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  • FIRST-YEAR EAGLES OWNER LURIE FINDS IT'S EASY BEIN' GREEN

         In a "Monday Night Football" interview with ABC's Al
    Michaels, Eagles Owner JEFFREY LURIE said that the $185M he paid
    for the team was a "very fair price":  "NFL football is the most
    popular form of entertainment in America, and the avenues to
    distribute it worldwide, and all the different possible revenue
    sources in this league, it is just phenomenal."   Lurie argued
    that the current CBA is good for the players and the league:  "I
    think that the collective bargaining agreement helps players and
    owners and we will find our way through it and I think it is
    going to be worth a lot more in the future."  Before the
    interview, Lurie was shown joining tailgaters outside Veterans
    Stadium prior to the game ("Monday Night Football," ABC, 10/24).
         PET PROJECT:  Lurie says that the future of the NFL will
    include technological interactivity which will provide fans with
    increased access to the game.  Lurie said that technology has
    improved dramatically over the past five years and that the next
    "logical step" for the league is video games with virtual
    reality.  Lurie said that in a "interactive" future luxury box
    owners will benefit from increased options: "I think the luxury
    boxes will be like home entertainment and computer centers, with
    all sorts of imaging, and computer software capabilities (AP/NEW
    YORK TIMES, 10/25).
    

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  • NAMES IN THE NEWS

         According to a poll of 200 kids ages 11 to 17, conducted by
    the Leo Burnett Co., the "coolest celebrities," in no particular
    order:  CHARLES BARKLEY, MICHAEL JORDAN, SHAQUILLE O'NEAL, KEVIN
    COSTNER and JOE MONTANA (AD AGE, 10/24 issue)....In ENTERTAINMENT
    WEEKLY's annual Power 101 Survey, RUPERT MURDOCH has been named
    Hollywood's top player, SUMNER REDSTONE was second, MICHAEL
    EISNER was fifth and TED TURNER was sixth (10/24 issue)....Among
    the keynote speakers at this fall's Sports Careers Seminar: RON
    FRASER, retired head baseball coach at the Univ/Miami, and
    NewLeaf VP TONY ROMERO, who will speak on the upcoming plans for
    Blockbuster Park.  Newleaf is a joint venture company that was
    formed by Blockbuster and IBM.  Sports Careers will host the
    Seminar October 27-29 in South FL (Sports Careers).
    GCI Group President/CEO JACK BERGEN will be a featured speaker
    offering his perspective of sports marketing at the '94 U.S.
    Olympic Congress, November 9-11 in Nashville (GCI). DAVID
    LETTERMAN:  "Yesterday at the Meadowlands, the New York Giants
    lost their fourth game in row.  It was so bad that in the fourth
    quarter, fans actually began chanting, "Let's Go Mets, Let's Go
    Mets!" ("Late Night," CBS, 10/24).
    

    Print | Tags: CBS, IBM, New York Mets, People and Pop Culture, Viacom
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