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         The Mighty Ducks announced they have reached a one year
    broadcast agreement with KGME 1360 AM in Phoenix, KVNA 690 AM in
    Flagstaff, and KHJ 1380 in Lancester, CA for the '94-'95 season.
    The Ducks now have eight affliated radio stations for the
    upcoming season in CA, AZ and NC (THE DAILY, 9/14)....TNT will
    air four encore presentations of "75 Seasons: The History of the
    NFL."  The show, which aired for the first time last night, will
    be broadcast on 9/14, 9/18, 9/25, and 10/3 (THE DAILY,
    9/14)....The Patriots continue to be a hot draw in Boston, as
    over 606,000 homes watched WBZ's fourth quarter on Sunday.  For
    two games, they have averaged 465,000 homes, or a 22.1 rating
    (Jim Baker, BOSTON HERALD, 9/13)....Entertainment Tonight
    profiled Ken Burns' "Baseball."  ET's Mary Hart: "PBS is
    expecting big numbers. Baseball goes on sale in video stores a
    week from Friday, while the series is still running" ("ET,"
    9/13)....SI's 40th Anniversary show airs tonight on NBC.  The
    show will be hosted by Bob Costas, but it is being produced by
    SI's new TV division.  ESPN reported the Top 5 of SI's 40 "Most
    Influential Sports Figures" to be unveiled tonight:  1)
    Muhammad Ali;  2)  Michael Jordan; 3) Roone Arledge;  4)
    Jim Brown;  5) Billie Jean King ("SportsCenter," 9/13).

    Print | Tags: Anaheim Ducks, ESPN, NBC, New England Patriots, NFL, Sports Illustrated, Media, Turner Sports, Walt Disney

         Disney is rumored to be "weighing a bid" of $5B for General
    Electric's NBC unit, according to several executives familiar
    with the negotiations.  "Disney executives have been saying
    privately for the past few months that they were more interested"
    in purchasing NBC than the other networks, because NBC is the
    "most troubled network and therefore might be relatively less
    expensive to acquire."  But some close to Disney "cautioned" that
    the issue of price "still remained a significant obstacle" in the
    talks (Jensen & Turner, WALL STREET JOURNAL, 9/14).  Due to the
    price issue, Disney reportedly has also begun discussions with
    CBS.  Although Disney has shown previous interest in acquiring a
    network, several analysts yesterday said that they "felt it
    unlikely" that Disney would actually make a deal at this time
    (Geraldine Fabrikant, N.Y. TIMES, 9/14).
         DISNEY VS. TIME WARNER:  Disney's offer, which is for all of
    NBC, could present a "much more attractive option" for GE, which
    is also negotiating with Time Warner.  Unlike Disney's offer for
    the entire network, Time Warner's bid is for 49% of NBC's
    programming operations for a reported price of $2.5B.  While GE
    originally found Time Warner's offer appealing, they "may find it
    more attractive to unload the network business altogether" rather
    than hang on to stations as envisioned in the Time Warner plan.
    Disney also has a "much stronger balance sheet and a better
    reputation" for marketing than Time Warner (WALL STREET JOURNAL,

    Print | Tags: CBS, NBC, Media, Viacom, Walt Disney
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