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Published October 5, 1994
New Pres. Harvey Schiller "is expected to use his contacts with event organizers" to help secure Ted Turner's position in sports. Michael Hiestand of USA TODAY writes of a "very preliminary" interest in a Winter Goodwill Games, possibly in '99. Schiller and Turner also still hope to "secure some involvement" in the '96 Atlanta Games (USA TODAY, 10/5)....TNT posted strong ratings for the third quarter as all five NFL on TNT games ranked among the seven highest-rated basic cable programs in the quarter. TNT is averaging an 8.7, its best start ever (THE DAILY)....Avis has allocated part of its baseball advertising investment to Prime Network telecasts of the Arizona Fall League next month. Eight games will be covered (Jack Craig, BOSTON GLOBE, 10/4)....N.Y. POST's Phil Mushnick criticizes SportsChannel New York for selling a half hour of airtime to "a trio of the country's most notorious scamdicappers" -- those 1- 900 football handicappers (N.Y. POST, 10/4)....CCTV, the national network of the People's Republic of China, has acquired the ATP Tour's Tier 1 broadcasting package, which includes the IBM/ATP Tour World Championship in Frankfurt and the ATP Tour World Doubles Championship in Indonesia (THE DAILY)....Empire Sports Network and Greater Rochester Cable launched an agreement that will bring the Sports Network to Rochester. Time Warner's Greater Rochester Cablevision has nearly 200,000 subscribers. Empire Sports carries the Sabres (THE DAILY)....Time Warner cable TV systems in New York City announced today that a $1.045M license fee credit received from Madison Square Garden Network for canceled Yankees games will be passed on to system customers as credits on their cable bills during the next several weeks. For subscribers to SportsChannel, Time Warner's cable systems previously announced that subscribers would receive the premium service for free from August 12 through the end of September (THE DAILY).