oscar Johnson
February 21, 1977
In a scene evocative of a treaty signing, Robert Howard of NBC (left) and the U.S.S.R.'s Ignati Novikov ended two years of foreign intrigue, concluding an $85 million TV deal for the Moscow Olympics
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February 21, 1977

A Contract With The Kremlin

In a scene evocative of a treaty signing, Robert Howard of NBC (left) and the U.S.S.R.'s Ignati Novikov ended two years of foreign intrigue, concluding an $85 million TV deal for the Moscow Olympics

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Now the question is: Who won this confrontation between the U.S.S.R. and the networks? No one knows. This was just the first skirmish in the conflict. Only late in the summer of 1980, when the Games are over and the NBC cameras and crews have gone home, will we know exactly who sold what, who bought what and who got the better of whom.

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