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  • FINAL WIMBLEDON BIDS MADE BY NBC AND FOX

         Yesterday, NBA and Fox made their final bids on a new 6-year
    Wimbledon contract.  Incumbents HBO and NBC "most likely" bumped
    their annual fee from a current combined figure of $20M to $25M-
    plus.  Fox Sports spokesperson Vince Wladika denied Fox and its
    fX cable partner met the $35M a year goal they would need to win
    the U.S. rights.  Wladika: "That's the wrong terms and dollars,
    and it's not just for U.S. rights."  Fox hopes to combine
    European and Asian satellite rights, which NBC and HBO contend
    should be separated from U.S. rights (Rudy Martzke, USA TODAY,
    11/10).
    

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  • PPV MONEY COULD BE UP IN BOXING THANKS TO FOREMAN, TYSON

         Showtime Event TV (SET) is counting on big boxing events to
    "punch up" pay-per-view event revenue to $396M next year, "nearly
    double what the company is projecting for the industry's current
    year."  McAdory Lipscomb, Exec VP/GM for SET, said the possible
    return to the ring of Mike Tyson combined with new champion
    George Foreman "will add major marquee value to boxing."  Boxing
    still accounts for about 50% of revenue in the PPV business.
    Lipscomb: "When you begin to look at the marquee fighters, next
    year will be pretty big" (Stephen Battagilo, HOLLYWOOD REPORTER,
    11/9).    BIG GEORGE VS. IRON MIKE?  Don King responded to George
    Foreman's proposal of a fight between Foreman and Mike Tyson
    saying it would be "short term gain for long term pain"
    ("SportsCenter," ESPN, 11/9).  Tyson removed his request for an
    appeal and will serve the remainder of his sentence.  He is
    eligible for parole in May ("Sports Tonight," CNN, 11/9).
         BOXING RATINGS:  HBO Sports' coverage of the Foreman-Moorer
    fight drew the network's highest rating since '90 for an
    "original non-movie program" (HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, 11/9).
    

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