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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).
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, 9/14).